Leica’s Reviving the Classic Thamber-M 90mm f/2.2

Leica’s just announced the new Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2, which is a revival of the classic lens from 1935.

The original Thamber-M 90mm f/2.2 focused on creating dreamy and soft images, and Leica looks to keep that classic look in it modern recreation.

“A modern renaissance of the classic lens, Thambar gives photographers an unparalleled soft-focus aesthetic,” Leica says, noting that the lens is distinguished by its “unmistakeable bokeh.”

Take a look at the original Thamber-M 90mm f/2.2 and Leica’s revamp:



Leica claims that the new version has an optical design like the original; the biggest difference now is that the new lens features a single coating on its elements to protect the glass. Leica also says that it comes with a center spot filter that they say will provide an even deeper effect and can focus as close as 3.3 feet with a long throw for the focusing ring.

Lecia says that the point of reviving the Thamber-M 90mm f/2.2 isn’t so they can make a camera with the highest levels of sharpness and clarity, rather it's a opportunity for them to offer their consumers a unique look.

“While modern lenses typically strive to achieve the highest levels of sharpness and clarity, the Thambar-M 90 mm f/2.2 is all about ‘the look,’” Leica says. “The Thambar lens is known for its ability to capture portraits with a signature aesthetic that cannot be reproduced in basic digital post processing.”

Chinese photographer Jolie Luo got a chance to use the lens and she released a few of the photos the taken with the lens:





The Thambar gets its look from an intentional under-correction when putting together its spherical lens elements. Under-correction becomes greater towards the edges of the frame and users can control the softening level and depth of field by rotating the stepless aperture ring. The wider you make your aperture, the more Thambar-looking effect you’ll get.

The Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 is set to be released in mid-November and it’s priced at $6,495. To learn more about the lens, visit Leica’s site.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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