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Old 01-08-2020   #1241
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Well, I decided first to try another camera body with the 2 lenses, here a Sony A7r.
Interesting Ed but I warn others not to base their opinions of the Replica on a Sony a7 sensor, it's not optimal. I use a Sony and love the Zuiko's on it, the most practical but the Leica design is just not made for this sensor. I would still stick it on myself but I would be realistic.
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Kevin, given the state of lens manufacturing capability in China, what’s the likelihood of new (non-large format) film cameras being produced in the next decade?
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Interesting to note..
That the glass is different in this lens from the original..

So really not..an exact replica...in regards to its most important facet..
Or was the glass merely extended in diameter..
Or completely reformulated..
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Interesting to note..
That the glass is different in this lens from the original..

So really not..an exact replica...in regards to its most important facet..
Or was the glass merely extended in diameter..
Or completely reformulated..

The replica optical formula is 100% identical to the original Leica 8-element 35/2. The glass type and coatings are matching with the original one. And you are right, the glass merely extended in diameter to make it not possible to replace the original 35/2 element.

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I just have a phone call with the maker, and he shared lots of information with me regarding the manufacturing of the 8-element Replica and other projects. I will update more information in the following days. Please stay tuned.
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Thanks for the continuous updates.

Question about the 35mm viewfinder: will they be available separately from the lens?
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What will be the payment arrangements?

Also, what's the procedure to update the order forms if one has already been submitted?
I will send out a further update email to each of the people who submit the order forms. At that time, people will know their final cost, and we will confirm the order details.

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Thanks for the continuous updates.

Question about the 35mm viewfinder: will they be available separately from the lens?

Yes, the 35mm viewfinder will be available separately.

And by the way, the replica IROOA lens hood will be available in late March 2020.

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Thank you Kevin, I'll be using the 12504 for unobstructed viewfinder coverage....but the SBLOO replica in black is high on my wish list. Thanks for your work on this project
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Leica 35mm f2 Summicron 8-element Replica final retail product.
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Leica 35mm f2 Summicron 8-element Replica final retail product.

Finally!!!!! These are the first example of each version of the final retail product. (Note: the serial number is random.)



The first example of the final retail product by Kevin-Xu, on Flickr


The first example of the final retail product by Kevin-Xu, on Flickr

The first example of the final retail product by Kevin-Xu, on Flickr

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Wow, look great. Really I have been checking the thread at least hourly now to see when you will give us the good news about shipping date��

There will be a small number of the first batch Replica lenses available within ten days. People will be getting notice in order.

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Quick update:

The first batch flint lead glass 8-element Replica 35mm f2 has totally no more than 500 groups of lens core in stock. All been reserved long ago. (Please note that the final complete product will be less than 500 since the maker will only pick the lens core that could meet their standard to make them into the final retail product.) The maker is now putting all his effort into producing as much as lenses he can. He is a perfectionist. And Leica really has set the standard very high. So it will take time for the maker to manufacture the replica lenses that on par with the original Summicron 35 2 quality. There will be a small number of the first batch Replica lenses available within ten days. People will be getting notice in order. Thank you for your patient.


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Thank you Kevin. I am excited about getting eventually my lens. I will then later order the hood for it. I may not need a VF.
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Thanks for the update Kevin, and thanks for sharing more photos of the lenses.
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Can you show the brass lens from the front without the lens cap on?
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Can’t wait. Not sure why since I have enough lenses. This just seems so fun.
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Can we get "China" engraving in white?
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Canít wait. Not sure why since I have enough lenses. This just seems so fun.
One reason I think is that we have witnessed the development of this project, so we feel connected/invested in it.
It would be the most personal lens purchase I have made, with my custom engraving and choice of finish.
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Can you show the brass lens from the front without the lens cap on?
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I will upload it when I have the picture.

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Can we get "China" engraving in white?
"China" engraving is already in white.
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It will be white on the front ring?
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Canít wait. Not sure why since I have enough lenses. This just seems so fun.
I already have 2 35mm lense
the summaron and v4 Summicron
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"China" engraving is already in white.
no Kenvin, it's in red

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It will be white on the front ring?

Oh, my mistake. The front ring will have "China" in red. These front rings were batch made before the final customization step. So all the front rings will look like the sample above.

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Thanks, Kevin!

I think I'll get a white paintstick.
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Leica 35mm f2 Summicron 8-element Replica by Kevin-Xu, on Flickr

I am able to find this picture to show you the brass lens without the lens cap. Even though they are the final stage prototype, the final retail product will look exactly like this. The engraving is different though.

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I think I'll get a white paintstick.
Haha. That's a good idea!
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The lens owner showing off this black paint replica.

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[Black Paint Version] Leica 35mm f2 Summicron 8-element Replica final retail product. by Kevin-Xu, on Flickr

[Black Paint Version] Leica 35mm f2 Summicron 8-element Replica final retail product. by Kevin-Xu, on Flickr

[Black Paint Version] Leica 35mm f2 Summicron 8-element Replica final retail product. by Kevin-Xu, on Flickr

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Thank you Kevin.
Is the engraving going to be in white ?
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Is the engraving going to be in white ?
Which part of the engraving you mean?
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Thanks ever so much Kevin in sharing this remarkable journey from initial discussion and early prototypes till these ready to be released lenses. We're all very excited.

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As the others said, thank you so much for showing us all the progress from the beginning. A fantastic job has been done so far, and the results and testing pictures are awesome. I think it will be the perfect lens to be on my side for my 4 month trip coming And I can't wait to publish a review for it too
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There will be a small number of the first batch Replica lenses available within ten days. People will be getting notice in order.

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Woohaa! I hope that I'm a bit high up on the list! Can't wait to start shooting with it! Also a friend of mine has an original with grub-screw in mint condition, will try do so some shootout on tripod and see comparison!
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I like that the lens locator red dot does not stick out too far. The red dot on my Elmarit-M 28/2.8 Aspherical is so large that the lens cannot be mounted on my M3 because the dot runs into the guard around the lens release button, preventing the lens from being turned far enough to mount.
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Which part of the engraving you mean?
On the front around the lens what is seen when looking at the lens from the front..
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On the front around the lens what is seen when looking at the lens from the front..
Oh yes, the font engraving of the brass version will be exactly like the other two versions. The maker didn't mention that the brass version will have different engraving.

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