My first memory of a camera goes back to my childhood in USSR and me holding my grandfather’s Zorki or FED (I don’t remember which). I remember looking through a Soviet Universal turret “revolver” viewfinder. I really liked rotating it and seeing different image sizes as the viewfinder changed for the different focal lengths. I really don’t remember what lens my grandfather’s camera had, but I imagine it had to be a Jupiter of sorts.
Spring 2019. One of my friends (he runs an antique shop in Ghent, Belgium) sends me a picture of a Leica IIIc with a screw mounted Sonnar with the message, “Is this something for you? I’ bought some furniture today and the guy wants to sell me his dad’s camera too. Put a price on it and call me back. I’m leaving here within 10 minutes.”
Skyllaney have just announced the MKII version of the Skyllaney 50mm f/1.4 Planar M-mount lens. These lenses are based on the very popular C/Y mount Zeiss 50mm f/1.4, are stripped, meticulously cleaned, adjusted and permanently rebuilt into rangefinder coupled m-mounts. I’ve been playing with one for a few days in the run up to the announcement.
This Leica thread mount modified Skyllaney Zeiss 50mm f/1.5 single coated Sonnar lens is third I’ve reviewed from the hands of Chris Andreyo from Skyllaney this year. It’s the most expensive, and certainly the most desirable by most people’s standards I’m sure. Like every single Sonnar I’ve tried, it has also shown me something new, as well as helping define what I like from this formula of lens.
Another Skyllaney lens to recently pass through my hands was this wonderful restored Jupiter-3. My past experiences with Jupiter-3 lenses – at least apart from the Lomography one (which was very nice) – is that they can be a bit hit and miss. This Skyllaney one was definitely a hit – that is at least if you like what the Jupiter-3 does.