Ms-optics PERAR 35mm

Review and Photo example of the PERAR 35mm F3.5 (MS-Optics / Miyazaki kogaku) .

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  • Sample photos taken with the Leica M9


A wide-angle lens with a focal length of 35mm released as the third product by Ms-optics.
It has a lens construction of 3 elements in 3 groups, and is the first lens to be given the PERAR designation. After that, PERAR-28mm, PERAR-24mm, and PERAR21mm were released.

The lens barrel is a collapsible type that Mr. Miyazaki was particular about, and when it is collapsed without a hood, the protrusion of the lens disappears and the thickness of the mount part is reduced to 4mm, resembling a body cap.

The image quality is similar to other PERAR cameras, as it has a small number of glass elements, so it produces clear images.
Even with the M9’s full-frame sensor, it is possible to obtain images with no disturbances to the periphery.
From the description of Miyazaki’s lens design data, this can be interpreted as a result of sacrificing some of the image quality in the center to improve the image quality in the periphery.

During the day, when brightness is not required, this lens can be used for everything from landscapes to animals. The minimum focusing distance is 0.8m, which is in the category of a typical rangefinder camera, which is unavoidable considering the year the lens was released, but if you can get as close as 0.5m, you can use it for wide-angle macro photography. I think it’s a versatile lens.

As of 2024, most of the above concerns have been dispelled as it is now possible to use high ISO on the camera side, and with mirrorless cameras, it is possible to use an auxiliary helicoid to compensate for the shortest shooting distance. .
When I first wrote this page, I assumed that it would be used only with rangefinder cameras, so I wrote it that way.

I bought the Type I camera soon after its release in 2010 and used it for a long time, but around 2017 I found the Type II camera at a used camera store and bought it. When comparing Type I and Type II, the only visible differences were the lens name and hood shape. The instructions were the same, so I don’t think any changes were made to the lens.


focal length(mm)35
Maximum aperture3.5
Minimum aperture22
Lens configuration3groups 3elements
Leaf blade10
Minimum distance(m)0.8
Lens length(mm)17.5Distance form mount frange
Lens max diameter(mm)48.6Excluding focus lever and other protrusions
Filter diameter(mm)19Reversed (filter is the same as Leica Elmar 35mm)
Release dateYear 2010.05
List price(Yen)44,000

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Update history

  • 2024.03.12:Update article
  • 2022.06.02:First draft

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