Optics manufacturer Ernst Leitz Wetzler has announced an interesting new cinematographer’s viewfinder that features an integrated lens adapter and foldaway handle that offers built-in record button.

Designed to pair specifically with Leica’s SL2 camera systems, including the new SL2-S announced today, the ‘Henri’ Cinematographer’s Viewfinder features a built-in adapter that comes in two versions: L-PL and L-LPL. Regardless of which adapter you choose, the ‘Henri’ includes a rail system for supporting the attached lens, as well as a handle that includes controls for starting and stopping video recording.

When the handle is folded up between the rails, the system can be mounted directly to a monopod or tripod plate for easy transitions between mounted and handheld recording. When paired with a Leica SL2 camera system, the handle and camera together weigh 1940g (4.27lbs).

The ‘Henri’ name is a tribute to Dr. Henri Dumar, a Managing Director of ‘Ernst Leitz Optische Werke Wetzlar.’ Leica says ‘With his character, his 60-year dedicated work and support for Leitz, he is to this day unforgotten and an exceedingly respected personality within the Leitz family.’

Leica hasn’t revealed the availability or pricing of the ‘Henri’ Cinematographer’s Viewfinder at this time. We have followed up with a representative and will update this article with more details when we receive them.

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