The lens is now sold out, please see here for details on the second production run.
The simplest optical design that is capable of correcting all of the seven Seidel aberrations over a wide field of view is the Cooke triplet, developed by H. Dennis Taylor in 1893. It is named after the optical company in York, England, for which Taylor worked at the time, Cooke and Sons (later to become Cooke, Troughton and Sims). Taylor’s designs, despite their antiquity, are close to optimum for the aperture and field he intended, given the glass types available in his day.
However, at around 1925 with the rise of the Tessar lens designed by Paul Rudolph of Zeiss the Cooke triplet was starting to be relegated to cheaper lenses such as those in compact cameras, due to its simple design affording low cost manufacturing.
Mr Miyazaki of MS Optical, a small independent manufacturer of lenses and camera accessories, believes that a well-designed triplet is superior to the Tessar. Only very few lenses in history exploited the full power of the formula, such as an early version of the Leitz Elmar 90/4 with three elements. He started researching and designing his own ideal triplet lens at the highest level possible, using 21st century materials and manufacturing techniques. The result is the MS Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35, which has just been released. (For those wondering about the origin of the lens name, in Japanese pera-pera means thin or flimsy.)
Despite it’s deceptively simple construction of three lens elements Miyazaki was able to design a lens of not only outstanding performance, but also with a very interesting form factor and at comparatively low cost.
Here are its key features:
- Very high optical quality triplet formula lens
- Ultra compact design, weight 75g, collapsible (4.2mm height when collapsed)
- Premium quality Tantalum glass, superior to Trium and Lanthanum glass with best refractive qualities
- Refined triplet design with two double thickness positive lenses, superior to Tessar design
- Round aperture for smooth and pleasing bokeh (Edmund Optics, Made in USA)
- Minimum focus distance 0.8m
- ALL glass surfaces multicoated, 97% light transmission
- Vivid, real and beautiful color reproduction, high contrast high resolution images
- Lot of 200 lenses, designed, manufactured and hand-assembled in Japan by Mr Sadayasu Miyazaki
The MS Optical Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35 is available now in our web shop. Below you can see a sample selection of images taken with the lens using a Leica M8.
Just like MS Optical’s lens conversions, please be aware that this lens is slightly different in operation from “normal” mass-manufactured lenses. For example, the aperture scale rotates with the whole lens barrel when the lens is focussed and there are no aperture click stops. This is not a lens for photographers who want all their lenses to function in the same way and cannot adjust to a different way of working. This is a design for the connoisseur with an appreciation for optics and their history.
Photos courtesy of Pieter Franken
I did quite some shooting yesterday with the lens [on the Leica M9 and MP] and had it compete with a 35mm Summilux aspherical lens. Obviously there are significant differences, but am quite impressed with what this little lens does. First of all the focus is perfect on the M9 and the view field is good. Bokeh is pleasant. The focussing is very smooth! I liked the hood and front and rear covers – nice detail and execution!
Pieter Franken, September 2010
There is no other independent maker of Leica M mount lenses that offers the same level of quality and creativity as MS Optical in the world today. The Perar is not just a lens, it is a celebration of the spirit of photography.
Note: we sell the MS Optical Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35 in M mount. Actually, at the core the lens is screw mount, however its use on LTM bodies requires some additional technical calibration with the camera. Unless you send us your camera, for customers outside of Japan we only offer the M mount version. The L-M ring is semi-permanently fixed and could be removed if you really wanted to, but doing so may create focussing and other issues so it is not recommended.
UPDATE: We have created a stand-alone Automator application that sets the lens name, focal length and maximum aperture of your image to MS Super Triplet Perar 35mm f/3.5 in the file’s EXIF data. (Mac OS X only). [Download]
I have seen some of those images made. I really like the result. The lens is really nicely small.
It is always pleasure to see photographer at action and result later. Congratulation.
1) Will this lens safely mount on a micro 4/3 camera with a Leica m-mount adapter?
2) In your opinion, does it make any sense to do so?
Yes and, yes!
Those photos look a tad contrasty to me
Yes, I cranked it up quite a bit, it’s not really representative of the lens.
Here’s more: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tags/msopticalperar3535supertriplet/
I don’t see it listed amongst the key features, so let me just ask… Is this little beast rangefinder coupled?
Of course, that goes without saying. Is anyone still making/selling non-coupled lenses?
Voigtlander 15 & 12 sell uncoupled, in LTM, although 15 is now available in M mount, coupled, I think.
I’m not sure whether they are still made. The first version of the Cosina 12/5.6 was not coupled. Not that that really matters when you have so much depth of field…
Interesting lens, this…
what if the screwmount/ltm cameras i have are standard Leica IIIc and IIIf. Can the lens be configured for that camera based on the example you have in house or do I have to send my particular camera to Japan for an individual alignment? I would think they are all very standard…
Now, second part of question. If the same LTM lens was mounted to M6 via ltm to m adapter, would it be out of alignment because it it configured for IIIc?
Just trying to understand how it would all work.
Hi Alex, thank you for your interest.
We sell the MS Optical Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35 in M mount. Actually, at the core the lens is screw mount, however its use on LTM bodies requires some additional technical calibration with the camera. To avoid complications, for customers outside of Japan we only offer the M mount version.
IF anyone is selling this lens, please e-mail me with your price:
One thing hard to understand. It`s said 200 are produced and sold out. If sold out then there`s market for them. Why not produce more, earn more, satisfy more customers? What about wider sister,fx 28/3,5.(look at one from Olympus XA4)
Working on it. Watch this space…
I’m selling mine. In case someone is interested please send me an e-mail.
watching this space with imterest!
I want one! Is anybody willing/interested to send & ship one to Malaysia??
V2 is not too far away…
MS Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35
i like to order asap.
I received the first sample of the new production today. We will start taking orders next week. Watch this space!
Please see here:
hi, can i check if the mount is made of plastic or metal for the perar version 2? thanks
Full metal mount. From what I can see there is no plastic at all on this lens, even hoods and caps are metal.
1. will the collapsing lens design create any problem when mounted on the M8?
2. 19mm UV/IR filter seems to be hard to find. any idea where to get one?
2. I think B+W makes one, but not sure if it’s worth it. I never had issues on M8 with IR.
tell me Dirk, is it worth buying for a lumix gf2 – tell me
It depends what it can do for you and what you can do with it what you cannot do now.
I have 28 45 90 mm Contax G lenses – as I told you by mail a love the lenses but I want to go digital with low weight. I love to have a nice bokeh in my photos and a bit off the old days Ultron color transparency.
You told me not to convert them for leica M mount to use them on 4/3 – not worth the money – what are het alternatives except from G mouth adapter with poor distance wheel.
The old Tessar concept – as I understand – the Super Triplet Perar 3.5/35 – but better? – would be a 70 mm on the 4/3, right? Will it meet my bokeh desire and old days Ultron color transparency. Converting the Biogon 28 mm will give 56 mm on a 4/3, richt?? Cost of both acquisitions will be 530 euro. What would you do.
You have to figure out what length and f stop lens you want the most and then find an equivalent. Manual focus is a pain with these new cams, so either get a Leica digital or lenses that do what you want on the M4/3 body, probably either the Panasonic or Olympus lenses, or something from Cosina.
Any photo of this lens on NEX-5? Can it be collapsed on NEX-5 with no any possible damage? Thanks.
Hi, I don’t have a photo on a NEX but it will probably look like on M4/3. Collapsing shouldn’t be problem, although I have not tried it myself.
I have B+W 19mm uv filter. but it doesn’t fit!!
You need a filter with classic Leica thread pitch. The B+W filters don’t have that pitch so they don’t fit. Only the Kenko filters seem to be available now, and the UV filters are running out.
I recently received my lens. In use I find that it will lock in the expanded position for shooting but there appears to be no lock for the compact storage position. Is this the case or am I missing something?
Indeed, you cannot lock it in the collapsed position.
Do you know the amount of customs duties and taxes to be paid if delivered to Germany?
It is between €100-150, but we may open an alternative channel for delivery within EU. Contact us privately for details.
I received mine (Mark II, 433). The aperture ring is quite tight and can’t be turned without changing the focus as well. Can this be improved/adjusted somehow?
I also wonder what size the various threads have (outer, inner filter/hood thread), because I would like to replace the metal hood and cap with some snap on protection. Any suggestions or dealer recommendations?
this is normal behaviour. Since the lenses are new, this may loosen over time with more use, but not significantly. It is a matter of getting used to it. For example, one can hold the lens barrel with one finger when changing aperture, all happens automatically after a while.
I suppose it could be adjusted and made very loose, but I recommend against it because it may lead to unintentional adjustment, which is far worse.
I don’t think anyone produces caps and hoods this small, at least I am not aware. The sheet with the lens should state the sizes, not sure, please have a look.
After less than a week, I today received my Perar 4/28mm from Japan Exposures. Sterling service again!
Thank you Anders, once again.
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