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Close-up Mod - Leica Summilux-M 35mm F1.4 Steel Rim reissue lens

  
 
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I did receive an email regarding it, but unfortunately, I never received a tracking number. I contacted Leica to follow up, and they informed me that the new hood is not yet available.

Wow, nice one on getting your hands on the new Leica 35/1.4 Steel Rim! I've been using the pre-asph v2 for some time now, but I gotta say, the new reissued lens looks even better. It's got that same old-school feel but with a bit more contrast when you shoot wide open. That's just my personal preference though!


That sounds ideal regarding the Steel Rim. I won’t complain if some of that insane veiling flare from the v2 is toned down just a bit.



May 09, 2023 at 05:55 PM
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Great post, Fred. Thanks for sharing the MFD modification with us.

I’m curious what is the redesigned hood? Did Leica come up with a new screw on hood that allows use of filter without vignette?


Fred Miranda wrote:
I did receive an email regarding it, but unfortunately, I never received a tracking number. I contacted Leica to follow up, and they informed me that the new hood is not yet available.

Wow, nice one on getting your hands on the new Leica 35/1.4 Steel Rim! I've been using the pre-asph v2 for some time now, but I gotta say, the new reissued lens looks even better. It's got that same old-school feel but with a bit more contrast when you shoot wide open. That's just my personal preference though!




May 09, 2023 at 06:55 PM
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highdesertmesa wrote:
They have one more left in stock if anyone is interested.


Thank you, I picked it up. I can't have too many 35mm lenses it seems...



May 09, 2023 at 07:33 PM
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Hi Fred, i am curious whether the reissue “ollux” hood can fit on the lens when you use that ultra thin filter.


May 17, 2023 at 05:15 AM
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DWHN wrote:
Hi Fred, i am curious whether the reissue “ollux” hood can fit on the lens when you use that ultra thin filter.


Hi there,
Unfortunately, even with this super thin filter, it is not compatible. I have explained this in this post:
https://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1779165/14#16246008



May 17, 2023 at 09:42 AM
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What a great thread. It inspired me to contact Yuri about reducing the MFD of my pre-asph v2. It's on its way to him now! I'd love .7m


Jul 26, 2023 at 03:12 AM
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lifeandmylens wrote:
What a great thread. It inspired me to contact Yuri about reducing the MFD of my pre-asph v2. It's on its way to him now! I'd love .7m


Awesome, Shawn! This change made of big difference when focusing close, and I'm sure it will work well on the v2 too.



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Fred Miranda wrote:
Awesome, Shawn! This change made of big difference when focusing close, and I'm sure it will work well on the v2 too.


He's been so great to work with! So far he was able to simply replace a screw and reduce MFD to .7m. However it now front focuses slightly on the patch so he is trying to see if he can build up the RF cylinder with some kind of material to correct it. We'll see!



Jul 29, 2023 at 04:18 PM
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lifeandmylens wrote:
He's been so great to work with! So far he was able to simply replace a screw and reduce MFD to .7m. However it now front focuses slightly on the patch so he is trying to see if he can build up the RF cylinder with some kind of material to correct it. We'll see!


I hope it works out!



Aug 04, 2023 at 05:20 PM
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Fred Miranda wrote:
I hope it works out!


It worked out wonderfully. It ended up he just needed to tighten a couple screws after making the mod and it was good to go. I received it back a few days ago and it's excellent!

He reduced minimum focusing distance to around 31" (~.79m). At 31" it front focuses ever so slightly, but from about 31.5" inches onward the patch lines up pretty perfectly. Very happy with it. He said he'll probably do a blog post on it this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing it!







Aug 04, 2023 at 06:06 PM
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lifeandmylens wrote:
It worked out wonderfully. It ended up he just needed to tighten a couple screws after making the mod and it was good to go. I received it back a few days ago and it's excellent!

He reduced minimum focusing distance to around 31" (~.79m). At 31" it front focuses ever so slightly, but from about 31.5" inches onward the patch lines up pretty perfectly. Very happy with it. He said he'll probably do a blog post on it this weekend. I'm looking forward to seeing it!


Shawn, I've come across a couple versions of the 35/1.4 lux 'v2' with an extended minimum focus distance (MFD). It's possible that over the years, some lenses were repaired and modified, addressing the main complaint about the lens, which is its 1m MFD. I'm thrilled that you were able to extend it, and personally, I frequently use the 0.76m MFD with my SR.



Aug 04, 2023 at 09:32 PM
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Thanks for patiently waiting Shawn, and thanks again for interesting collaboration! Here's the article: https://www.yukosteel.com/2023/08/mod-closer-focus-of-078m-leica-35mm-f14.html


Aug 08, 2023 at 01:22 AM
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yukosteel wrote:
Thanks for patiently waiting Shawn, and thanks again for interesting collaboration! Here's the article: https://www.yukosteel.com/2023/08/mod-closer-focus-of-078m-leica-35mm-f14.html


Thank you Yuri, very impressive! I use this close focusing range frequently now.



Aug 08, 2023 at 04:57 AM
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I wonder why Leica chose to make the steel rim (and v2) focus at 1m instead of 0.7m MFD initially, since there is no image degradation from 1m to 0.7m and the rangefinder allows this short distance. In the case of the steel rim reissue, Leica could have done this since the lens is not a perfect replica, given that the filter thread was altered compared to the original.


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