New Gear: Leica Summicron-C Lenses


Announcing our new Leica Summicron-C series lenses

  leica_lei_sumc_set_cs_summicron_t2_0_lens_set_1029162 Yet another addition to our light-weight, high-quality gear, our the Leica Summicron-C series, our newest set of primes, boasts the fantastic optical qualities you expect from Leica glass, along with some useful new attributes.

The Specs

3GR now offiers the 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm lenses for rental. The Summicron-C series has a maximum aperture of T2, an 8-blade iris and a PL mount. The optical elements in this series are exclusively spherical. For additional tech specs, see the chart at the bottom of this post.

Large Image Circle for 6K Dragon and Beyond

For us at 3GR, one of the most exciting characteristics of Leica's Summicron-C series is their large image circle of 34mm or more, easily covering the 6K sensor of our Epic DRAGON cameras. Our forthcoming Epic WEAPON will look great with these Leicas as well.  
Summicron-C 100mm on a Red Epic DRAGON. Photo by Curt Schaller.

Summicron-C 100mm on a Red Epic DRAGON

Lightweight, Compact and Consistent

We also love the Summicron C's efficiency and ease of use on set. At 20% lighter and 30% shorter than Leica's Summilux-C lenses, the Summicron-C set is ideal for handheld, documentary-style, travel as well as setup-heavy studio shoots. The entire set shares a barrel diameter and physical size, making lens changes faster and minimizing the need for additional accessories to allow for variable barrel sizes. The gear rings line up on each lens, so you never have to reposition follow focus or motors or readjust your mattebox position. Whether these quick swaps let you snag that one additional shot you'd like to try, shoot more of the action in real time, or simply keep your day running smoothly, the consistent size and shape are a welcome characteristic.  
Leica Summicron-C's soft round Bokeh vs. Cooke's Hexagonal Shape

Leica Summicron-C's soft round Bokeh vs. Cooke's Hexagonal Shape

In addition to all of these practical attributes, it goes without saying that the Summicron C's don't skimp on look. They can create the beautiful images, skintones, and smooth, classic bokehs we expect from Leica, but in a tight, light package with a generous image circle.   Check out this gorgeous video of the Vienna State Ballet, which served as a test for the Summicron-Cs. Because Leica is classy like that.     Along with our new Easyrig Vario 5, OConnor 2560 and 60L, our new set of Leica Summicron-C lenses are light, intuitive, high-quality equipment that can optimize your workday as well as the look of your final product.   Let us know if you're interested in a quote or check out all of our current gear on our rate sheet. Have you used the Leica's Summicron-C series? Have any questions? Post a comment below!   Summicron-C-Lens-chart-v2

New Gear: OConnor 2560 Ultimate Fluid Head


We're excited to announce that we've added an OConnor 2560 to our rental inventory. The newest fluid head from Oconnor, the 2560 weighs in at only 16.2 pounds, almost 7 pounds lighter than the 2065, while maintaining a similar payload. It's well suited, safe and stable to a "maxed-out" Red Dragon or Scarlet in studio configuration.


A great mid-level head, the 2560 includes all the trademark OConnor features we know and love, with the benefit of the most advanced technology in lightweight materials and compact engineering available. Just like its larger counterpart, the 2575, the 2560 boasts sinusoidal counterbalance, fluid drag, and the ergonomic design for ease of use that all feel familiar and intuitive.

OConnor 60L Tripod: Light weight - Heavy Capacity

When the 2560 is paired with our oconnor_c1255_0011_60l_carbon_fiber_tripod_925472new OConnor 60L carbon fiber tripod, your complete support weighs about 25 pounds total. The 60L, at about 9 pounds, is ideal for quick adjustments and re-positioning. The double extension design provides a maximum height of about 60 inches while still safely supporting a payload of up to 209 pounds.

A quick clamping system, mid-level spreader and 150mm bowl allow for quick and stable leveling and operation. Its rubber feet are removable, revealing spikes for secure use on any terrain.vitec-c1260-0001 The tripod packs down to about 30 inches for easy travel as well.

Our 2560 is available with a 150mm ball head, compatible with our 60L, or can be fitted with a Mitchell base if necessary to suit your needs.

New Gear at 3GR: Rent the Oconnor 2560 Ultimate Fluid Head and Oconnor 60L carbon fiber tripod from our shop.