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Old 05-14-2015   #1
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Uncommon & Unconventional Lenses on the M9 & M 240?

Hi everyone, I just thought I'd start a thread regarding the use of uncommon lenses on digital Leica bodies.

What exactly do I mean by "uncommon" or "unconventional"?

1. Contax lenses with Amadeo adapter
2. classic LTM lenses with M-adapter
3. FSU lenses with necessary adapter
4. Uncommon Leica glass, limited edition lenses, etc.
5. Leica R lenses on the digital M bodies
6. Pinhole or other contraptions

Please feel free to interpret this list with a large dollop of artistic license. My only goal is to get people to share a photo or two that they enjoyed creating while using a unique lens set-up. We can also discuss the pros/cons of using different glass on digital bodies.

Colour or B&W is fine, no content restrictions (apart from nudity) and the image must have been created using an M9 / Monochrom / M-E / M 240.

If possible please include a short description of the lens+camera combo used in the photo.

Kind regards and happy shooting!
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I thought I'd get the ball rolling here -- this is an image I took last month with my Leica M 240.

I recently purchased a Contax-to-M "Amadeo" adapter and have enjoyed trying out different Contax-mount lenses on my M 240. This particular image was shot into the evening sun, using a Helios-103 53mm F1.8 that I borrowed from an old Kiev 4 that I have sitting around.

I have to say that the Helios-103 is no slouch. Sure, it ain't no Summilux ASPH, but it has a pleasant softness to it.

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Of course, some Leicaphiles may object to the idea of putting FSU lenses on a Leica body. Somewhat akin to draping Giselle Bundchen in a polyester leisure suit...
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I have tried a 3.5 Red Scale Elmar and thinking about a Summitar.

I think I will continue to use my R lenses on D800E Nikon. 100 2.8 is wonderful.
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I have tested Elmarit-R 19/2.8, Elmar-R 180/4, Summicron-R 90/2, Micro-Nikkor 55/3.5, Micro-Nikkor 105/2.8 AI-S, Nikkor 18/3.5 AI-S, Skink Pinhole M, Hektor-M 135/4.5 (1960 version), and am awaiting a Holga toy lens (25mm) in Nikon F mount that I can use on the M-P (and MM246 when it arrives).

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My 11 o'clock 50 Elmar needs to be moved off infinity before mounting or the locked lens fouls the lens lock button.
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Tried pinhole "lens" cap on my M9 previously


182/365 - Pin Hole Body Cover by Ricky Lai, on Flickr

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Another shot to keep this thread alive!

Took this one a few days ago near my house. Late afternoon sun. This time, it's the venerable Jupiter-8, Contax mount, on my M 240.

Flare was deliberate, I wanted to see how well the J-8 reacted to oblique sun.

Typical for the J-8 series, the image is a little soft, so I applied a bit more contrast to the image in Adobe.

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Old 05-16-2015   #9
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No platform can shoot more interesting, unique glass than M. Shoot it well, I mean. The Sonys will mount anything of course.


DSC08945 by unoh7, on Flickr


DSC02414 by unoh7, on Flickr


1951 50/1.5 by unoh7, on Flickr


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M9-P + MS Optical Sonnetar 50/1.1 @1.1 with ND filter showing the lens glow and bokeh.

Taken a couple of hours ago this morning in Petaluma:



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Now THAT'S what I'm talking about! Great posts everyone. Nice to see some adventurous Leica owners out there. I'm currently waiting for a Jupiter-3 50/1.5 to arrive from eBay, I'm going to try that out with my Amadeo adapter when it arrives.
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A couple more shots taken with the Helios-103 53mm F1.8 and the Leica M 240.

No adjustments made besides cropping in Adobe.

You can see the swirly painterly-style bokeh in the wide-open shot of the tree leaves. The Helios-103 is a pretty good performer.

Photo #1: Spring Across the River




Photo #2: New Growth

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Leica M-P typ 240 + Hektor 135mm f/4.5
ISO 640 @ f/16 @ 1/250

enjoy!

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M9 with custom adapted Schneider Xenon 50/2.8 LTM.










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Pinholes, fisheyes, FSU, all fine! Here's a couple with the uncommon Voigtlander 50mm f/3.5 collapsible, the 2009 special nickel finish version...

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Nikkor-S 5cm f1.4 and Amedeo adapter

Ellie and Mr. Rabbit
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W-Nikkor.C 3.5cm f2.5 with Amedeo adapter

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A couple more shots taken with the Helios-103 53mm F1.8 and the Leica M 240.

No adjustments made besides cropping in Adobe.

You can see the swirly painterly-style bokeh in the wide-open shot of the tree leaves. The Helios-103 is a pretty good performer.

Photo #1: Spring Across the River


This picture just caused me to buy this lens on ebay. Thanks!
Now if I can just find an Amedeo adapter cheap...
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Nikkor 5005 on 240:





and Nikkor 35/1.8 LTM



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Love this setup, my fav lens from Nikon


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Great to see so many interesting and ingenious lenses here on the M bodies.

Bob338 -- I don't think you'll be sorry about getting the Helios-103. It's a really cool little lens.

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Here's another for general interest -- Carl Zeiss Opton 50mm F1.5 (with Contax-to-M adapter) on Leica M 240. Great lens, beautiful rendering and colour. Shot this around F2.8 I think.

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Nikkor 5cm f/1.5:

Hemingway in Fall by unoh7, on Flickr

Canon 85/1.8:

L1024204 by unoh7, on Flickr


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Canon Superspeed 85 by unoh7, on Flickr

CZJ 1937, 50/1.5:

L1023008-2 by unoh7, on Flickr

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I love the look of that Nikon 5cm F1.5, I suppose focusing with the Nikon mount lenses isn't as problematic as I had once read.
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I have used the following LTM lenses on my MM9: Canon 28/3.5 (rarer black version with alleged improved coatings); 35/1.8 LTM Nikkor; 45/2.8 Super Rokkor (Minolta); 43/1.9 Pentax-L Special (the only Pentax LTM lens ever made, rarer chrome version).

All are single coated glass except for the Pentax-L, but realize that the Thoriated glass in the 35/1.8 Nikkor gives a built in yellow filter offset of about half a stop due to nuclear hardening.

The Pentax-L is a very modern lens with a fast focus of only 90 degrees. I'm thinking this might be an ASPH lens. Mucho sharp.

The Canon 28/3.5 and 45/2.8 Super Rokkor are tiny lenses, low contrast, and with a retro look of soft corners wide open with remarkable center sharpness. The highlights are excentuated, displaying less shadow detail than a modern lens, but the highlights render a very soft textured detail that is wonderful.

My favorite is the 35/1.8 Nikkor in LTM. Perfect contrast on a MM9 that produces broad histograms that look like 120 film tonality. Simply a magic lens. The only thing bad about the 35/1.8 Nikkor is the limit on the close focus.

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I love the look of that Nikon 5cm F1.5, I suppose focusing with the Nikon mount lenses isn't as problematic as I had once read.
I use Amedeo Adapter.

When I first got the M9, my heart would sink if I found a lens not calibrating. But then I learned a bit of practice with the culprit will bring hit rates to near normal. You learn the "english".
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M9 + Carl Zeiss Jena 5cm/1.5 Sonnar (LTM, experimental, c.1933) loaned by dexdog.



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I have used the following LTM lenses on my MM9: Canon 28/3.5 (rarer black version with alleged improved coatings); 35/1.8 LTM Nikkor; 45/2.8 Super Rokkor (Minolta); 43/1.9 Pentax-L Special (the only Pentax LTM lens ever made, rarer chrome version).

All are single coated glass except for the Pentax-L...
Cal, indeed that Pentax-L is a modern uncommon lens, yours even more uncommon. Mine is the black finish one...

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I have the regular black version, too.

On an M9:



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Cal, indeed that Pentax-L is a modern uncommon lens, yours even more uncommon. Mine is the black finish one...
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Glad to see there's some legs to this thread. Very interesting body + lens combinations so far.

That Pentax LTM lens does great on the M9!
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Shot this one today while out running errands.

Lens: Industar 50 LTM, 50mm F3.5, manufactured in Ukraine at the Arsenal Plant. Borrowed it from a "Fed 3" camera I had on the shelf.

It's not a fast lens, and kind of an ugly and squat thing, but it works reasonably well on the digital M.

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Another contribution: Helios-103 53mm F1.8 in Contax / Kiev mount. Amedeo adapter on M 240.

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Here's what it looks like on the body. A strange pairing but the Helios-103 has its own charm.




And here's the Carl Zeiss Opton Sonnar 5cm F1.5




And finally, the very odd (to me) Jupiter-12 35mm F2.8. I haven't used this on the M 240 yet, but I'll probably give it a trial run this week.

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M 240 + Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton (LTM, c.1952-60, same as unoh7's but more commonly-seen version w/black bezel):



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Here's what it looks like on the body. A strange pairing but the Helios-103 has its own charm.




And here's the Carl Zeiss Opton Sonnar 5cm F1.5




And finally, the very odd (to me) Jupiter-12 35mm F2.8. I haven't used this on the M 240 yet, but I'll probably give it a trial run this week.


What a good looking rig. Plenty of style.

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That Pentax LTM lens does great on the M9!
And the Pentax VF'er I found to be a marvel with the built in diopter, 50mm frames, and I can use the entire frame with my 35/1.8 Nikkor in LTM on my IIIG.

Also know that the Pentax-L loves my 0.85 VF'er on my black paint MP. I use a 35mm LTM adapter, the 135mm frames creates the middle rectangle for using "rule of thirds," and the entire VF'er is utilized for framing. It is a match made in heaven. A very fast street shooter due to the aid of bonus magnification and enlarged supersized VF'er with the hyper short focus throw of the Pentax-L.

Also know it was some of the postings from Doug and others that made me seek out this lens.

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Jupiter 9 via Amedeo's adapter:

L1002333 by Aguaitacaminos, on Flickr

Sonnar 135/4.5:

L1002319 by Aguaitacaminos, on Flickr

Nikkor 50/1.4:

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Nikonos 35/2.5 hacked into M mount




Come to think about it, I have never mounted a Leica lens in my M8, LOL!

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Cal -- thanks for the kind words. The Luigi case adds a nice bit of old world colour to the M 240.

Here's another photo with the M 240 and the Industar 50, took at around F8 I think. BTW the original pic actually is much sharper and less mushy on my own screen, the photo-hosting service downgrades the quality of the jpeg considerably.

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I have a Jupiter-9 and a Jupiter-3 ordered from eBay, on their way from Ukraine right now. I'm looking forward to trying out that J-9 lens. BTW is yours the multi-coated version? The one I bought has the red "P" symbol, supposedly the multi-coated one. I'm just wondering how well it withstands flare.
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