More info on the new MS-Optics Apoqualia 35mm f/1.4 MC lens for Leica M mount

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Japancamerahunter posted additional information on the new MS-Optics Apoqualia 35mm f/1.4 MC lens for Leica M mount. The first batch is already sold out, but you can contact Bellamy for more information.

MS-Optics Apoqualia 35mm f/1.4 MC lens specifications:

  • Leica M-mount lens with 6-bit support
  • Gauss type with 6 elements in 4 groups, f1.47 / 35.9mm
  • Focus coupled from infinity to 0.85m, focusable from 0.8m to approx. 0.55m on mirrorless bodies
  • Filter, hood: M37, P0.75, reversible
  • Size: Ø 49.5mm, length 23mm
  • Weight: 90g (total 115g)
  • Aluminum alloy lens barrel, ultra-high refractive glass with an ND of 1.8 or higher used for all elements
  • Sample images available here
  • Price: ¥130,000 (around $1,000)

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  • Kurt-Rainer Beikirch

    The little Voigtländer 1,4/35 is not a bad lens too but costs less!

    • MJr

      You can leave out the ‘too’. Not mentioned anywhere that this is a ‘good’ lens. It has a rendering, build, design, operation and .. status, that isn’t aimed at performance. Most notably, the way i understand it, it is both designed and handmade by one guy, there is no production line for this. Really it’s surprisingly affordable considering. It’s great for people who like that sort of thing, and you’d know it if you are. 😉

      • S.Yu

        I heard that they’re not made by one guy anymore, that there’s a production line now, but it’s all just rumors…

        • MJr

          That’s very likely, there will be hundreds and even as a fulltime job that’s just too many.

  • Ric Ricard

    Why would someone post sample images that were shot through reflective glass?!?!!?

  • Looking at the charts, performance is as dismal as the sample photos are appropriate for the purpose of demonstrating quality. For $1,000 I’d expect way better.

    • MJr

      Again, MTF scores are not the goal here.

      No denying that the samples are idiotic, but those are not in any way official.

      • S.Yu

        I’m wondering about possible smearing now on Sony, if it doesn’t smear, it will at least be pretty sharp stopped down.

        • MJr

          I don’t know. The A7RII with its new BSI sensor should have solved these problems, but it’s unclear to me if it was solved completely. From what i read so far i get the impression that it still isn’t as good as the Leica M’s with micro-lens adjustment. But close? 35mm is fairly wide so it’s probably not optimal unless you have a Leica. Either way, a lot more expensive bodies than a ‘standard’ A7. Or you could use Film ! 🙂

          • S.Yu

            I believe it was proven that the BSI solved the intense shading and color cast, but the smearing’s basically unchanged. It still depends on the lens design…That said this lens isn’t exactly cheap, if smearing isn’t worked out…I might still have to get the sensor stack mod, or non of my preferred 35s would work.

          • MJr

            Well then if i had to guess i’d bet it will smear. He likes the classic lens designs that are most likely kept as simple as possible, in a good way (if you like that sort of thing), but for digital that must be a bad thing. There certainly won’t be any ‘unnecessary’ elements to correct for a digital sensor’s shortcomings, to an even greater extent than Leica M or Zeiss ZM lenses, as it would complicate the design and construction. I would guess, since he’s likely limited to last century’s production capabilities.

            So better start saving for a used M9 or such. 😉

          • S.Yu

            That’s not good. IMO M9’s a waste of money, so none of that…unless I have plenty to waste lol. But then I’d be buying old Angenieux!
            I do actually want a 35 like this, a fast and really small one that doesn’t have to be tack sharp, better if it has the purple tint in the shadows and the slightly “oily” render like some old Zeiss, and could still be plenty sharp at f/8. This is still so much cheaper than a pre-ASPH Leica Summilux 35, so it’s still worth considering, along with the sensor stack mod.

          • MJr

            And the Voigtlanders, don’t like those ?

          • S.Yu

            Mmm…a friend has a 35/1.2 II, but I tried it on a cloudy day and didn’t like the render, and the aperture ring felt a little flimsy, so I’m not interested in the 35/1.4 either.

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