Thypoch Eureka 50mm f/2 review: first impressions of Thypoch's little vintage lens

This vintage-inspired lens oozes classic style but has the optical goods to back it up

Thypoch Eureka lens attached to a Leica camera
(Image: © Gareth Bevan / Digital Camera World)

Early Verdict

Did I expect the most fun I have had with a lens in quite a while to come from a company I had never heard of, with a lens that is designed like a relic of cameras past? Well no, but here we are. The Eureka lens from Thypoch pleasantly surprised me in every conceivable way. It is not just gorgeous to look at, but the build quality is exceptional, and the image quality is far beyond what I expected. The lens is still in its final development phase, so the sample I am testing is not final, but so far, it is all looking incredibly promising.


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    Beautiful unique vintage style

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    Excellent solid metal build quality

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    Good image quality


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    Lens hood attachment method not my favorite

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    Only natively in Leica M mount so far

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One of the most frequent complaints I hear in my job is how they don’t build ‘em like they used to, with many photographers missing the good old days of film cameras with their weighty metal construction instead of the light polycarbonate plastics most cameras and lenses today are made from. But recently, these veteran photographers have been joined by a younger crowd who for a multitude of reasons (let’s not dive into that here) have flocked to the vintage camera aesthetic.

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MountLeica M
MaterialAluminum Alloy
Aperturef/2 - f/16
Lens construction6 elements in 4 groups
Close focus1m / 3.3ft
Iris Blades12
Length41.2mm / 1.6" (extended), 27mm / 1.1" (retracted)

If you are sold on the vintage aesthetic, then the Voigtländer 50 mm f/3.5 Heliar VM is also in a unique retro design that might be appealing, although it lacks the extending mechanics. The aperture is also slightly narrower at f/3.5 compared to the f/2 on the Eureka.

Leica Summicron-M 50 f/2

If you have bought a Leica camera, then you might well also only have your eye on buying Leica's own lenses. The Leica Summicron-M 50 f/2 is the closest to the Eureka you can get in focal length, aperture, and price, but that price is considerably higher than the Eureka is likely to be.

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.