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Leitz 18mm Summilux-C T1.4 Prime - PL Mount

Abel Code: LEI-SMLX-C-18MM
Mfr. Code: 44 410 SMLX-C-18MM
Estimated to Ship – 3-4 weeks
Special Order Only
This is a special order item. You will be charged upon placing your order, which is non-cancelable and non-returnable.
The 18mm Summilux-C weighs only 3.6lb and includes a 1'6" close focus distance. Leitz Summilux-C cine lenses are comprised of 12 focal lengths from 16mm to 135mm which produce natural color rendition and a creamy yet sharp image.
Key Highlights
  • Award winning imagery
  • Designed for film & digital
  • Patented expanded focus scale


The goal of the Leitz Summilux-C cine lenses was lofty from the start: take everything known about modern lens design, then perfect it and beautify it until it reaches the border of impossible. The trick was to do so without losing the Leitz character, the natural color rendition, and the kindness of the human face and form. The Summilux-C lenses achieve this goal with their absence of breathing, color fringing and distortion. Where they excel is the transformation of smooth, soft skin tones, and backgrounds bounded by a clarity and resolution so a notable subject. All without sacrifice or compromise.

There are 12 lenses in the Summilux-C family: 16mm, 18mm, 21mm, 25mm, 29mm, 35mm, 40mm, 50mm, 65mm, 75mm, 100mm, and 135mm. All but the 135mm share Aperture (T1.4-T22, fully closing iris aperture) and length (5.6"/ 142mm). All feature a titanium PL Mount.


At T1.4 the Leitz Summilux-C prime lenses are among the fastest modern lens sets available. Unlike traditional lenses they are designed to perform at their best when wide open.


The biggest complaint about 35mm cinema lenses has always been their large size intended to accommodate a focus ring with more witness marks. The Summilux-C lenses feature a patented focusing mechanism which rejects the logarithmic focusing of the past by expanding the focus scale in the most critical range.


Their unique design allows these cine lenses to be far smaller than any existing lenses below T2.0. At just 5.6” (142mm) long and weighing between 3.5 and 4 pounds (1.6-1.8kg), lens changes are easier and safer than ever, which is welcome news for camera assistants and hurried productions. Smaller lenses also result in smaller, lighter camera packages and cases as well as significantly smaller rigs.

Light Path

The use of exotic aspherical elements in each Leitz Summilux-C lens creates a telecentric path of light from the rear element to the sensor. Telecentricity and aspheric correction not only reduce chromatic aberrations and color fringing, but also create a more even illumination across the entire field. Add in an already large image circle and the Summilux-C lenses are ideal companions for larger digital sensors like the RED DRAGON sensor or select ARRI and Sony cameras. 

Ground-Breaking Optical & Mechanical Design

The Leitz Summilux-C lenses were honored with the 2014 Scientific and Engineering Award® from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (©A.M.P.A.S.®) for their innovative and ground-breaking optical and mechanical design. This helps produce the appealing look of the Leitz Summilux-C lens imagery.  

Creamy Sharpness

The most defining characteristic of Leitz cine lenses are their ability to capture a creamy sharpness in the image. Often lenses are either all sharp or all soft. These lenses have the unique ability to represent edges and fine details with clarity yet treat more humane subjects like skin tones and out of focus elements with a softness which feels accurate.

Natural & Consistent Color Rendition

One of the most difficult things to capture is what we see with our own eyes. The Summilux-C lenses are designed to reproduce the colors, the feel, and the shape of the world as we see it, much as Leitz’s classic rangefinder cameras and M lenses have done for street photographers for decades.

What's in the Box

  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Rear Lens Cap
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Leitz 18mm Summilux-C T1.4 Prime - PL Mount


Key Highlights

  • Award winning imagery
  • Designed for film & digital
  • Patented expanded focus scale
  • T1.4
  • Titanium PL Mount

Lens Characteristics

Prime or Zoom:
Lens Mount:
PL - Titanium
Focus Scale:
Feet - Imperial
Blade Count:
Filter Thread Size:
92mm - Screw-in
Fixed Focal Length:
Front Diameter:
Image Circle:
Max Dimensions (Diameter x Length):
95mm x 5.6" (142mm)
Rotation Angle of Focusing Ring:
Aperture Range:
T1.4 - T22, full close
Minimum Focus Distance:
1'6" (0.45m)


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11 in
15 in
15 lb
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