I was contacted in the past by a small manufacturer interested in licensing my design, but no deals were reached. Now seems another more well established company Lomography has taken the idea and launched a Kickstarter. At last check they have raised over a quarter million dollars. Seems on the surface that they are using the same Zenit lens optics and wrapping it in a vintage brass shell. Well played. Ugggggh.
I had some pristine uncoated lenses converted for use on my EPIC. I finally had a chance to test this one out …. an UNCOATED PREWAR XENON SCHNEIDER 50mm f2 (MINT). I am really happy with the look this lens renders so far. Uncoated flares, low contrast… SHARP yet creamy, Vintage style bokeh. Currently looking for a 35 to complete a small set. I have an 80mm on the way, I hope its in as good condition as this little 50mm… fingers crossed.