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Leitz announces Henri cinematographer’s viewfinder

Dec 11, 2020

Cine lens manufacturer Ernst Leitz Wetzlar GMBH has added Henri, a new cinematographer’s viewfinder, to its product family.

The upgraded cine application of the new Leica SL2S camera, was the main trigger for Leitz to collaborate on this project. This new system is based on the knowledge and experience of Leica in camera development for professional users, combined with Leitz’s understanding of the cine lens market and the particular needs of its professional users worldwide.

Henri consists of a newly-designed support system for Leica’s SL2 camera, with a pivoting handle including integrated camera controls. By flipping in the handle, the system can be easily attached to a monopod or tripod plate.


Leitz’s Rainer Hercher with the company’s new Henri Viewfinder

The modular system allows the camera to be easily taken on and off with L-PL and L-LPL mounts available. Weighing in at only 4lbs, Henri and the Leica SL2 Camera are a comfortable and practical ultra-lightweight solution for cinematographers and directors on-set.

Henri is named in honour of Dr. Henri Dumur, managing director of Ernst Leitz Optische Werke Wetzlar. “With his 60-year dedicated work and support for Leitz, Henri Dumur is to this day unforgotten and an exceedingly respected personality within the Leitz family,” said the company.

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