I am sure by now we have all heard of the record breaking $15 million Leica that was sold at auction earlier this month? Anyway, rumor site Photo Rumors, has just posted a set of images that showcase Light Lens Lab are making a prototype replica of this world-recording-breaking Leica Barnack camera.
The images shown so far showcase a wonderful brass and possibly magnesium camera body with vintage style lens attached. The bottom plate also shows a Abrahamson-style rapid winder, which was designed to give the photographer rapid film advance, than the traditional lever stoke , commonly found on film cameras.
Light Lens Lab has become increasingly popular over the years for creating impressive replicas of Leica legendary glass. However, this camera is simply a prototype at this stage, but what a marvel it would be to have a new film camera on the market that resembles the Leica shot by some of your idols.
In a recent talk with fstoppers, David Chen, the distributor for North America said:
"We are working on our current productions of the ELCAN 50mm f/2 and 35mm f/2 eight element, and have more projects, such as the Hologon 15mm f/8 and other lenses, that we need to produce before diving into this camera."
As to the film advance, Chen said "three different styles will ne released: one for the M4-P, one for the M1, M2 and M3 bodies, as well as one for Barnack bodies."
It is wonderful to see a company trying to bring these camera of the past back with a new lease of life, but sticking to the traditional cameras as much as they can. I am sure there are many Leica fans out there that would love to own a Barnack style camera, without the world record beating price tag!