Sony NEX lenses too big? No fast pancakes? Meet the Olympus PEN-F 38mm F1.8

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Recently a Leica factory man came out and said he was ‘troubled’ by Sony’s approach to the NEX camera – that of a small body but large lenses. It’s an interesting remark and quite political because Leica are known to be developing their own competing mirrorless camera. Not a rangefinder like the M9 but consumer priced.

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The Leicina Special – when Leica made movie cameras

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Before DSLRs, when was the last time the worlds of cinema and SLRs merged?

Last week I had my eyes opened by a cinematographer friend who told me about a time during the 1970s (the golden age of cinema) when Leica got in on the game and produced a movie camera.

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The anamorphic miracle filter

Pictured: Unique-in-the-world (factory custom job) Iscorama with aspherical elements from a Leica Sumicron.
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Buy: 72mm Tokina +0.4 Diopter on eBay from a London based cinematographer

Diopters or achromats dramatically improve the sharpness and minimum focus distance of anamorphic lenses.

A Tokina double element diopter has transformed my Isco Centavision anamorphic to the point where it rivals the Iscorama 36 for sharpness. It has halved the minimum focus distance of the lens from 2 metres to 1.

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Leica Summilux C cinema primes for the Panasonic AF100?

With the announcement of the AF100, Panasonic have got a jump on the professional video departments of other manufacturers, notably Sony and Canon. They also have a relationship with Leica.

Today I received news that new Micro 4/3rds cine lenses similar to the Summilux C range (housing by Band Pro, optical formulas by Leica) are going to form an integral part of the AF100 package.

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