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45mm lens with CLE 40mm framelines?
Old 11-11-2019   #3
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45mm lens with CLE 40mm framelines?

Originally Posted by Doug View Post
According to Contax literature specs, their 45mm Planar is actually 47mm focal length.

The Minolta CLE is a favorite of mine, and I have two. I have not made a formal comparison of the framing accuracy, but of course it changes with focus distance since the framelines are fixed in size. At the "usual" distances, say 2 yards to 10 yards, my sense is that the frames are usefully close to accurate with the 40mm Rokkor.

I also have used the Voigtlander 1.4/40mm Nokton on the CLE and note that the framelines are a bit generous for it. Seems the Nokton has a slightly longer focal length / smaller field of view than the Rokkor. I have tended to use the inside edges of the frames with that lens. Similarly, I've also used the Pentax 1.9/43mm SMCP on the camera with similar conservative use of framelines.

I would expect the Planar's 47mm focal length to have a field coverage well within the CLE framelines maybe even at infinity. I have that lens too, and it's a gem. But the Rokkor is also a gem - so is the Pentax Special - and IMO either is a more attractive and convenient option than converting the Planar.
Thanks so much for the detailed help! Yeah, I knew the 45mm is more like a 47, so I figured it would probably be too tight for the CLE framelines but seeing as the 50mm lines seem so tight on my M2 I thought I would ask. I own the M-Rokkor 40mm too and would definitely use that if I pick up a CLE, but I am adapting the 45mm because it performs much better on my Sony digital cameras than the M-Rokkor, which suffers from quite a bit of extra astigmatism and field curvature on the digital sensor. Never really heard much about the Pentax 43mm. I will have to look into that. Thanks again.
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