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MS Optics’ latest handcrafted lens is a $955 Sonnetar 50mm F1.3 lens for Leica M-mount

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Boutique Japanese optics manufacturer MS Optics has released its latest hand-crafted lens, the Sonnetar 50mm F1.3 lens for Leica M-mount cameras. As with all of MS Optics’ past lenses, this bespoke lens is built from the ground up by Mr. Sadayasu Miyazaki in Chiba, Japan.

As the name suggests, the lens features a Sonnar optical design and is constructed of five elements in four groups. All elements are multi-coated and offer 97% light transmission. The lens features a 14-blade aperture diaphragm (made by Otto Niemann), an aperture range of F1.3 through F16 and has a minimum focusing distance of 80cm (31.5”).

As with nearly all of Mr. Miyazaki’s designs, this lens is relatively compact, measuring 49mm (1.9”) in diameter by 36mm (1.4”) long and weighs only 143g (5oz) with the lens hood attached. Below is a sample gallery of images taken with the lens, provided by MK Direct and Japan Camera Hunter (JCH’s are watermarked and shot on film):

The MS Optics Sonnetar 50mm F1.3 lens for Leica M-mount cameras is avaialble to purchase for around ¥115,900 (~$955) from Japan Camera Hunter, Japan Exposures and MK Direct, although MK Direct is currently showing the listing as sold out.


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