I was recently looking through the Leica Classifieds page on Facebook when I saw something interesting that caught my eye. On the website of one of Light Lens Lab’s distributors, a picture of some new products was just posted. The picture shows what looks like an Abrahamson-style quick winder and, more importantly, a Leica Standard-style camera.
Only a small number of film cameras are still being made today, and the idea of a brand-new camera that is, most importantly, affordable makes me feel an indecent amount of joy.
In the past few years, Light Lens Lab has become better known for making amazing copies of Leica glass. For now, the camera is just a prototype that works.
At this point, the plan is to work on a number of new lens ideas before turning to the body. David Chen, who is in charge of sales in North America, took a few minutes to talk to me about the camera and some projects that are still in the planning stages.
Chen says, “We are currently making the ELCAN 50mm f/2 and the 35mm f/2 eight-element, and we have other projects, like the Halogen 15mm f/8 and other lenses, that we need to make before we start working on this camera.” Also, Light Lens Lab has just released pictures of a copy of an ASPH 50mm f/1.2 lens.
Chen said that there will be three different styles for the film advance: one for the M4-P, one for the M1, M2, and M3 bodies, and one for the Barnack bodies. We should see all of these very soon, we hope.