“The Leitz M 0.8 bokeh allows me to create separation and a dimensional feeling without shooting at an excessively shallow depth of field. They present a precise image with a clear and definitive focus that gives me more freedom to tell the story.”
Henry Braham, BSC
A New Way to Look at Light, Skin Tones and Color
For over 60 years the M full frame lenses have captured unique, iconic images around the world. Now Leitz Cine Wetzlar, sister company to Leica Camera, is bringing the characteristics of these lenses directly to the cinema world with their new M 0.8 lenses. The 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.
Leitz selected 8 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, 50mm f/1.4 and f/0.95 Noctilux, 75 mm f/2.0 and 90 mm f/2.0. The lenses are available individually or as a set.
Where the 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 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 M lenses apart from more advanced optics that can be precise to the point of boring.
Modern lenses pop into focus in a flat and layered manner that appears unrealistic by drawing attention to themselves. The 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.
The M 0.8 line of lenses consists of 7 focal lengths from 21 mm to 90 mm. 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.
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.
Check out these short films that were all shot on our M 0.8 cine lenses.
David Nissen Tondex 2000
The Future Isn't Waiting - Nike
Frozen Romania II
Renan Ozturk | Alaska Climbing Expedition
Bilderbuch - Nahuel Huapi / Daydrinking (official)
The Ghosts Above | Renan Ozturk | Sony Alpha Films
The optical design of some M 0.8 lenses includes a rear element that protrudes beyond the M mount into the body of the camera. Some camera systems do not allow safe use of these lenses.
Sony VENICE, VENICE 2
Leitz M Mount
ARRI Alexa 35, Alexa Mini LF
Leitz M Mount (sold out)
ARRI Alexa Mini, Amira
Leitz M Mount (sold out) and sensor mask replacement*
RED Raptor, Komodo
3rd party M Mount
RED DSMC2 cameras
Leitz OLPF and RED M Mount
SONY E Mount cameras
3rd party M Mount
LEICA SL cameras
LEICA L to M Mount
RED Raptor XL
Analog Film Cameras
Use caution when mounting the M 0.8 lenses on an untested system or with untested mounts as it can damage the lens or camera.
Focal Length (mm)
Close Focus (ft)
Close Focus (m)
Horizontal angle of view "Full Frame" 36 mm x 24 mm
Horizontal angle of view "Super 35" 24.9 mm x 18 mm
M Mount for Sony Venice
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