Shift 4, the first UK rental company to acquire the new Leitz Prime lenses, has conducted a test with a range of camera professionals.

The Leitz Primes have been used by Seamus McGarvey BSC ASC ISC shot Cyrano and Balazs Bolygo BSC HSC used them on the Netflix series Anatomy of a Scandal. And Tony Miller BSC used them for the upcoming short Mr. Malcolm’s List, airing from July.

Shift 4 invited UK cinematographers, dops, focus pullers and camera operators to a lens test and shot this short film to investigate the Leitz claim.

The Lens Test

The Leitz Primes are full frame, fast and spherical lenses, designed from the ground up and are very different to other Leitz lenses. Shift 4 have a set of 12 focal lengths available (ranging from 18mm-180mm) .

The group that took part in the test included cinematographers Chris Ross BSC (Top Boy & Room), Aadel Nodeh-Farahani (Tell Me Everything & Becoming You), Kia Fern Little (Celeste & Parallel) and Beatriz Delgado (Stay With Me & Losing Grace); dops Roy Estabrook (Murder in Successville & King Gary) and Jamie Cairney (Sex Education & Flowers); and camera operator Peter Robertson BSC ACO SOC (Cyrano & Atonement).

Read more about the results here. 


Pippa Considine

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