Like most hobby photographers, I aspire to one day own a Leica M-mount rangefinder camera – the crème de la crème. While I don’t currently have one, it didn’t stop me from drooling over the beautiful limited edition lens that we’ll talk about in this week’s Fire Finds.
Celebrating the “Year of the Ox” on the Lunar calendar, TTartisan crafted a limited edition 50mm f/0.95 lens in red. Red is an extremely important color in Chinese culture because of its symbolism and ties to luck, joy, happiness and celebration. The Chinese company’s limited edition lens comes in an edition of 500 and has black and silver counterparts that were already being offered. What drew me to this lens – aside from the striking red color and gold mount – was the beautifully crafted lens cap, which features half an ox head graphic along with the Chinese character for ox and the name of the lens. I’m also a sucker for 50mm lenses regardless of company or brand because of the bokeh effect and since it captured image is closest to the natural way our eyes see things. This specific lens has an aperture range of f/0.95 to f/16 which is not only fast but wide and dynamic for low light situations.
$899 is fairly reasonable in the lens and photography game but getting yourself a Leica M will set you back a couple of bands. This definitely is more of a collector’s item and flex but if you’re already rocking a Leica M, why not splurge? TTartisan’s online store already sold out but there are a few listings on eBay and on Photo Rumors ($909). Chinese New Year/Lunar New Year will be celebrated on February 12 so expect to see more related products in the coming weeks.
Photos via Photo Rumors