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  1. The newly released Sigma 14mm f1.8 Art lens is discussed in several threads, but it might be convenient to gather info in one dedicated thread. The lens is available in Nikon and Canon mounts. As a guidance to new/potential buyers, here are some findings after playing with three copies of the lens, all in Nikon mounts. The testing has been tailored for night/star/northern light/etc. photography, i.e., with the deep sky as a major component of the image. In the following I only discuss sharpness across the image when the lenses are set wide open (f1.8) and at near infinity. Other optical qualities are, of course, of importance as well (aberration, astigmatism, coma, etc.), as well as other shooting conditions. As mentioned, three copies of the Sigma lens have been tested, all in Nikon mount, but I guess the results are transferable to Canon mounts as well. The tests are done with Nikon D5 and Leica SL, the latter with two Novoflex Nikon-to-Leica adapters (one manual and one electronic): (0) Yes, even infinity needs accurate focusing! Therefore, forget the infinity marking on the lens (as on most lenses). (1) Set the lens to manual focus; it appears that the focusing is less reliable when the lens is set to auto focus (despite auto focus is not activated by any camera buttons). Don't ask why and I can not prove it, this is a suspicion I have based on the testing. (2) Live view on Nikon D5, at full zoom, is only marginally able to guide correct infinity focus. Using a loupe on the back screen is recommended, possibly needed. (3) Live view on Leica SL, at 10x magnification, is much more accurate than the Nikon live view (nothing new here) and can be trusted regarding infinity focus. Thumbs up for the SL! (4) In my case, the manual Novoflex adapter gives even focus throughout most of the image. This is not the case for the electronic adapter; when the center of the image is in focus, the edges smear, and vice versa. So there are differences in the mount precision. This does not imply/prove that manual Novoflex adapters are more accurate than the electronic one, rather that differences between adapters can be expected. So for accurate infinity focus with non-SL lenses, testing of several adapters might be required (actually, I have two manual Novoflex adapters, with one being a `keeper', the other less so). So adapters can be tricky. (5) Irrespective of the FF body used (Nikon D5 or Leica SL), copies of the Sigma 14mm f1.8 ART at f1.8 show differences regarding edge/corner sharpness when the central part of the image is in focus. Vice versa, when the focus point is set near(er) to the corners, the central part of the image may turn soft. So some copies of the lens do not stand the task. Actually, the excellent SL EVF can be used to judge the lens sharpness across most of the image. Set the focus somewhere in the frame, and 'walk' around in the EVF to check the focus throughout the frame (note that we are talking about focus near infinity). (6) Of the three lenses tested on D5 and SL, the latter with the manual Novoflex adapter, one copy is fine - being sharp across the image with only weak softness in the outmost corners. The lens is sharper than the Nikon 14-25 f2.8G zoom, a highly regarded lens (despite the Sigma is shot at f1.8). One copy is perhaps acceptable, the third copy fails wrt edge/corner sharpness. (7) For all three copies of the lens, optimal sharpness across the image appears to be obtained when the focus is put about 1/3 off the centre of the image. (8) I find accurate, manual focussing somewhat tricky with the lens; very small rotation of the focus ring moves the focus point too far/quickly, so I would prefer a longer focus throw length (but I guess this might influence the lens' autofocus). In conclusion, the new Sigma can be fine, even used wide open at f1.8, but testing is needed... Used on the SL, testing of adapters are also needed... Images will follow after some shooting.
  2. HI, what's the best lens mount adapter for Leica M lens to Sony E.MONT that have you tried ? Thanks a lot.
  3. I'd like to use an 1:1 adapter for the macro-elmarit-R 60mm lens. I see that the adapter originally made for the lens was Leica product code no. 14198 and was later replaced by a newer adapter, product code 14256. is there any real benefit of one versus the other? I assume that the sizes must be nearly the same. Thanks!
  4. A few days ago I acquired an R 280mm f/4-TELYT-R ROM (late #374...) lens in mint condition, virtually indistinguishable from a new one. This is my first R lens, and I acquired it in lieu of the excellent Leica 90-280 Vario-Elmarit-SL for reasons unrelated to this topic. Needing an adapter, I purchased the Leica R-Adapter-L, instead of a less costly third party adapter. Today marked my first outing with the lens, and I couldn't be more pleased with this setup, except for one issue I encountered. The fit between the camera and the adapter is snug, with no movement whatsoever; however, the fit between the adapter and the lens is not so perfect. When fully engaged, I can twist the lens and it exhibits some slight back and forth movement between the lens and the adapter, perhaps less than one degree, but enough to cause concern, especially given the snug fit at the camera end. This is the only R lenses I own, and so I cannot test the setup with other lenses. I have both the Leica M-Adaper-L and the S-Adapter-L, and I have found no issues with either of them. I am sure that there are others with this R-Adapter-L setup, and I would love to hear from you. Has anyone else encountered this issue? Thanks, Robert
  5. [ I did not find a pertinent thread via forum search; if this is a duplicate question, please be so kind to provide a link, otherwise feel free to answer ] What adapters can be reliably used on the M10 for e.g. a classic LTM Elmar 50 mm in your experience? In older threads (pre M10), the three most widely recommended were - Original Leitz (50mm seems to be a bit scarce on the market) - Voigtländer - CameraQuest/ Rayqual (seem unavailable in Europe) The M10 has been reported to be more finicky with regard to 6 bit coding. Is it also more of a diva with regard to adapters? I have read the caveats about collapsing; now I am looking out for an adapter... Thanks, Mathias
  6. Hi. Used a Leitz M39 to Leica m Adapter on my M10 with a summaron 35/2.8 lens. The rangefinder coupling is not working and my M10 terminates the liveview witin seconds and sets back the manual lens selection to ‚auto‘. Does anybody have an explanation/solution? Thx a lot!
  7. Hi, I'm new to Leica's and I have just bought an M4 but as I'm on a pretty tight budget, I bought a Jupiter 12 35mm lens. I've heard good things about this lens for the price but as it doesn't currently fit the M4 I've read that I need an adapter for it. Does anybody know the exact adapter I need? I've seen some on eBay that I think might do the trick but I can't be sure and I don't want to buy the wrong thing! Thanks.
  8. Hallo zusammen, ich dachte bisher, es gäbe nur den m39 auf M-Mounth Adapter, welcher eine Kopplung an den Entfernungsmesser hat. Jetzt sehe ich ab und zu Verkaufsanzeigen, in dem Minolta MD oder Contax/Yashica Objektive mit einem Adapter angeboten werden, bei dem im Text angegeben wird, dass die Kopplung an den Entfernungsmesser perfekt funktioniert. Gibt es solche Adapter fertig zu kaufen, oder handelt es sich um "angefertigte" Adapter, bzw. geänderte? Man hört oder liest so garnix drüber? Ich möchte gerne das ein oder andere 1,4er zu meinem Cron an der M probieren.
  9. Hi All, Anyone know if there is an adapter for Nikon D lenses for my SL? Thanks
  10. Met with a friend a few weeks ago and brought my Summicron-R 90mm f/2 along. Unfortunately, I only used the Canon 85L and the Nikkor 58G after the first few shots with the Leitz, even though they turned out to be amazing.. I always process both colour and monochrome versions when I shoot portraits. Found that most of my students prefer colour whereas I myself like the monochromes better. Meet Kathi, a former student of mine and one of my favourite models She's simply amazing. The streets around us were buzzing with tourists and people staring at us. Some came over asking what we were doing. An older man even apporached me to tell me that I should swap to Sony to get a smaller, lighter camera. Then one man (in his sixties) told me that it wasn't hard to get good pictures of such a pretty girl. Through all that, Kathi remained perfectly relaxed and had loads of fun. (Click on the images to head to my flickr stream if you want to see some more of the pics we shot that day.) I really love the 90mm and am keeping my Canon 1Ds mainly so that I can keep shooting portraits with it
  11. Sorry for the newb question, I'm considering an SL to go with my 240 and have read lots online but I'm trying to clarify something about using my M lenses with the adapter: 1) Does the SL "know" what aperture an M lens is set at, and reflect that in the data displayed in the EVF? If not, do you set your aperture on the M lens and then manually change the settings to match that on the SL body or....? 2) Does the EXIF metadata in the file of a shot taken on the SL with an M lens via the adapter show the correct lens & F stop information? I tried figuring this out at B&H when I checked out the SL but the salesman was clueless - the camera was in A mode and although the 50 1.4 M Lux I had mounted was wide open, the SL was flickering between 1.4 and 1.7 depending on where I aimed it. I assumed that in manual mode it would reflect what was actually set on the lens itself but would really appreciate an answer on how it works from someone actually using an SL with M lenses. Thank you!
  12. Hi guys: I am having a problem with the Leitz Wetzlar R to M Adapter 22228/500934. I can't understand why it wouldn't let me mount Elmarit-R 16mm/2.8 fisheye on it. My lens was made in 1975 and is a 2-cam version. I did search the forum and found a couple of threads suggesting that this particular adapter was not made specifically for R-lenses and doesn't work with some of them. There is a small metal part sticking out right beside one of the prongs on the R-side of the adapter (see the photo): I thought that was the reason. But I was wrong. As you can see from the photos below, I have a spare R-mount, which looks exactly the same as the one on the lens. Yet, that spare mount fits into the adapter perfectly well and clicks in place, while the lens mount doesn't. The same rear Leica cap fits both the lens mount and the spare mount equally well. What could be wrong? What should I do? Help!
  13. I would love to attach the R 280mm f4 APO (with the 1.4x APO-R converter) onto the S. There is an adapter for this made in few copies only - Lei-Ko Leica R to S adapter - pass me a word in case someone has a 'sleeping' adapter...
  14. I have a number of CV and ELW adapters, varying in effective thickness between 0.990 and 1.010mm +/- .002mm. I just received a number of Chinese adapters with the 6-bit pits milled: .098 to 1.00. Focusing on the antenna tower of the World Trade Center 1 mile away, those slight variations don't appear to affect infinity focus in the rangefinder (Coincidence in viewfinder with scale at infinity). That my eyes can detect. However I've been thinking about the actual practical effect of these variations on focus on the film plane using the rangefinder. It seems to me that even a gross error in thickness would not lead to focusing error IF ONE FOCUSED ONLY BY RANGEFINDER. (Obviously major error would result from scale focusing; correct infinity focus would not be at infinity on the barrel scale). My reasoning is that the position of the optical unit is transmitted by the lens' cam to the camera's cam follower. The measuring system is independent of how the optical unit is held in place, it's only interested in how far away the optical unit is from the film plane. Any error in adapter thickness would be covered by the helicoid, albeit with incorrect scale readings, and inability to reach infinity with a too-thick adapter. Is there a hole in my reasoning?
  15. Hello All, today I was lucky enough to buy a fully functioning Leica R3 for $50 at my local antique store. Anyways, I don't have any R-Mount lenses and was wondering if there was an adapter for my Leica M lenses that will allow me to use them on my R3.
  16. Hello, I am new to Leica T camera. I had just ordered a Leica T camera body only. I have a couple Leica R lenses that I have been using with my X-Pro1. I would like to use both my 50mm Summicron-R and 28mm Elmarit-R lenses on my Leica T camera. At this time, from my research, in order to use my R lenses on Leica T, I have to stack T-M & M-R adapters. Is there another option such as T-R adapter? Thank you in advance for your pointers Dennis
  17. The ability to autofocus Leica M lenses strikes me as a neat development. Has anyone used the Techart adapter for autofocus of Leica M lenses on the Sony A7-II, the main camera for which the adapter was developed? I'm especially curious about how the AF adapter performs with larger lenses and R lenses using an R-M adapter in addition to the AF Adapter. According to the Techart website, the motor in the adapter should be able to quickly autofocus lenses weighing up to 700 grams.
  18. Has anybody used yet the AFS NIKKOR 14-24mm 2,8 G ED on the SL? ​What adapter are available? Can you post a link to this theme. I could not find any meaningful post. Thanks Hans https://plus.google....gmbpt=true&fd=1 https://www.facebook.com/khunhans
  19. Hey guys, I wrote an article about using the Contax 645 lenses on the Leica S system cameras you can read it here: Using the Leica S with Contax 645 lenses
  20. Hallo Kann ich ein Staeble Braun Color Ultralit 50 mit M39 Anschluss per Adapter an einer Leica M9 adaptieren. Gibt es verschiedene Adapter? Geht die Fokussierung über den Sucher? Was empfehlt ihr mir. Ist das Ultralit geeignet für diese Kamera? Grüsse Michael
  21. Angekündigt wurde er ja, der Leica Adapter R auf T. Zur Zeit muss man sich entweder mit _ Drittherstellerware (z.B Novoflex - aber ich denke der chinesische Hinterhofdreher ist schon an der Arbeit ) oder _ der Kombination der Leica Adapter R ->M + M->T aushelfen. Letze Kombination reicht laut Aussage von Jono den Barcode "R-Objektiv" an die SL weiter und das Auswahlmenue für die R-Objketive öffnet sich. Meine Frage ist bei dem angekündigtem Leica R-> T "Direkt Adapter" angedacht die Objektivinfos der R-Objektive mit ROM (Objektivdaten, Entfernung) weiterzureichen ?
  22. Does anyone know if I can connect Leica M lens to Canon 5D body? if so, could anyone recommend the right adapter for Leica Summicron-M 1:2/50 e39 lens and Cannon 5D body? Many thanks, really appreciate it. Sia.
  23. Hallo Forum Ich bin schwer am Überlegen, ob ich mir die Leica T zulegen soll. Aktuell nutze ich eine Canon 6D (Vollformat), bevorzugt mit Zeiss-Objektiven (manueller Fokus, Fokus wird aber im Sucher elektronisch signalisiert, heisst wohl Fokus-Peaking?). Ich las nun, dass Novoflex einen Canon-EF auf Leica T Adapter in der Pipeline haben soll? Erscheinungstermin? Alternativ müsste ich aktuell wohl zwei Adapter hintereinander (T auf R? und dann auf EF) benutzen. Meine Frage(n) zur T sind neben dem Adapter eigentlich folgende: Ist es richtig, dass es kein FokusPeaking gibt und ich somit immer nur mit dem Auge richtig fokussieren muss? Das ist als Brillenträger in der Dämmerung sicher manchmal schweirig Inwieweit bringt der aufstekbare Sucher etwas (GPS benutze ich in der Kamera eher nicht). Ist ein reiner DNG-Modus möglich? Ich fotografiere mit der 6D ausschließlich in RAW (heisst dort dann .cr2) Wenn DNG und JPG zusammen eingestellt sind, kann man die Formate jeweils auf den beiden Speichern (intern und SD) getrennt ablegen? Wenn ich nur in JPG aufnehme (Schwarz-Weiß), ist die Bildqualität bis A3 oder gar A2verwendbar? Also wirklich druckbar ohne sich schämen zu müssen was die technische Qualität angeht? Ich denke als Konkurrenzkamera aktuell an die Sony A7II. Vollformat und mit Adapter mit den sehr guten Zeiss Linsen verwendbar. Ich will weg von den DSLR-Bodys Ach ja, ich bin im Bereich Landschaft, Portrait, Available Light mit eher "künstlerischen" Ambitionen wie Verwischen, Bokeh Spiele, Doppelbelichtungen und vorwiegend in Schwarz-Weiß unterwegs. Allerdings leiste ich mir die M Monochrom erst zur Rente :-D Freuen würde ich mich über Antworten von Besitzern der T oder sogar Sony und T (solls ja geben) bzw. Bildermachern die ähnliche Ambitionen wie ich haben. DANKE! Ich hatte beide Kameras jeweils einige Minuten im Fotogeschäft Sonnenstr. München in der Hand. Beide liegen gut in der Hand, wobei die T schon schwerer und größer ist. Nächste Woche versuche ich mal mit einem eigenen Objektiv vor Ort mit beiden Kams Fotos zu schießen.
  24. Hallo! Vorweg: Ich mache immer noch gerne Dias mit meinen R-Kameras. Nachdem ich eine Zeit lang versucht habe, meine Objektive an der Canon zu verwenden, aber damit absolut nicht zufrieden war, bin ich nun zu Olympus gekommen. Und hier klappt es wunderbar. Der einzige Nachteil ist der 2fache Crop, was die Verwendung der Ww-Objektive sinnlos macht. Aber die Belichtung stimmt immer, der Stabi ist perfekt und der E-Sucher ist einfach klasse. Allerdings musste ich leider feststellen, dass meine R-Objektive im Vergleich mit den O-Objektiven nicht wirklich besser sind. Das 60mm-Makro von Olympus ist eindeutig besser als das 60er Leica. Sogar das 100er Makro ist nur minimal besser. Auch das 3,4/180 (bei Olympus dann 360mm) , dass ja unbestritten super ist, kann mit dem neuen 2,8/40-150 von Olympus nicht mithalten. Traurig aber wahr.
  25. to whom it may concern: photokina 2014: Novoflex-Neuheiten-Offensive | photoscala _needs new Leica firmware (Sept 2014) _delivery from Oct 2014 _prices starting 69 to 169€ _ Adapters for Nikon Canon , Sony and Pentax can trigger the f-stops
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