New 35mmc/Skyllaney lens (Pic: 35mmc/Skyllaney)
The new lens is a pancake design using optical elements from a compact camera (Pic: 35mmc/Skyllaney)

Film photography blog 35mmc and lens repairer Skyllaney have announced their intention to produce a range of new Leica M-mount lenses – starting with a wide-angle pancake lens expected to launch in the next few months.

35mmc’s Hamish Gill announced the news in a post on Instagram on Wednesday (6 January). He said: “Me and Chris from @skyllaneyoptomechanics have been talking about working together on bringing lenses to market for nearly a year now. We have some big plans…! The first of our projects will be available in the next few months, hopefully.

“This is going to be a very high build quality M-mount pancake lens with a characterful wide angle optic rehoused from a compact camera.

“This is a lens I have personally wanted for myself for a while – it’s going to be a fairly niche-interest bit of kit… just how I like it!”

Gill says the first run of the new lens will be just 25 examples.

Skyllaney is a lens repairer and restorer based in Rugby in the UK, which repairs and recalibrates mechanical lenses such as those made for Leica M and L39 mounts. On its site it says: “Our goal is to become a designer and manufacturer of limited-edition boutique lenses in Europe, but also servicing customers beyond the European market with our repair, conversion, servicing and custom engineering/fabrication abilities.”

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