New, USA Leica 90mm f2.2 Thambar soft focus lens including center spot filter.
Utilizing the same optical formula and distinct image quality as the version from the 1930s, the Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 from Leica is an M-mount lens noted for its unique soft focus feel and use of a screw on center spot filter to further the lens's dreamy qualities.
This portrait-length lens replicates the optical formula of the original. It also improves upon its predecessor with single-coated glass elements for increased protection against the elements and other factors.
This new version also sports a striking black paint finish and dual aperture scales, in white and red, to represent working with and without the removable center spot filter. Straying from the clean and sharp quality Leica is best known for, the Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 serves as an homage to the unique and creative lenses that makeup their heritage of producing truly striking and unmistakable images.
Dedicated to producing soft focus pictures, this lens can be used with the included center spot filter which increases the impact of the dream like effect for unique , ethereal images.
Based on the original Thambar from the 1930s, this updated version uses the same optical layout but features a single protective coating on the glass elements to guard against corrosion.
Deliberate under-correction of spherical aberration, along with a 20-blade diaphragm, produce a circular blur rendition of out-of-focus highlights and a overall diffuse quality which becomes more noticeable at the edge of the frame.
Short telephoto focal length and bright f/2.2 aperture are great for portraiture and isolating subject matter using shallow depth of field.
Dual aperture scales, in red and white, show working with and without the special center included filter. Operationally, the aperture ring is steeples making smooth, precise adjustment that is not limited to click-stops.
Manual focus and provides a close minimum focusing distance of 3.3'.
Included brown hard leather case further speaks of the classic look and nostalgia of this optic, and contains a storage pocket for the center spot filter in the top. Also, the included specially designed metal lens hood and metal front lens cap are felt lined to protect it from scratches.
Manufactured by Leitz from 1935, the Thambar 9cm f/2.2 achieved a relatively low production run of just 2,984 units, which partly explains its great popularity among collectors.
When developing the Thambar, the engineers surrounding Max Berek were able to draw on their vast expertise regarding the causes and correction of optical flaws, in order to design an intrinsically sharp lens which nevertheless permitted a carefully determined level of spherical aberrations – thus giving rise to the desired soft-focus effect. When the Thambar was first launched more than eighty years ago, it was intended for photography enthusiasts who were highly skilled at their craft.
Today, the ability to adjust images in the camera’s Live View monitor makes it even easier to achieve the desired results with this truly exceptional lens.