Recently, as I was perusing the Leica Classifieds page on Facebook, I came upon something intriguing that caught my attention. An image for some new Light Lens Lab products was recently released on the website of one of the company’s distributors. The image shows what appears to be a quick winder in the style of an Abrahamson and, more importantly, a camera in the form of a Leica Standard.
To this day, there are only a select few film cameras being manufactured, and the idea of a brand-new camera that is, more crucially, reasonably priced causes me to experience an indecent amount of delight.

Over the course of the past few years, Light Lens Lab has become more well-known for the remarkable copies of Leica glass that it has produced. For the time being, the camera is merely a working model. The idea at this point is to focus on a number of upcoming lens innovations before shifting attention to the body. David Chen, who is the distributor for North America, took the time to have a quick conversation with me about the camera as well as some prospective projects that are still in the planning stages.

According to Chen, “We are now working on our current productions of the ELCAN 50mm f/2 and 35mm f/2 eight-element,” and “we have additional projects, such as the Halogen 15mm f/8 and other lenses, that we need to manufacture before delving into this camera.” In addition, Light Lens Lab has just published photographs of a reproduction of an ASPH 50mm f/1.2 lens.

Regarding the film advance, Chen mentioned that there will be three distinct styles made available: one for the M4-P, one for the M1, M2, and M3 bodies, and one for the Barnack bodies. We should hopefully see all of these very shortly.

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Freelance journalist Corey has been writing about digital photography since 2006, first as a deputy editor and then as the editor of a variety of photographic journals. Featuring expert product reviews and in-depth features

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