Behind the Lens

Expedition with Renan Ozturk and Leica M 0.8 Lenses

Expedition with Renan Ozturk and Leica M 0.8 Lenses

Filmmaker, artist and climber Renan Ozturk (Meru, Down to Nothing) specializes in adventure art, including a number stunning films that have earned him numerous accolades for his cinematography and storytelling. In June 2017, Renan and fellow climber Alex Honnold went on an expedition to Alaska to capture some big wall climbing. For Renan, it was a perfect opportunity to try out the new Leica M 0.8 lenses.

Renan had migrated to shooting on RED cameras in recent years due to their compact form factor and light weight, both of which are extremely important factors when hiking and climbing with elite athletes. When Renan first saw the prototypes of the Leica M 0.8 lenses at NAB in 2016 he was enthusiastic. They were tiny, weighed next to nothing, and were really fast! Most of the M 0.8 lenses are f/1.4 while the 50mm is f/0.95. Renan asked if he could be an early tester.

“When chasing world class athletes like Alex Honnold around the mountains every gram matters,” said Renan. “We are cutting inside tags off jackets and sawing our toothbrushes in half.”

Skip ahead to June. Alex Honnold had recently completed the first ever free-solo of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. Renan thought the Alaska trip would be the perfect opportunity to test out the Leica M 0.8 lenses and took the set with him. “The M 0.8 are a dream come true in being able to utilize some of the most beautiful prime lenses on the planet in terms of bokeh, skin tones, and sharpness while still being able to literally survive among the largest rock cliffs and glaciers on earth,” said Renan.

Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate, and they weren’t able to do the climbing they had hoped for, but Renan captured some glacial lifestyle content along the way. Below is the video from that trip using the Leica M 0.8 lenses. To request more information about the lenses contact us directly.

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