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Leica Thalia 45mm T2.9 Prime - PL Mount

Leica
Abel Code: Thalia45
Mfr. Code: 11 453
Description
The Leica Thalia 45mm T2.9 Prime is a large sensor cinema lens, covering sensors up to 65mm (such as the Alexa 65), as well as full frame or VV sensors such as the RED WEAPON MONSTRO 8K camera.
Key Highlights
  • 45mm T2.9 Prime
  • /i Technology metadata in mount contacts
  • Uniform 95mm diameter
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Overview

Overview

The Leica Thalia 45mm T2.9 Prime from CW Sonderoptic with PL mount features a 60mm image circle to cover an ARRI ALEXA 65 and other large-format cine cameras. It includes a PL mount and support /i Technology metadata through mount contacts. The lenses are compact and feature a uniform 95mm diameter.

With a range from 24mm to 180mm these lightweight Thalia lenses include what CW Sonderoptic calls a unique always-round iris design for a smooth, distinct bokeh which is full of character. Although these are not vintage glass elements they can pair well with digital sensors. The manufacturer labels them as smooth and clear without being overly sharp.

Image Circle

Leica Thalia lenses offer a large image circle which covers sensors up to the ARRI ALEXA 65, but can be used to create stunning images on VistaVision, Super 35 sensors, and film stocks as well.

Analog Look

Although the Thalia primes incorporate new technologies and materials, they offer image characteristics which that have driven cinematographers to pair older lenses with digital sensors. They are clear without being overly sharp. Focus is smooth and forgiving without looking soft. Skin tones are natural and smooth with accurate color rendition.

Dimensionality

Images captured with the Leica Thalia lenses can appear to have an added depth and dimensionality, especially on larger sensors, due to a gradual focus fall off curve. Rather than even, flat layers of focus across the frame, Thalia lenses produce a slight curve which can make an image pop, because it is simultaneously more consistent with human vision and yet different from most images created with modern lenses.

Always Round Iris

The innovative iris design of a Leica Thalia lens maintains a circular iris through all aperture stops. This produces a cinematic bokeh which comes alive with character. Out-of-focus elements maintain their structure, which further adds to the sense of dimensionality in the image.

If you are interested in vintage lenses and want to learn more, check out Allison's blog article which was a Pick of the Month.

What's in the Box

  • 1 x Leica Thalia 45mm T2.9 Prime - PL Mount
Specifications

Specifications

Key Highlights

  • 45mm T2.9 Prime
  • /i Technology metadata in mount contacts
  • Uniform 95mm diameter
  • 60mm image circle with smooth bokeh
  • PL Mount

Lens Characteristics

Prime or Zoom:
Prime
Lens Mount:
PL
Blade Count:
15
Filter Thread Size:
92mm - screw-in
Fixed Focal Length:
45mm
Front Diameter:
95mm - for all Thalia lenses in the set
Image Circle:
60mm - covers an ARRI ALEXA 65 and other large-format cameras
Max Dimensions (Diameter x Length):
95mm x 5.2" - 45mm Lens
Rotation Angle of Focusing Ring:
270degrees
Aperture Range:
2.9 - 45mm Lens
Minimum Focus Distance:
2' - 45mm Lens

Special Features

General Notes:
Iris shape remains circular through all stops
Matched focus/iris ring locations across all focal lengths
Rear Filter via net holder
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