Lomography is rumored to be working on a new Leica M-mount lens, which is actually a new version of an older glass.
Vintage photography is not all about the subjects. Sometimes it refers to shooting with older cameras and lenses. Lomography has specialized in bringing back vintage products, making lots of photographers feel nostalgic in the process.
One of its most popular recent products is the Russar+ 20mm f/5.6 lens. This optic should have been released by now for Leica M-mount and L39 cameras, but it has been postponed recently.
Nevertheless, the company is still working on other projects. According to a redditor named LeicaM6guy, Lomography is actively developing a new lens for the aforementioned mounts and many prototypes are being tested as we speak.
Lomography may be working on a new lens for Leica M-mount and M39/LTM cameras
The new Lomography lens for Leica M-mount and M39/LTM mount cameras is said to be a really good lens for low-light photography.
It will provide “neat bokeh” when the conditions are good and its image sharpness will be similar to the one supplied by the Leica 50mm f/1.5.
The upcoming glass is said to be suitable for digital photography and it could work even better than on film cameras, the redditor noted.
Since this product is compared to the Leica 50mm f/1.5, there are reasons to believe that it will be based on the Jupiter 3 50mm f/1.5, a lens that is more than 50 years old.
New Lomography lens will be more expensive than you would like
The construction of the new Lomography lens will be improved over the older version. It will be built in a better way and a new multicoating will be added, probably to reduce reflections. On the other hand, the optical design will remain identical.
It appears that Lomography has chosen to build the lens based on the M39/LTM mount, so its focusing system will most likely work better when mounted on Russian cameras than on Leica M-mount cameras. However, this will not pose a problem if a camera has a live view mode.
One final note needs to be said, as LeicaM6guy claims that the lens will be “more expensive” than he likes, so potential suitors should start raising some money right now, if they want to acquire this product.
The company has not confirmed these plans, so take these details with a pinch of salt and stick with us!