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Old 01-03-2009   #1
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Let's see your weird camera/lens combination

I just put this photo on the "Let's see your M" thread, but the real reason I like it is that it shows an M with a lens that doesn't belong on it: a Schneider Xenon 40/1.9 for Robot, attached with two adapters. It scale focuses to infinity perfectly...and looks cool on the M2.

What's your favorite weird combination--let's have a look.

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Old 01-03-2009   #2
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Old 01-03-2009   #3
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Still my weirdest, with proper infinity focus



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Old 01-03-2009   #4
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Robert, you got to say a few words about that one, please ...
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Old 01-03-2009   #5
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now that's an adapter i'd like to see!
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Old 01-03-2009   #6
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No photos at the moment, I just got back into Michigan a few hours ago, and I'm tired.

1) Kodak Aero Ektar 177mm f/2.5 WWII-era bomber lens mounted on M42 focusing adapter.
2) Bausch & Lomb 150mm f/2.7 Baltar, cine lens originally for Mitchell mount, someone adapted it to M42 before I got it.

I also like to stick copy machine and old magic lantern and petzval lenses onto various cameras to see what they'll do.
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Old 01-03-2009   #7
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Yeah, c'mon Robert, how in the hell did you do that? And how does it, you know, focus?!?
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Old 01-03-2009   #8
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i was talking about the planar.
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Old 01-03-2009   #9
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I shown this before, but it is fun. Leica IIIf adapters and a M42 Super Takumar 28mm f3.5 lens. But what is really fun is my 16mm Zenitar mounted the same way.

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I meant the Sonnar...if I'm not mistaken, that's a Contax G lens (I have one), which has no focus ring, and which you have mounted to a non-autofocus camera, right? How's it work? [edit...just saw your link...didn't realize it wasn't your camera. That's an insane conversion there, wow...]

The Xenon is terrific. I also have the 38/2.8 Xenar, which is not as good, and which I generally keep on my Robot Star. Here are a couple of Xenon shots, on the R-D1...



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Old 01-03-2009   #11
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So you think yours doesn't belong here? Lightweight.


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Old 01-03-2009   #12
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Hi,

M(2 now 4) with a C/Y Zeiss 80-200/4 Vario-Sonnar

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No pix handy but I have a 400mm f/6.3 Sterling Howard Tele-Astranar converted from T-mount to Leica M for use on my Visoflex II. Shot 2 record cover albums with it back around 1970 and I still have it.

I used to have, and I have no idea what happened to it, maybe it's still here someplace, a 100mm f/2 Angenieux that I got in barrel mount, adapted it to the focussing helical of an ancient "unknown model" Leitz enlarger, and then to the rear part of a Pentacon-Six extension tube. Hack saws and Epoxy! Gotta love 'em! The lens was designed to cover the 18x24mm movie format. It was never intended to cover the 6x6 cm format. Wide open it's kinda "dreamy" looking, but it sharpens up across the entire field by f/11, but then why use it? Clients don't much care if your lens looks like it was cobbled together by a drunken blacksmith. They just care about results.
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Old 01-03-2009   #14
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I don't know that I would exactly call this weird given that there is an adapter made specifically for it. Its a Canon SLR FL mount 35mm f2.5 mounted on a Novaflex Canon to Leica SM adapter. Its about the best I can do in terms of relative weirdness (unless I use an M42 to LTM adapter that I also have to try the same with SMC Takumar lenses.) But it looks cool I think and works well on this Canon IVSB.

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Rollei Planar 80mm f/2.8 HFT LTM with LTM to F focusing helicoid on Novoflex F to EF adaptor on Canon EOS-1Ds Mk2. It focus to infinity.

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I also have a baby Speed Graphic. The original idea was to saw off everything in front of the shutter mehanism, and fit a board there with a flange for Pentax lenses. Then a full frame fisheye could be used on 120 film and give a circular image. A friend mine made one like that. I've got stuff here that I didn't know I had and can't find things I know I had. Last week I remembered the goat skull and thought it would make a cool prop. I looked high and low - no goat skull. My son called and I asked him. "Oh, Mom has the goat skull!" The lawyer handling the divorce settlement must have thought we were both nuts. Then I remembered that I had gotten the box turtle shell, but I have no idea where that is! The divorce was nearly thirty years ago.

All that searching did turn up another Leitz LTM to M adapter though. I don't need a wife. I need a curator.
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Quote:
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I don't need a wife. I need a curator.
:LOL:

I think Ivana got The Donald's goat skull too, so you're in good company.
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Benny I really like the shots on your Flickr with that lens.
Thanks! I do like that lens too, but few seems to appreciate it. Probably due to the odd frameline as well.

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Old 01-04-2009   #19
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Zen-shooter, that is quite a collection. I love the red MDa with Nikkor.
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Old 01-04-2009   #20
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These are heavy duty adaptations with beautiful cameras and lenses.
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Old 01-04-2009   #21
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Awesome stuff! I love it. Keep 'em coming.
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Old 01-05-2009   #22
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Here's the best I can do, my Bessa L with a cheap Rokinon 28mm in Canon FD mount, using the Canon lens mount converter B. Of course I could stick any FD lens on there to make it weird (like my 100-300!) but the 28 is the only one I'd actually use. I chose the Rokinon in particular because it is the only one I own that will stay stopped down without using an external accessory, and also because the aperture blades are slow to respond, making it pretty much unsuitable for use on my A1.

I think it looks better with the Orion-15 I just got for it

p.s. for those who are wondering, the finder is a T.O.C. universal 28-135
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Old 01-06-2009   #23
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Adapters? We don't need no stinkin' adapters!


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In reverse, the Elmarit 90 (M mount) gives a soft-focus effect:


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Old 01-06-2009   #24
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Rico, that's BRILLIANT! Now is there anybody on the forum that would like to start making an adapter, just a tube really, with male 39mm Leica filter thread at one end and threaded at the other like the back end of that lens head to fit the Visoflex II universal focusing mount? It looks better that a chunk of sponge. Probably more secure too. Of course it would have to be available in a choice of chrome, black, or black paint, but I think you could leave off the vulcanite trim. I want one!
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I use a Canon 7.5mm fisheye lens on Leica M bodies with the Canon B adapter, so it is nothing fancy or special.
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