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Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 Portrait Lens

Leica has announced the re-release of a classic Leica portrait lens, the Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 telephoto prime lens.

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Leica has re-released a lens from 1935, the Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 soft-focus portrait lens. The lens has an updated design shown above, right, with the original shown on the left. The lens features 20 aperture blades for "unmistakeable bokeh". A centre-spot filter is provided with the lens to add additional softness to photos. The lens will be available from mid-November, priced at £5095. 

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Sample Photos: Kazuya Sudo, Japan (left), Eolo Perfido, Italy (right).


From Leica: Uniquely aesthetic photography: Leica Camera AG presents a modern renaissance of the classic lens – the Leica Thambar-M 1:2,2/90

Wetzlar, 17 October 2017. A legend reborn: following the Leica Summaron-M 1:5,6/28, Leica Camera AG has further expanded its lens portfolio with the Thambar-M 1:2,2/90, the modern renaissance of another classic lens. Just like its namesake from 1935, the contemporary incarnation of the lens is distinguished by its characteristic soft-focus effect and unmistakeable bokeh. Its focal length of 90mm is suitable for photography in a multitude of scenarios and is as good as predestined for capturing portraits with a uniquely aesthetic atmosphere that cannot be reproduced in digital postprocessing. The new Thambar-M is thus an exciting addition to the existing Leica M lens portfolio and brings photographers entirely new possibilities for creative composition.

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The optical design of its ancestor remains almost unchanged in the new Thambar-M 1:2,2/90. It has therefore also inherited the characteristic properties of its predecessor. The only difference is that the four elements in three groups that make up the design have now been single-coated to protect the glass against environmental influences and surface corrosion. The 20 blades of its iris deliver a unique bokeh with perfectly round rendition of point light sources.

The soft look of the Thambar is the result of intentionally accepted under-correction of spherical aberration. This under-correction increases towards the edges of the optical system with the consequence that not only the depth of focus, but also the degree of softening can be precisely controlled by means of the stepless aperture setting. The effect is more pronounced as apertures increase, and is continually reduced as the lens is stopped down to smaller apertures.

The design of the original lens has been almost completely preserved in todayʼs Thambar-M 1:2,2/90. The black paint finish, the proportions of the lens and its aperture engravings in red and white correspond to the appearance of the original. In addition to this, slight modifications have been made that bring the lens into line with the current, minimalist design of modern M-Lenses. These include the knurling, the lettering and scales and the specific use of sharp edges and bevelling that underline the precision of the lens design.

ʻThe name Thambar has always been preceded by the adjective ʻlegendaryʼ – rightly so. It portrays people with a wonderful aura, in a romantic way – but landscapes too are raised to a higher, incomparably aesthetic plane. The addition of a new incarnation of this classic lens to our selection of vintage lenses was one of our greatest wishes – to my great delight, this wish has now been fulfilled.ʼ emphasises Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, majority shareholder and chairman of the supervisory board of Leica Camera AG.

Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 Portrait Lens: Leica Thambar M 2017 RGB Case Filter

As is the case with all Leica lenses, the Leica Thambar-M 1:2,2/90 is also manufactured in strict compliance with the most stringent quality criteria. The use of only the best materials in its construction guarantee the familiar long working life of all Leica lenses. As was the case with the original lens, the lens hood, the ring of the centre-spot filter and both front and rear lens caps are made of metal. Even smallest details, like the felt lining of the lens hood and the front cap, contribute to the exceptional perceived quality of this lens. The design of the rigid lens keeper in ʻVintage Brownʼ leather is identical to that of the original from 80 years ago in almost every respect and, as in the past, the centre-spot filter can be safely and conveniently stowed away in its lid.

The Leica Thambar-M 1:2,2/90 will be on sale from mid-November 2017.

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meyeview 14 1.4k 1 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2017 12:49PM
for people with more money than sense.
I guess the word 'budget' does not apply to this?

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