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Old 01-24-2020   #1361
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Wow!!! I can see my lens from here!!! Just beautiful Chinese character engraving. Fantastic!
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Old 01-24-2020   #1362
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Amazing!! Have people already found out if their lens is that picture or are we still excitedly waiting?
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Old 01-24-2020   #1363
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It's like a teaser that never ends... so painful to see and wait...and wait...
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Old 01-24-2020   #1364
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Really beautiful looking lenses. Very tempting
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Old 01-24-2020   #1365
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Nice, I can (hopefully) see my lens here is well
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Old 01-24-2020   #1366
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Found mine! Hopefully that's the one...


[First batch] Leica 35mm f2 Summicron 8-element Replica final retail product. by Kevin-Xu, on Flickr
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Old 01-24-2020   #1367
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looks great, can't see mine but hopefully it is there.

question, did you guys send the invoice for the lens yet as I havent received anything yet.
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Old 01-24-2020   #1368
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WOW!! In a word, simply beautiful in every aspect. Yes like others I too can see my name on one of those shown. As they say, a picture speaks a thousand words and these pics most definitely do. They remind me of a wonderful buffet of delicious dishes that one can look but don't touch...yet . Thanks ever so much for posting these Kevin.
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I hope to see soon my brass finish lens too.
Happy Chinese New Year, Kevin.
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*Standing ovation*

Happy New Year indeed!

How soon until we can pay?!
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Old 01-24-2020   #1371
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The shown lenses look beautiful to me. WOW! Some display " 8-ELEMENT" on the front. I wonder what each lens displays. Is there a record on what has been written so far on the front of the ordered lenses?
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Old 01-24-2020   #1372
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Thank you very much for all the support and positive comments!

I haven’t send out any invoice yet as we are having the Chinese New Year currently. Many people sending me emails asking when and how to pay for the lens. I am very sorry that I don’t have the time to reply to all the emails. Again, I will make sure everyone who placed the order will have the lens. Please just be more patient and wait for my further update. Thank you for your understanding.

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Old 01-24-2020   #1373
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Mr. Zhou and his team will work on the brass version after the Chinese New Year.
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Old 01-24-2020   #1374
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I wonder what each lens displays.
I bet "8-ELEMENT" will be a common request. That's what mine was.
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Old 01-24-2020   #1375
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Mr. Zhou and his team will work on the brass version after the Chinese New Year.
ohboyohboyohboyohboyohboy!

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Thank you very much for all the support and positive comments!

I haven’t send out any invoice yet as we are having the Chinese New Year currently. Many people sending me emails asking when and how to pay for the lens. I am very sorry that I don’t have the time to reply to all the emails. Again, I will make sure everyone who placed the order will have the lens. Please just be more patient and wait for my further update. Thank you for your understanding.

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Happy new year! Thanks for the update.
I was just worried that maybe you guys were having issues emailing the invoice to my account and then me ending up getting banned from future Mr Zhou projects and my lens ending up to someone else

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mine is my daughters initials and date of birth on chrome
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Happy new year! Thanks for the update.
I was just worried that maybe you guys were having issues emailing the invoice to my account and then me ending up getting banned from future Mr Zhou projects and my lens ending up to
No need to worry. I have all the order records and I have already reserved lenses for all the orders. No one will miss the first batch.

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The shown lenses look beautiful to me. WOW! Some display " 8-ELEMENT" on the front. I wonder what each lens displays. Is there a record on what has been written so far on the front of the ordered lenses?
Hi Raid, my lens says 8-ELEMENT too, and I know my serial number, and I can see it in amongst all these beautiful jewels and works of love. Hopefully Kevin would start an “official” Replica thread and we could post our photos from it on that thread. Can’t wait.
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Hi Raid, my lens says 8-ELEMENT too, and I know my serial number, and I can see it in amongst all these beautiful jewels and works of love. Hopefully Kevin would start an “official” Replica thread and we could post our photos from it on that thread. Can’t wait.
Good idea! I will start an new thread for the replica 8-element owners to post their photos and share their thoughts.

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Old 01-25-2020   #1380
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Mine has my last name engraved. How many times will I get to have a badass lens have my name engraved on the front ring from the factory??? Maybe never.
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Great to see that the project is progressing! For once I am actually looking forward to getting an invoice
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These photos were taken by one of the earliest users who got the retail replica lens. The maker want me to share these photos with the forum members here.


Leica M9 + Leica 35mm f2 Summicron 8-element Replica final retail product.


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


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


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


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


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Great to see that the project is progressing! For once I am actually looking forward to getting an invoice

The replica lens will back on production after the Chinese Lunar Year holiday. It may take time for the maker to finish the earliest orders first.

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Old 01-27-2020   #1384
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Looks awesome Kevin

It renders so beautifully !

Center sharpness wide open looks quite impressive also
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This is such a fantastic project, thanks for all the work. Personally, I'm waiting out the LTM-version. Hopefully I will have funds ready when it is available.
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The results look great!


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The replica lens will back on production after the Chinese Lunar Year holiday. It may take time for the maker to finish the earliest orders first.

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What is the impact of coronavirus on production? It seems the official holiday is extended.
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Good idea! I will start an new thread for the replica 8-element owners to post their photos and share their thoughts.

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Maybe you can ask the maker if he has any preference how shots with this lens are tagged on social media (e.g., Flickr, instagram, ect.)? Don't know if there's a company name involved or what, but I have a feeling when the RFF lot get their hands on this lens, there'll be an explosion of pictures, although your Flickr album has done a good job in this regard too.
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I have decided to use my replica during my summer travels for an extensive use of this lens on my M9. I get maximum exposure to a chosen lens when I use it in a long trip, day in - day out.
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Same here Raid. Long term use of a single lenses allows one to get to know the subtle particulars of a lens and how to exploit it strengths in capturing images with a certain look and presentation.

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This Replica will be permanently glued to my Leica M2.
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Hi Kevin,
Happy Chinese New Year!
My prayers to the Wuhan and people in China. Let hope everything is back to normal soonest possible. Though I am not sure whether the coronavirus will have any impact, but wishes the lens makers and technicians take extra precaution and measures to protect themselves.
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Can't wait to shoot some FP4+ with this lens on my M4-P!
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The company's based in Beijing, but it sounds like they're subcontracting components from multiple places.
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I want to say what a tremendous job Kevin is doing promoting and helping to distribute this lens, as well as say a big thank you to Mr Zhou for conceiving and producing a really quite remarkable project. Mr Zhou shows a lot of initiative, dedication and resourcefulness.
He and Kevin have made many of us here excited and proud to participate in this bespoke, small-run, unique and unprecedented exercise. You only have to contrast Mr Zhou's whole approach and method to the general crowd funded project or even to the optical products of boutique makers in Japan and China.
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Patience is the key here.
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Have got my black paint copy few day ago. Below has some shot for reference.

In my opinion, the IQ is very similar a original one. Specially, the vignette is same as 'copy & paste' when aperture set between F2.0-F2.8.
But it has been optimized a shaperness, contrast is a little higher than original, and highlight handling is better than. Build quality is awesome, the lens is very beautiful.
I think you guys will love it after received.

PS: All film were processed in the same time and same tank.

1. M2 + Kodak 5219(500T)@F2.0


2. M6 + Kodak 5207(250D)@F4.0


3. M6 + Kodak 5207(250D)@F5.6


4. M6 + Kodak 5207(250D)@F2.8


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I forgot to ask but has pricing been finalized?
Also I was also interested on the 35mm AUX viewfinder, is this available now as well?
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Beautiful - thank you and welcome Zaurus!
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I support this venture, and I hope that we will see a carefully planned and executed process of additional lenses and lens types over the coming few years,.
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