The Leica world went abuzz when details of a new superfast 50mm lens made by the legendary Miyazaki-san from from MS Optical surfaced. This is his third M-mount lens creation which he designed and manufactured all on his own in Tokyo … The 50mm Sonnetar f/1.1 MC M-mount lens.
“The thing is with Miyazaki san is that he talks about many lenses that he wants to build, so I always take things with a pinch of salt until I actually see something,” writes Bellamy Hunt.
It has a 2 layer multicoating on Tantalum glass. The German made iris is smooth with no click stops. It is a circular centre 14 blade iris, which should make for some very interesting and soft effects. The lens itself feels solid and has a nice weight of 190g on its own, or 220g as the set. The Sonnetar is based on the famous Sonnar design invented by Zeiss in the mid-twenties. Hunt goes on, “It was famed for its contrast and for having less flare than planar type lenses. It also suffers less from chromatic aberration than other design from this period. The Miyazaki lens is 5 elements in 4 groups. The optimum performance on this lens is looking to be around f/1.6 to f/2. Miyazaki san states that there is extremely good colour balance throughout the lens, but especially when stopped open.”
The 50mm Sonnetar f/1.1 MC M-mount lens (roughly $1.450) is being produced in extremely limited editions and they will be available on a first come first served basis. ❚
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