Omnar is a new M-mount rangefinder lens manufacturer based on a collaboration between manual lens specialist Skyllaney Opto-Mechanics and film photography publication 35mmc. In short: Omnar is a fully rangefinder coupled lens that rehouses optics from other cameras and lenses, and their first lenses, the Omnar CN26–6, is a 26mm f6 fixed-aperture M-mount lens constructed of optical elements from Canon’s AF-10 point-and-shoot camera.
Omnar Lenses says the lens is “a simple optic with a combination of coated glass and plastic elements.” While Omnar Lenses claims it’s sharp, it does note the lens definitely gives a strong point-and-shoot aesthetic to images.
The lens is rangefinder coupled from 67cm to infinity and can focus uncoupled down to 30cm. It will be offered in three hand-painted colors that cover the metal housings: Matte Black Chrome Cerakote, Silver Chrome Cerakote, and High Gloss Black Lacquer. There will also be the option for custom colors once units start shipping, according to Omnar Lenses,
At its smallest config, it protrudes a mere 10.5mm off the camera and weighs a cool 100 grams.
Only 20/30 of these lenses will be made, so it’ll be a first-come-first-serve ordeal. The price is yet to be determined and sample images are yet to be shared, but the announcement post notes units should arrive to the first orders ‘this side of Christmas.’
More info on Omnar Lenses’ website.