Allendale, NJ—The development team at CW Sonderoptic GmbH was honored with the Scientific and Engineering Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the Leica Summilux-C (Cine) lens line. CW Sonderoptic is a manufacturer of premium lenses for movie and television productions that operates under the Leica brand name.
The Academy presented the Academy Plaque to Iain Neil (optical design) and André de Winter (mechanical design) in Los Angeles during a gala at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The award honors individuals and companies whose inventions and innovations make a significant and lasting contribution to the further development of the motion picture industry. Each year the Scientific and Engineering Award are presented two weeks before the Oscars are awarded.
“We have succeeded in transferring the virtually iconic reputation of the Leica brand from photography to cinematography,” commented Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, chairman of the supervisory board at Leica Camera AG and owner of CW Sonderoptic GmbH. “This accolade awarded to us by the Academy proves once again that lenses from Wetzlar are among the best in the world when it comes to high quality, optical and mechanical excellence, and superior imaging performance.”
Leica lenses were used in the filming of numerous major feature film productions in the last three years, including Birdman, The Theory of Everything, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Gone Girl, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Technical and creative properties of the Leica Cine lenses include consistently high illumination across the frame for all focal lengths and linear focusing scales that make camera work on the set much easier. Their compact dimensions and low weight make them particularly mobile. us.leica-camera.com