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Summicron-C Lenses Hit Size, Cost and Performance Sweet Spot

Recently Band Pro Film & Digital delivered my new set of Summicron-C lenses. I’d always loved Leica M and R still lenses and was impressed by the Leica Summilux-Cs—the new Summicrons carry over some of the best traits of both of these and also seem to have just the right size/cost/performance ratio. The lenses are extremely well built. Despite their smaller size, there’s a nice weight to them that feels right. The markings are well laid out and the focus gears rotate very smoothly.

Summicron-C lens set

I’ve tested the Summicron-Cs in a variety of conditions and have been impressed. Shots with my Fujifilm X-Pro1 still camera and PL adapter have a very nice quality to them. They are sharp but have a gentle focus falloff and contrast. The color rendition is extremely pleasing. I have also tested them with an ARRI Alexa and a Sony PMW-F55 and they really shine on both cameras. I’m eager to try them on the new RED Dragon sensor because the Summicrons have a larger image circle and seem like they will be a nice match.

Cinematographer Lyle Vincent has two feature films premiering at the Sundance Film Festival: Cooties, a horror comedy starring Elijah Wood, and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, a black & white Iranian vampire Western.

Cinematographer Lyle Vincent