Leica M 0.8

Bringing the iconic character of the Leica M lenses to the world of moving pictures.

A New Way to Look at Light, Skin Tones and Color

For over 60 years the Leica M full frame lenses have captured unique, iconic images around the world. Now CW Sonderoptic, sister company to Leica Camera, is bringing the characteristics of these lenses directly to the cinema world with their new Leica M 0.8 lenses. The Leica M 0.8 lenses interpret light and skin tones with a unique sense of clarity, color and charisma. Now it is easier than ever to bring that character to the world of moving pictures.

CW selected 5 lenses for this series, choosing the fastest in each focal length. They include: 21mm f/1.4, 24mm f/1.4, 28mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and the 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux. The lenses will be available individually or as a set.

Where the Leica M 0.8 lenses truly distinguish themselves is in the look that they deliver to digital cameras. Their character is unlike anything else in the cinema world at this time with an emotional tone to the images that is at once impossible to put into words, yet intimately familiar to the senses. The way the M 0.8 lenses render light, give depth to skin tones, shape highlights and roll off focus bring a new opportunity for creativity to all image seekers.

The Set

The Leica M 0.8 line of lenses consists of 5 focal lengths from 21mm to 50mm.

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Analog Look
The Leica M 0.8 lenses are not technically vintage, but their image profile preserves some of what has been lost in modern lens design. Their subtle center-weighted field of focus and curving focus roll off create a dimensionality that has always set Leica M lenses apart from more advanced optics that can be precise to the point of boring.
Natural Depth
Modern lenses pop into focus is a flat and layered manner than can be at times jarring or appear unrealistic by drawing attention to themselves. The Leica M 0.8 lenses roll into focus on a curve that more accurately recreates natural perception and the imperfection of the natural world. This creates images that feel different and dimensional, that appear satisfying on a subconscious level.
Size Matters
These lenses are among the smallest lenses that can be used with cine accessories on professional cameras. They open up new worlds for compact cameras, drones, gimbals and underwater camera configurations to allow your cinematic vision to expand.
Best of the Best
The M 0.8 lenses are assembled on the Leica M lens production line using the best components available. Each piece of glass is hand-selected and undergoes 3-4 times as much cleaning as traditional M lenses to assure performance.

Technical Specifications

21mm
24mm
28mm
35mm
50Nmm
APERTURE
f/1.4
f/1.4
f/1.4
f/1.4
f/0.95
IMAGE CIRCLE
Full Frame (24mm x 36mm)
LENS MOUNT
Leica M
WEIGHT (g)
515
505
480
370
835
WEIGHT (lb)
1.1
1.1
1.1
0.8
1.3
LENGTH (cm)
8.7
8.7
8.3
8.3
9.8
LENGTH (in)
3.4
3.4
3.8
3.3
3.9
CLOSE FOCUS (m)
0.7
0.7
0.7
0.7
1.0
CLOSE FOCUS (ft)
2'
3
2'
3
2'
3
2'
3
3'
3
FRONT DIAMETER
80mm
SCREW-IN FILTER
77mm

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