Chinese 35mm f2 V1 Summicron Replica (PIX INCLUDED)

M. Valdemar

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Aug 5, 2013
New York City
I don't know how many of you have been following the threads on RFF about the Chinese replica of the 1950's V1 35mm Summicron, but it has been ongoing for close to two years.

They set out to make a replica of the original Leica lens, right down to the almost unobtainable flint glass elements. I won't repeat what has been posted before, but I signed up over a year ago to buy one of the initial run of the lenses. About 5 weeks ago I got an email that my lens was near completion, and I sent over $600 to a PayPal address to have my lens shipped to me. I realized I may have been insane to send money to an unknown web person, but the lens arrived via DHL today, and I am flabbergasted.

The lens is absolutely gorgeous, heavy, perhaps built better than the Leica original. It came with thoughtful touches like a heavy metal lens case with a bayonet base, a heavy metal lens cap, and accessories.

The fit and finish of the lens is 100% quality. I'm reminded of the stuff in William Gibson's "Cyber" books about "Buzz Rickson" WWII flight jackets, how the Japanese "otaku" replicated these jackets down to the tiniest details, like period nylon, the correct linings, zippers, etc. Well this lens does the Japanese one better. It is a drop dead replica of the Leica 35mm V1 Summicron. It is like I have a brand new one from a time machine.

I have not been so happy with a purchase in years.

I went out in Lower Manhattan and just snapped some frames with my Leica M9. Minimal processing in Photoshop.

Instead of posting more details I suggest you look on RFF or Google for details. More to come later. I just wanted to quickly post these.

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BrianS

Legend
Jul 7, 2010
Pretty amazing how many of these old designs are coming back.

I'm on the list to receive the Skyllaney Sonnar once the company can proceed with production. I have the original Sonnars that it implements 85 years later.
 

M. Valdemar

Veteran
Aug 5, 2013
New York City
What is amazing to me is that it is a real REPLICA in every sense of the word.

I noticed years ago that the Chinese were buying most of the desirable rare old lenses from me and others on eBay. They have a real appreciation for the technology and history.

It is fascinating how much effort and study went into producing these, and they have the will and technology to do it. This thing is no toy. This is a meticulous replica. 101% quality.

The photo doesn't do it justice, I'm going to shoot some more and post them.
 
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Jonathan F/2

Top Veteran
Aug 21, 2011
Los Angeles, USA
Nice images! I'm surprised how clean the output looks from that lens. Also corners look much better on an actual Leica RF camera as opposed to adapting on a mirrorless body. Anymore info on the lens? Really digging that classic look! BTW - Flint glass has lead in it? Any noticeable difference compared to other glass formulas?

Also I hope you and your family are holding up well in NYC!
 

M. Valdemar

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Aug 5, 2013
New York City

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