Originally Posted by Noserider
Very nice; this lens is one of my favorites in a P&S camera and I have probably around 4-6 sitting around in broken cameras. I'd be interested in seeing if anyone has the gumption to make a CNC mount to drop in the element set...
I have thought about it sometimes, having fiddled around with CNC machinery. The production run would have to be around 1000 to make any financial sense (that's to put the kit price tag in color-scopar territory. I know a solid gold Contax makes perfect sense to some.)
If it's a simple ~7-8 part assembly with rotating centre, basically it's 140 hours of machine time to make parts for one, 140,2 hours to make two.. Bayonet flange and aperture mecanism would be outsourced. Really hard to go crome, then again brass vs. alu would be irrelevant as material costs would be like 2-3%.
Lately I've had access to a CNC lathe that doesn't have to run to pay for itself or anyone, but I'm not sure if it can hold enough tools for the job to be sensible and can't certainly be set up to run large series. I might make some crazy collectible run of 5 lenses just so it can become a legend and I can sell a few "rare undiscovered NOS" ones on eBay when I'm old..
Or, if someone is willing to invest $20k for $10k loss, I'll draw you the parts pro bono just to watch the train wreck