Leica M 0.8 lenses, iconic look, inspired character

par Leitz Cine Wetzlar La Lettre AFC n°269

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For over 60 years the Leica M full frame lenses have inspired photographers and cinematographers alike with their unique interpretation of light, skin tones and color. The Leica M 0.8 lenses bring the iconic look and character of Leica’s legendary M glass directly to the world of moving pictures by making it easier than ever to work with these lenses in true cinema applications.

The Leica M 0.8 lenses feature a smooth iris rotation and larger 0.8 module / 32 pitch gear rings for focus and iris, allowing them to work seamlessly with traditional cine accessories. For this series the five fastest lenses in each focal length were selected. They will be available individually or as a set and include :
- 24mm f/1.4
- 28mm f/1.4
- 35mm f/1.4
- 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux

The unrivaled compact size and weight of the Leica M 0.8 lenses opens up new opportunities for use on drones, gimbals and other compact camera rigs. Designed for full frame (24x36mm) sensors and film stocks, the M 0.8 lenses cover larger sensors like RED’s Dragon 8K VistaVision, Sony a7 series and the Leica SL, while smaller sensor cameras will benefit from using more of the sweet spot of the lens.
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Technical details

Camera compatibility
The Leica M 0.8 lenses retain the Leica M mount, which is necessary to maintain their compact size. The lenses can be used on many cameras through the use of interchangeable mounts or adapters.

RED’s DSMC2 design allows the use of their Leica M
Mount on all of their cameras with interchangeable
mounts, including Scarlet, Epic, Weapon 6K, Weapon
8K VV and Helium 8K. A modified OLPF will be
required for RED cameras and will be available
directly from CW.


A variety of adapters are available for Sony E and FZ mount cameras, including the Sony a7 series, FS5, FS7, F5 and F55.


The Leica SL mirrorless camera uses Leica M lenses with an adapter to capture high quality 4K, HD video and full frame stills.


Focal Length (mm)2124283550
Aperture f / 1.4 f / 1.4 f / 1.4 f / 1.4 f / 0.95
Image Circle Full Frame
Lens Mont Leica M
Weight (g) 580 500 440 320 700
Weight (lb) 1.3 1.1 1.0 0.7 1.5
Length (cm) 7.7 7.7 8.1 5.8 7.5
Length (in) 3.0 3.0 3.2 2.3 2.9
Close Focus (m) 0.7 0.7 0.7 0.7 1
Close Focus (ft) 2.3 2.3 2.3 2.3 3.3
Screw-in Filter Series VIII Series VII E49 E46 E60