I gave Leica a heads up that I was going to be asking questions regarding the lens width in response to normal Red-type questions regarding coverage. One speaker said it only covered S35, another said it covered 34mm, a third response was that it covered 8-10K.
Leica is pushing its super HD glass resolution, not the width of the lens. They are promoting the number of pixels that the glass can handle at one moment, not the physical size of the lens. (Not being a lens engineer, and from what I got at Reducation last week, some Red lenses go to what, 40-43mm? But the Red lenses don't have the capactity to handle the bit depth as the Leica's do.) Does that mean that you get a better looking 4.5-5K image with Leica over Red? But only up to 34mm? Or does this allow Leica more pixels to work with when manipulating the pixel image so that you can get anamorphic as Red just announced? Hopefully there is someone regarding this with a technical bent that can clue us in on this.
Delivery is now 12-15 months out for new orders; existing orders hopefully get filled starting December.
Perhaps the most interesting development that came out of the Q&A was whether or not Leica was going to get into the filter business. Why? Because apparently currrent filter quality will degrade Leica's super high quality image!