To celebrate the 100th anniversary of the American Society of Cinematographers Leica Camera has released the M10-P ASC 100 Edition. The still camera includes a Leica Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH lens and offers two specially tailored Cine Look modes built into the camera’s software that make it a focused professional tool for cinematographers and filmmakers. The set also includes a Leica Visoflex electronic viewfinder and a Leica M-PL-Mount Adapter that allows the use of almost all PL mount cine lenses available on the market.
In collaboration with some of the world’s most influential cinematographers and members of the ASC, Leica has developed the new Cine Look feature, which provides directors an exceptional visual experience. The ASC Cine Classic mode simulates a classic, analog 35mm motion-picture film look, while the ASC Contemporary mode delivers the current digital style of contemporary movies. Additionally, aspect ratios that are used in cinematography can also be selected from the camera’s menu. Once activated, the selected aspect ratio is displayed as a bright-line frame in Live View mode. The Leica M10-P ASC 100 Edition offers cinematographers and directors the freedom to view and assess scenes with any desired lens before filming even begins.
This limited-edition release is a modern take on Oskar Barnack’s original vision of the Ur-Leica prototype camera as an aid to cinematography, now reiterated in the unique design of the Leica M10-P ASC 100 Edition. Reduced simply to the essentials, blacked-out engravings on its black chrome surface accentuates the camera’s minimalistic feel which is further emphasized with the body leathering, similar to that of the Leica SL. The gold-colored anodized finish of the Leica Summicron-M 35 f/2 ASPH lens reinterprets the brass lens of the original Ur-Leica in a contemporary way. The unique aesthetic of the Leica M10-P ASC 100 Edition is also complemented by the ASC logo on the top plate.
The combination of the included electronic viewfinder, M-PL-Mount Adapter, Cine Look pre-sets and aspect ratio options enables the use of the camera as a director’s viewfinder, making it an extraordinarily versatile and useful tool for filmmakers. And together with the Leica FOTOS App, location scouting can be made much easier, as results can be shared and discussed immediately with everyone involved in the filming project.
The Leica M10-P ASC 100 Edition will be available in autumn 2019.