It’s nimble and small. In fact, it’s the smallest lens I have ever owned. On paper, it is a handmade beauty from Japan. The MS Optical Perar 24mm f/4 Super Wide is produced in the basement workshop of Mr. Sadayasu Miyazaki. When I first read about it, I was infatuated because I always wanted a pancake lens. There was one small issue. It was an M mount and I use a Sony A7. There was a quick easy fix though, a Metabones Leica M Lens to Sony NEX E-Mount Adapter. So I spent my money on it while having no clue what to expect with this lens. It could have been crap or wonderful on the A7. It was a risk I was willing to take and here is what I think.
The Leica M3 is one of the more popular Leica M cameras around even today. Indeed, they still work and many photographers reach for them because of the lack of electronics, beautiful ergonomics, excellent build quality, and relative simplicity to them. Leicas were used by photojournalists for years, and indeed they’re very revered cameras. But images of a stripped down Leica M3 have been circulating around the web for a little while showing us the internal workings.
If you’ve ever built a working camera before (and I tried to with the Lomography Konstruktor) you’ll know that the wind level and the shutter cocking mechanism are designed to work with one another. Additionally, the shutter dial is actually an extremely complicated piece of machinery that interacts directly with the shutter mechanism. In order for it to work properly, the dial needs to be screwed in very tightly and securely.
The Leica M3 took on the bayonet M mount that we know and use today vs the older Leica screw mount. This made changing lenses easier and sometimes simpler. With an adapter, the screw mount lenses can mount to this camera.
Check out more images after the jump.
Via Shooting Film, Leica Shop Vienna’s eBay, Neotype
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Not too long ago, Leica introduced the Leica T camera system. But today, they’re letting their M users have something special. They’re announcing a 28mm f1.4 lens. Not much information has been announced on it yet, but with this lens Leica now has full Summilux options for most street photographers in the form of 21mm, 24mm, 28mm, 35mm, and 50mm offering. What more could one ask for?
We don’t have a lot of information about any of the products just yet but we received the tip from the L-Camera Forum.
Months ago, Leica Rumors reported that the lens profile was included in the new Leica M. It now seems real. The new lenses aren’t even listed on Leica US’s website yet.
Beyond this, we’ve been able to find out that there is an M Monochrom available with a silver finish, along with a brand new set. Being called the Leica M 100th edition, it will include a LEica M, Leica M Monochrom, and 28mm, 35mm and 50mm lens. You also get Kodak Tri-X in the package. Lastly, they also seem to have a brand new macro adapter meant to be used with the 90mm f4.
From a rough translation of the German press release, it stats,
“The Leica Macro-Adapter -M is mounted between the camera and the Leica Macro – Elmar -M 1:4 / 90 mm. Equipped with an integrated focusing mount it enables a summary extension of the lens 18-30 mm. This allows the magnification set variable. Together with the adapter , the Leica Macro – Elmar -M 1:4 / 90 mm also be used in recessed position for shooting distance to infinity. Thanks to new locking function can thus all distances of 41 cm (Figure 1:2 scale ) can be set to infinity without the adapter must be removed.”
We’ll update when we get more info.
It’s been a while the Lomography company announced something new; and after hearing about the Petzval lens it only makes sense that they’re going to continue to go that route. Today, the company announced something super cool and totally out of the blue. It’s their new RUSSAR+ Art lens for L39 and M mount cameras. For those of you not in the know, L39 is the original screwmount.
The new RUSSAR+ is a 20mm focal length that is an ode to the old Russar MR-2 lens. It starts at f5.6 and goes down to f22. It also has a real focusing ring. The problem with the lens though for rangefinder users is that it isn’t rangefinder coupled; so you’ll need to use the depth of field scale (which is a bit lacking) to make the best decisions according to the company’s tech page. Additionally, the lens can be mounted on a mirrorless camera where you can see the focusing with no issues.
They’re also stating that a red shift will occur around the edges of the frame when shooting digital. They further state that is can be corrected in post or in camera with Sony or Leica.
You can order yours for $649. More photos and a video is after the jump.
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Bellamy Hunt over at Japan Camera Hunter usually finds some extremely sweet treasures. But this recent find of his will blow your mind. Today, JCH posted a photo set of the De Ould Delft 50mm f0.75 lens, which is perhaps one of the fastest aperture optics ever made and so is also not for sale. The lens is mounted on a Leica M3 and was engineered to do so–meaning that this version is an M mount lens.
It was made for x-ray machines originally which explains why the aperture is a fixed f0.75 and its fixed focusing out to two meters. But it still takes some very beautiful images. As you can see in Bellamy’s photos, there is no aperture ring on the lens or focusing ring. Because of the lens’s older design, we’re not quite sure that it might be best for digital users and instead may be best paired with some sort of low contrast film like Portra 400. Coupled with the fact that you have a super duper wide aperture, you’re bound to have lots of fun in super low lighting.
To use it, you’ll probably need to whip out the measuring tape. Since this is an M mount lens and it doesn’t focus, the focusing doesn’t correspond with a rangefinder’s focusing mechanism. So you’ll only be able to use the viewfinder for composing if anything.
Still though, it’s a pretty cool find.
Leica and its special editions … if during the production cycle of a Leica product there aren’t at least a dozen special editions made, it’s not deserving of the branding ‘Leica’. Or so seems to be the consesus among Leica’s product managers. And since there hasn’t been a special edition of the M Monochrom yet, they probably felt it was about damn time to create one! Hence the Leica M Monochrom ‘Ralph Gibson’ was conceived, featuring the signature of the US photographer of the same name, whose work mainly consists of monochrom images.
The camera, which comes in silver chrome instead of black chrome, is clad in a unique vulcanite leatherette and comes with both a custom strap and a silver Summilux-M 35mm f1.4 lens. The first M Monochrom ‘Ralph Gibson’ will be handed over to Ralph Gibson himself on December 11th at the Leica Store in Lisse, the Netherlands. Overall, no more than 35 pieces of this special camera will be made. Whether or not they’ll be sold exclusively via the Leica Store Lisse is currently unkown, but probable.
Despite Leica sometimes seemingly overdoing it with their special editions, we have to say this particular one looks mighty fancy.
Via Leica Rumors