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Since it seems that Leica is ignoring the telephoto community. How about this new addition to the Leica adapter collection. It seems that in medium format realm 210mm is about as long as you can buy and hand hold, but why not use this adapter to give you access to the world of large format telephoto lenses. Granted not all lenses will work in the digital age, but that does not mean that there are some good ones out there that will work. There is enough literature out there on the lens quality for various lenses to make it easier to find what you like. And face it anything longer than 350mm is going to be on a tripod anyway, what is wrong on looking at 600mm or even 1200mm lenses for the Leica S. I have written to Sinar and they responded that this idea has the ability to work and if you find lenses that work well with this setup that would like to know about the lenses. Of course they would love it if you would use their Special Digital lenses for this setup, but the longest lens they produce is 210mm. They said that if you use anything longer you would have to open the lens and use the focal plane shutter of the camera, but what is wrong with lifting the shutter mirror and open the shutter and using the lens shutter. There are lot of good lenses out there like Wollensak, Bausch and Lomb, Red Dot, Sinar, Zeiss, Nikkor and a lot of other great glass out there. Of course, they might not all be razor sharp for the digital age for every picture, but there is a lot to be said for the esthetics of the older lenses. I also opens the area for barrel lenses. It would also seem a good way to cut cost on telephoto photography also, because we know if Leica would finally makes a telephoto lens it would probably cost a arm and a leg and like I said before you would be using a tripod anyway. What are your thoughts? tllabron.
Recently acquired a Canon 5D(mk 1) and Leica R adapter. Now need lens(es) to include something 300mm +/-. Budget - under $1000. Please - no suggestions of superb $4,000 APO lenses Looking for user experience that compares/contrasts any of the following possibilities: 1. 180 f/2.8 (Series filter version) + 2x R converter (non APO) 2. 180 f/2.8 (E67 filter version) + 2X R converter 3. 180 f/3.4 APO + 2x converter 4. 250mm f/4 (either version) alone 5. 250mm f/4 (either version) + 2x converter 6. 400 f/6.8 alone 7. 180 f/2.8 (either version) + 400 f/6.8 (I see enough 400 Telyts out there for the price of a 2x converter that I'd consider this option, too. Usually missing the grip and shoulder brace - but I don't need those anyway) For reference - I have in the past on film used the 180(E67), both 250s, and the 400 f/6.8. So I have a rough idea how those perform alone (not with 2x converter). I also know the Lens Compendium reviews, but they also do not mention 2x converter effects.