Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2

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Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2

Leica Camera is pleased to expand its line of classic lenses with the Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2. First introduced in the mid-1930s where only about 3,000 units were produced, the new Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2 has the same optical design but a modified exterior. The lens still produces the same dreamy, soft focus look of the original 83-year old lens.

The original Thambar (which comes from the Greek word for "blurred" or "out-of-focus") was designed with portraiture in mind, and has become an extremely collectible lens due to its low production numbers and unique rendering. The lens has two aperture scales, with one designed to be used when the included center filter is attached, which further increases the soft-focus effect.

The Thambar’s distinctive, dreamily romantic look and bokeh are created by deliberately under-corrected spherical aberrations, along with a 20-bladed aperture for the circular rendition of out-of-focus highlights. Because the aberration increases towards the periphery of the optical system, both the extension of the depth of field and the degree of diffusion can be precisely controlled via the step-less aperture ring.

The essentials:

  • Diagonal picture angle: approx. 27 °
  • Working range: 1 m to infinity
  • Largest scale: 1: 9.0
  • Number of lenses/groups: 4/3
  • Length * 1: approx. 90mm
  • Weight * 1: approx. 500 g
  • Hard leather quiver, central panel and clip-on lens hood included
  • Filter/filter thread: E49
  • Made in Germany


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  • Angle of View (for 35mm - diagonal, horizontal, vertical) :
    Approx. 27°, 23°, 15°
  • Number of lenses/groups:
    4 / 3
  • Position of entrance pupil:
    49.6mm (in the direction of light incidence behind the bayonet fitting contact area)
  • Focusing Range:
    1 meter to infinity
  • Focusing Scale:
  • Smallest object field / Biggest Scale:
    Approx. 215x322 mm/1:9.0 (for 35 mm: 24x36 mm)
  • Aperture Setting:
    No detent positions
  • Aperture Range:
    2.2 - 2.6 or 9 - 25 (values in white: for use with the associated center spot filter)/2.3 - 6.3 (values in red: for use without the associated center spot filter)
  • Bayonet Fitting:
    Leica M quick-change bayonet with 6 bit lens identification bar code for digital M models
  • Finish:
    Black lacquered (Distance scale: silver)
  • Filter mount / Lens Hood:
    Internal thread for screw-on filter E49, center spot filter and push-on lens hood in the scope of delivery
  • Dimension and weight
  • Length:
    90/110mm (with/without lens hood)
  • Largest diameter:
    Approx. 57mm (without lens hood)
  • Weight:
    Approx. 500 grams

Lens, hard leather case, lens hood, lens hood cover, lens back cover

Limited Warranty:
Leica Camera AG (‘LEICA’) provides a three-year product limited warranty for this LEICA camera valid from the date of purchase from an authorized LEICA dealer, including the accessories contained in the original packaging, which are valid for two years.