Rumors: Leica is planning to release / resurrect more vintage lenses in the future

Leica is rumored to release/resurrect more vintage lenses in the future. I do not have exact information on what lenses are coming next, but this process has already started. Here are some of the vintage lenses that Leica introduced recently. They all have one thing in common - they are more expensive compared to their "regular" counterparts:


Leica Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 lens ($2,595)


Leica THAMBAR-M 90mm f/2.2 lens ($6,495)

Leica APO-Summicron 50mm LHSA 50th anniversary lens (no pricing available yet).

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  • Gary Craggs

    Never mind vintage: where’s the new SL lenses please?

    • ZMWT

      Exactly.

    • Brennan McKissick

      Guess you guys are gonna have to wait for the finest variable aperture zooms and oversized f/2 primes to hit the market a little bit longer.

      • Gary Craggs

        Sigh. I guess its the price we pay for uncompromising optical and build quality…

  • TomV

    My own wish list: Elmar 65, 3 element Elmar 9cm and 12.5cm Hektor, in modern M mount but keep detachable head for visoflex use.

    • John-F

      I was just looking through my old Leica Lenses book by Rogliatti, and it turns out that the optical design of the 9cm Thambar of 1935 is very similar (but not identical of course) to the 12.5cm Hektor f2.5 of 1954 – 4 elements in 3 groups with the central group being the compound element.

      The Hektor 12.5cm (or 125mm) was designed to be used on the Visoflex I with an adapter (and later with Viso II and III). A new updated version (incl modern coatings) with integrated focusing helicoid could be used on the M10 with the accessory Leica Visoflex EVF. Same thing for the Elmar 65mm.

  • eric

    i think its a pretty smart move on Leica’s part to profit off its own nostalgia. they’re very creative with how they do that already in the special release editions. i wonder how they decide which lenses to make.

    • Gerald Lee

      I agree it’s a good move. Re-release existing designs in limited quantities and sell for huge margins. Save them a lot of r&d costs.

      Think they will bring back special effect lenses but I would love Mandler’s.

      • Thinking about 35mm Summicron IV a.k.a. king of bokeh… No that’s gonna kill the sales of Asph II…

  • Daryl

    Will this increase the value of the originals?

  • John-F

    I would like to make three suggestions to Leica for vintage M lenses:

    The (Schneider-K) Super-Angulon 21mm f3.4 (1963), but with a more modern 9 bladed diaphragm please (not 4 blades …). With the current Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4, it’s a long shot …

    The (rigid) Summicron-M 50mm DR f2 (1953), with modern helicoids and anti-reflection coatings (preferably with the Nano coating used in the Leica DG Summilux 25mm, for the ‟air lenses‟ in the 2 front ‟groups‟).

    The Summicron-M 90mm f2 of 1958, again with modern AR coatings (could be used with the Visoflex EVF). Same built-in lenshood.

  • i am still pissed that they released the summaron just in ugly silver!
    and than… the oslo version came out in black, and blowes the price, and only as a kit… bloody bastards!
    i´ll went to wetzlar and poop in front of the door…
    it still hurts, i am cured from vintage lenses…

  • Licheus

    They won’t reissue “normal” high-performing vintage lenses that many people want. They’re after some obscure (and possibly screwmount) lenses that fetch relatively high prices on the used market due to their rarity to “supplement” the current M lineup.

    That said, there won’t be any crons which might hinder the sale of modern lenses. Expect something like the Nickel Hektor, the 73 Hektor, the Summarex and the Mountain Elmar…

  • a-traveler

    How about an UN-coated 5cm f/2.0 Summar (1933) in M-mount? NON-collapable please. Maybe a Hektor 7.3 cm f/1.9 (1931) in M-mount. Good pre-WW2 LTM lenses are getting hard to find.

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