Dirk Rösler tells me that this lens sold out in record time.
That's moderately amazing to me. A Cooke-type triplet? I can find a dozen lenses on Ebay for under $15 that outperform it. At least technically. Sometimes, though, what you want is a little historical cachet, I guess. And certainly exclusivity—there were only 200 of these.
The formal name for it is the MS Optical Super Triplet Perar 35mm ƒ/3.5. "MS" stand for Sadoyasu Miyazaki, who designed the lens and hand-assembled it in Japan. Interesting reading about the design's history on Dirk's page.
If I were going to get a modern iteration of a classic design I'd rather have one of these. A beautiful lens with a distinctive historical character—discontinued now. Sure to be a future classic. I'll take a Tessar-type any day.
Granted, they don't fit the same cameras.
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