Thypoch’s New Collapsible Eureka 50mm f/2 Lens Exudes Vintage Style

Chinese lens maker Thypoch, known for its Simera 28mm f/1.4 and 35mm f/1.4 lenses, has announced its second lens series: Eureka. The inaugural lens in the series is the Eureka 50mm f/2 prime lens for Leica M-mount cameras.

Although only natively available in M-mount for now, photographers need only look at the Simera’s recent arrival on E, Z, and X mounts to know that Thypoch could expand the Eureka lens beyond M-mount at some point. That said, the company acknowledges lens mount adapters and says the Eureka 50mm f/2 is compatible with the 44 x 33-millimeter image sensor in the Hasselblad CFV100C camera, ensuring image area coverage across the full 100-megapixel image sensor. That’s a rather large image circle.

The Eureka 50mm f/2 is also interesting by virtue of its design, as it is a modern retelling of the Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron Collapsible lens released in 1953. The lens’s minimum length is 27 millimeters (1.06 inches), and when extended, it is 41.2 millimeters (1.62 inches) long.

A close-up photo of a silver camera lens with a vintage design. The lens displays various distance and aperture markings, including f-stops from 1.5 to 16. The lens mount is visible at the bottom.
Thypoch Eureka 50mm f/2 in aluminum (retracted)
A silver camera lens labeled "EUREKA 1:2/50" with various engraved markings including aperture and focus scales. The lens features ridged focus and aperture rings, a distance scale in feet, and mounted on a metallic base compatible with a camera.
The brass version of the lens in in its extended position

As for its optical performance, Thypoch promises edge-to-edge sharpness thanks to the 50mm’s double gauss structure. The asymmetrical formula includes six lens elements arranged across four groups, which are split into a pair of separate front and back sections. The lens includes a single ED glass element to correct chromatic aberrations and a high refractive index (HRI) element to combat field curvature and spherical aberrations. Thypoch says the lens is “sharp,” even when shot wide-open at f/2.

Poster promoting "Eureka," a vintage-style full-frame 50mm f/2 camera lens by Thypoch. The image shows a hand holding the retro camera with the lens attached. The text highlights the homage to 1950s collapsible lens designs.

The lens maker also promises pleasing bokeh thanks to a 12-blade aperture diaphragm. “[The] Eureka 50mm f/2 guarantees circular and aesthetically pleasing bokeh, creating a dreamy and poetic atmosphere,” Thypoch says.

There’s a clear focus on blending vintage design and style with modern imaging performance. The lens looks like it is straight from the 1950s.

Based on sample images provided by Thypoch, it appears impressively sharp and full of character. Part of the appeal of a vintage-style lens is that it produces images with a certain classic look and feel.

A person with colorful face paint, including yellow on the nose and blue tear-like streaks, is seen through blurred, raised hands. The sunlight highlights their face while the hands create a soft, dreamy effect. The background is a clear blue sky.
Image by Delfina Carmona
A person with blue dots on their face gazes directly at the camera. They are seated behind a colorful transparent geometric structure, including red, blue, yellow, and green shapes, creating a layered and artistic effect. The background appears gradient.
Image by Delfina Carmona
A person with shoulder-length dark hair wearing a yellow shirt stands facing away and holds a small circular mirror, reflecting their face. The background is a gradient of blue, green, and yellow. The scene is dramatically lit, casting vivid shadows.
Image by Delfina Carmona

“Eureka 50mm f/2’s nod to historical craftsmanship not only awakens the imagination of those yearning for the golden era but does so with a modern twist that enhances usability without sacrificing quality or aesthetic appeal. Its compact design enhances convenience for on-the-go photography,” says Thypoch.

Side-by-side images of Leica cameras. The left image shows a vintage silver Leica camera with a mounted lens on a textured surface. The right image displays an olive green Leica camera from a top-down angle, revealing the lens and camera controls.

Pricing and Availability

The Thypoch Eureka 50mm f/2 is available to order now and comes in two versions. The lens built using aluminum is lighter and cheaper. It weighs 120 grams (0.3 pounds), and costs $579. There is also a brass version, a darker, heavier metal. It weighs 230 grams (0.5 pounds) and is available to order for $859.

Image credits: Thypoch

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