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Leica Announces Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2

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A legendary lens with a limited run of just 3,000 units, the original Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 was a unique offering from Leica that focused on creating a dreamy, soft image. Today the company has revealed a modern recreation of this optic that manages to retain the classic look in both its rendering and its exterior. Claiming to have an optical design like the original, the new Thambar also features a single coating on the elements to help protect the glass over time. It also comes with a center spot filter that will provide an even deeper effect if so desired. Furthering the look is a stepless 20-blade aperture diaphragm for exceptionally smooth bokeh even stepped down.

Made in Germany to Leica’s exacting standards, this lens is exceptionally durable and features the same proportions as the original with black finish and red and white aperture scales, for working either with or without the included filter, respectively. It also focuses as close as 3.3' with a long throw for the focusing ring. Additionally, it comes with a metal lens hood, metal lens cap, and a hard leather case in a vintage brown color that complete the classic look.

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I took several rolls of portrait pictures with the original Thambar lens 50 years ago. The results could have been duplicated with a smear of vaseline on any 90 mm lens, If the Thambar is a simple replica of the original lens it is hardly worth the cost. Pass it by unless you are a diehard collector with more money than sense.

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