Omnar Formally Launches the CN26-6 Rangefinder Lens for M-Mount


Omnar is a brand new lens producer primarily based in the UK that not too long ago teased that it was producing a brand new lens utilizing a customized design and repurposed Canon AF-10 optical components. The lens can now be pre-ordered and can start transport in December.

Omnar Lenses describes itself as an organization that makes distinctive, restricted version lenses which might be designed and assembled by lens lovers, for lens lovers.

“We make lenses with none compromise on mechanical construct high quality with esoteric, uncommon, characterful optical formulation,” the corporate writes. “Omnar lenses really feel the half, and work with you to create photographs in your very private fashion.”

Omnar says that on the planet of cinema, lenses are sometimes chosen for picture qualities and character, not essentially the target measures which might be typically wanted by photographers. So whereas cinematographers search out aberrations resembling lens flare, heavy vignetting, or softness to be used in movies, additionally they achieve this with out compromising expectations of construct high quality. This mentality is what Omnar says it makes use of because the spine of its lens manufacturing course of.

The Omnar CN26-6 is a 26mm f/6, fixed-aperture, rangefinder coupled, snapshot lens for Leica M-mount. The corporate says that it’s designed, manufactured, painted, and assembled totally in the UK. It’s the firm’s first lens and it guarantees that the construct high quality is “up there with the most effective” and is mixed with repurposed optics from the Canon AF-10 level and shoot digicam from the early 2000s.

“The optics had been chosen for his or her point-and-shoot digicam aesthetic. When researching a majority of these cameras, we seemed for an optic with medium velocity that was principally made from glass. The chosen optic is a 4 aspect in three teams, a modified by-product of the traditional Tessar components,” Omnar explaints.

“The entrance doublet and center aspect glass, adopted by a hard and fast aperture disc, then a rear polycarbonate aspect. The coated components assist preserve the distinction comparatively excessive, with the rear polycarbonate — given the proper angle of sunshine — making a rainbow flare the type that’s extra generally related to cameras such because the Vivitar UWS, however to a lesser diploma.”

The lens is coupled from 0.67 meters to infinity with what Omnar says is a brief focus throw. It has shut focus uncoupled focusing all the way down to 0.3 meters. Omnar says that the focusing feels gentle or heavy, relying on choice which is personalized per lens. The CN26-6 weighs 100 grams and protrudes a scant 10.5mm from the digicam.

Omnar says that the picture high quality varies relying on whether or not it’s used with a movie or digital digicam because of how indirect ray angles of sunshine are dealt with on quite a lot of digital sensors.

“The optics used within the Omnar CN26-6 had been designed for use in movie level and shoot cameras such because the Canon AF-10 and BF-10,” Omnar says. “As such, on movie, this lens will create photographs which have a robust entry stage level and shoot aesthetic. You may count on good sharpness with mild fall off to the perimeters of the body. Additionally, you will discover a average vignette and a few rainbow flaring in the event you catch the sunshine excellent. When shut focusing, bokeh is surprisingly nice.”

Under are pattern photographs captured with the lens on a movie digicam, first with colour movie:

After which with black and white movie:

On full-frame Leica M-mount cameras, Omnar says the picture high quality varies relying on the period of the digicam and its sensor cowl substrate.

“To a big extent, the identical character traits apply. The central decision and distinction is excessive, however the falloff to softer corners is faster,” the corporate explains. “Edges may additionally undergo from colour shifts that may be combated by choosing lens profiles in-camera, or post-processed out with software program resembling nook repair.”

Omnar says that taking pictures on a devoted black and white digicam or changing to black and white in fact removes that colour shift. Moreover, enhancing distinction may also enhance the impact of the vignette. Under are some examples of digitally-captured photographs, first in colour:

And likewise in black and white:

The CN26-6 is offered in a number of finishes: Matte Black Chrome Cerakote, Silver Chrome Cerakote, Excessive Gloss Black Lacquer, or perhaps a customized paint that prospects can specify. Customization doesn’t finish there, because the “Omnar Lenses” emblem is engraved on the entrance however may be changed with a customized engraving of as much as 12 characters.

The Omnar Lenses CN26-6 is offered to pre-order beginning at present from the corporate’s web site. All lenses are painted and made to particular person prospects’ specs, and the corporate says it expects deliveries of pre-ordered lenses to start in December.


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