“The Leitz Elise lenses have a lovely warmth to them and resolve beautifully. Contrast was consistent throughout the set even on the widest focal length, a tricky feat in wide lenses offering full frame coverage.”

Eve Cohen

Character by Design

The Leitz ELSIE lenses are purpose-built for cinematography with character-rich, beyond full frame performance to serve a broad range of productions. They exhibit a gentle fall off of focus, resolution, and illumination toward the edges of the frame that draws the viewer’s attention toward the subject creating a dimensional feel that is more pronounced than the lenses in our Performance series, but more subtle than the more extreme lenses in our Legacy series. Their warm color temperature makes sure that talent looks beautiful and colors remain accurate.

The ELSIE lenses offer cinematographers a look with personality, but without getting boxed into something too intense or limiting in scope. While the lenses can exhibit dynamic lenticular flares wide open, they can be controlled easily by stopping down so that scenes with windows and hot practical sources are easily manageable.

They exhibit a relatively high contrast which combines with their unique focus fall off to create separation that gives the appearance of a faster lens without the drawbacks of working at an ultra-fast aperture. The bokeh quality was fine-tuned in conjunction with Leica Camera to be smooth yet maintain structure to out-of-focus elements that maintains a sense of place without sacrificing the feeling of depth, separation, and dimensionality.

 

Built for Cinematography

Designed from the ground up to be cinematography lenses, the Leitz ELSIE primes feature many of the technical attributes expected from professional lenses. Available only in LPL mount and including /i metadata, the large set of 13 primes from 15mm to 150mm are all T2.1 and come in consistent sizes with matched focus and iris ring positions for quick lens changes. The LEITZ ZOOMs make an ideal pairing when looking for companion zoom lenses.

Designed by our optical engineers and hand assembled at our factory in Germany, the ELSIE lenses embody the mechanical precision and technical accuracy as well as the human touch that Leitz lenses are known for.

The lenses feature a noticeable but gradual falloff of resolution and illumination as the image approaches the corners to create a dimensional pop that gently draws the viewer‘s eye toward the center of the frame. The LEITZ ZOOMs make an excellent companion for the ELSIE primes in both image look and feel.

The name ELSIE is inspired by lifelong humanitarian Elsie Kühn-Leitz, daughter of Ernst Leitz II, who championed the oppressed and suffering and risked her own life to help them.

 

Who is Elsie?

The name ELSIE is inspired by lifelong humanitarian Elsie Kühn-Leitz, daughter of Ernst Leitz II, who championed the oppressed and suffering and risked her own life to help them. During World War II Elsie and her family helped save the lives of hundreds of their employees and fellow citizens by sending them out of the country. Her efforts to alleviate the suffering of Ukrainian forced laborers during the war landed her in jail, but her spirit persisted and after the war she continued to dedicate her life to improving the lives of others.

 

 

ELSIE 25 mm horizontal right
ELSIE 25 mm straight name

Made in Germany

Designed and manufactuered in Germany, the ELSIE lenses incorporate the warmth and resolution that Leitz lenses are known for.

L1000231 ELSIE 25mm T2.1 FDTimes

Bokeh Design

A new bokeh design developed in conjunction with Leica Camera more closely mimics their M lenses by creating out-of-focus elements that are painterly while still being recognizable.

ELSIE RED Color 10

Consistent T-Stop

All the ELSIE lenses are at T2.1. They are designed for full frame performance with a consistency in size and speed to serve a broad range of productions.

Shot with ELSIE

Check out these short films that were all shot on our LEITZ ELSIE Lenses

Night in Skopje

IRIOMOTE_The lights, winds of "Warp and Weft"

Technical Specifications

Focal Length

15 mm

18 mm

21 mm

25 mm

29 mm

35 mm

40 mm

50 mm

65 mm

75 mm

100 mm

125 mm

150 mm

Aperture

T2.1

Image Circle

46.5 mm

Close Focus (ft)

1'2"

1'2"

1'2"

1'2"

1'2"

1'2"

1'2"

1'8"

2'2"

2'6"

2'10"

4'2"

5'

Close Focus (m)

0.35

0.35

0.35

0.35

0.35

0.35

0.35

0.5

0.65

0.75

0.85

1.25

1.5

Horizontal angle of view "Full Frame" 36 mm x 24 mm

100.4°

90°

81.2°

71.5°

63.7°

54.4°

48.5°

39.6°

31°

27°

20.4°

16.4°

13.7°

Horizontal angle of view "Super 35" 24.9 mm x 18.7 mm

79.4°

69.3°

61.3°

59.2°

46.5°

39.1°

34.6°

28°

21.7°

18.8°

14.2°

11.4°

9.5°

Weight (lb)

5.5

5.3

5.3

4.4

4.8

4.8

4.8

4.4

4.8

4.6

4.6

5.3

5.3

Weight (kg)

2.5

2.4

2.4

2

2.1

2.1

2.1

2

2.1

2.1

2.1

2.4

2.4

Length (in / mm)

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

6.3" / 160

Lens Mount

LPL with Cooke /i and LDS-2

Front Diameter

114 mm

114 mm

114 mm

95 mm

95 mm

95 mm

95 mm

95 mm

95 mm

95 mm

95 mm

114 mm

114 mm

Front Filter

No filter thread

No filter thread

No filter thread

M 92 mm x 1 mm screw-in

M 92 mm x 1 mm screw-in

M 92 mm x 1 mm screw-in

M 92 mm x 1 mm screw-in

M 92 mm x 1 mm screw-in

M 92 mm x 1 mm screw-in

M 92 mm x 1 mm screw-in

M 92 mm x 1 mm screw-in

M 112 x 1.5 screw-in

M 112 x 1.5 screw-in

Rear Filter

Via Net Holder (expect 15 mm)

Matched Focus/Iris Ring Locations

All focal lengths

Focus Rotation | Iris Rotation

270° | 51.45°

Focus Scales

Turnable scales, easy change from imperial to metric

Iris Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

13 Blades

13 Blades

15 Blades

15 Blades

Iris Shape

Circular through all stops

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Resources

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