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Leica Thambar-M 90mm f/2.2

Focusing the Leica 90mm f/2.2 Thambar-M (with examples)

Focusing the Leica 90mm f/2.2 Thambar-M is exceptionally difficult—this is not a lens that will ever snap into focus. That is ironic because the raison d^etre of the Thambar 90/2.2 is the combination of some sharpness with what I’ll just call a “haze effect” (caused by many optical aberrations and high veiling flare). So getting focus right is critical, or the whole image becomes an unfocused blurry blob.

Focusing is difficult to be sure of, regardless of subject matter. Here is Leica’s claim, at least in terms of determining focus:

Today, the ability to adjust images in the camera’s Live View monitor makes it even easier to achieve the desired results with this truly exceptional lens.

The fact is that best focus is exceedingly hard to determine even in magnified Live View. That said, perhaps Leica means instead the ability to assess the amount of veiling haze effect and/or to focus more precisely to account for focus shift for stopped down shooting.

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f2.2 @ 1/45 sec, ISO 400; 2018-06-10 20:32:17
LEICA M (Typ 240) + Leica Thambar 90mm f/2.2

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