Thinking about a SOOKY-M, Questions
Old 04-01-2014   #1
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Thinking about a SOOKY-M, Questions

Hello all,

I've recently re-stumbled upon the existence of Leica M close-focusing adapters. Having a collapsible Summicron that I like and occasionally wishing that I could focus a bit closer with it, the SOOKY-M caught my mind. I haven't been able to find a lot of information about it though, so I was wondering if someone could help me out:

1. What's the new focusing range (in distance, not magnification) with the adapter, and is it rangefinder coupled?
2. What's it like in use?
3. Pictures using it? (esp. w/ a collapsible Summicron)
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I wish I could help, I've never used on of these but I've seen one in real life.
And as with everything by Leica back then it's beautifully made.
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Really? No one has actually used a SOOKY?

... I was looking forward to the responses.
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I love mine. I first used it in Hawaii because I didn't want to lug around an extra SLR system just for a few floral close-ups. Then I started experimenting with it as a portrait setup. You need to be careful with the angle you shoot at, but it is fun to get that close to your subject.

I use it with a Rigid Summicron and the UOORF adapter. But I've also used it with a collapsible elmar. I am sure it would be great with a collapsible cron...

Of course, it's more or less the same thing as owning a Summicron DR, so you might also consider getting one of those. But the Somky will let you get close with 3 different 50mm lenses.

BTW: the sprocket holes in the second image were a strange (but happy) accident of processing and had nothing to do with the close up adapter :-)
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Here are a few more with the SOMKY + UOORF + Rigid Summicron
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Old 04-02-2014   #6
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To answer your first question, it allows you to focus as close as 19 inches. Rangefinder-coupled the entire range.

And it is only slightly less convenient to use than the DR eyes.
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Thanks mudhaus. What's the furthest distance it can focus with the SOMKY? I imagine that it isn't infinity.
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Thanks mudhaus. What's the furthest distance it can focus with the SOMKY? I imagine that it isn't infinity.
Wouldn't that be nice?

Looks like it's around 33 inches, which is the close focus of the lens without the adapter. As I said, if you use it for portraits, it's a very intimate lens. Kind of freaks out your subjects a bit, but in a good way.
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Here are a few more with the SOMKY + UOORF + Rigid Summicron
great work! I am the happy owner of a 2.8 Elmar now and would love to get one of these...
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