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    Hi,

    I wonder if any photographers here have managed to mount any Leica lens onto Nikon bodies ?
    I found the following information at Leica lens for Nikon cameras
    Hence I wonder if anyone here have existing experiences with this and any recommendation for
    which lens against which body ?

    Thanks
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    I known someone mounting a elmarit 28mm on a d700. Result looks good. And yes, the mount has been converted to f mount.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daredevil123 View Post
    I known someone mounting a elmarit 28mm on a d700. Result looks good. And yes, the mount has been converted to f mount.
    Is modding of equipments common here ? I have also enquired about anyone shaving there 10.5mm FE (originally for DX) to be mounted on a FX, but seems like not much response huh
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    Default Re: Using Leica lens on Nikon bodies

    There's a lot of Leica to Nikon users here in CS.
    Here's a sample. ( not mine, I converted this for someone).




    The conversion is quite simple although sometimes some minor adjustment (reversible) is needed to correct focus to infinity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatigue
    There's a lot of Leica to Nikon users here in CS.
    Here's a sample. ( not mine, I converted this for someone).

    The conversion is quite simple although sometimes some minor adjustment (reversible) is needed to correct focus to infinity.
    Ah. That is nice to know. I am interested to see if possible to mount a good leica wide angle lens on my Nikon body for landscape purpose. The 90mm f2 sure looks awesome mounted on the body, though not likely fit my needs.

    I am not a leica fan, but is indeed impress with some good reviews on their lens. Any leica owners here can educate about which wide angle leica lens is sweet and sharp for landscape usage?
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok

    Ah. That is nice to know. I am interested to see if possible to mount a good leica wide angle lens on my Nikon body for landscape purpose. The 90mm f2 sure looks awesome mounted on the body, though not likely fit my needs.

    I am not a leica fan, but is indeed impress with some good reviews on their lens. Any leica owners here can educate about which wide angle leica lens is sweet and sharp for landscape usage?
    I'm interested to know too.
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    I have found the following.

    1) Leica Elmarit-R Elmarit R 19mm f/2.8 (Version I & II)
    Version II will need shaving off the back to clear the mirrors. Do Fatigue have any experience with such operation ?

    2) LEICA 21mm f/2.8 ASPH
    Not sure if will work on Nikon bodies or not though.
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    R Lenses x Focal Length - Leica Wiki (English)

    hi, 21mm elmarit asph is an M mount lens.

    the list u want to look for is that.. although i believe some lenses after conversion would hit sensor (iirc, 35 summilux R, f1.4)
    so must check online though..

    i believe most popular R lenses that people really use on slrs are the 100mm f2.8 macro R which i heard is one of the best macro lenses you can buy (i recently saw someone selling dunno like 3.5k or 6k for this... though..)


    but yes.. leica.. got magic feel.... hehe
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    Quote Originally Posted by David Kwok

    Ah. That is nice to know. I am interested to see if possible to mount a good leica wide angle lens on my Nikon body for landscape purpose. The 90mm f2 sure looks awesome mounted on the body, though not likely fit my needs.

    I am not a leica fan, but is indeed impress with some good reviews on their lens. Any leica owners here can educate about which wide angle leica lens is sweet and sharp for landscape usage?
    Elmarit-R 28 with the built-in hood is excellent. Summicron-R 35 is also good. I used to own these 2.

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    Default Re: Using Leica lens on Nikon bodies

    Yes the Leica Elmarit-R Elmarit R 19mm f/2.8 will hit the mirror.
    The amount of shaving is too much so the owner decided not to proceed

    By the way, you can also look for Pixco brand for conversion which is available locally
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    Default Re: Using Leica lens on Nikon bodies

    Quote Originally Posted by fatigue View Post
    Yes the Leica Elmarit-R Elmarit R 19mm f/2.8 will hit the mirror.
    The amount of shaving is too much so the owner decided not to proceed

    By the way, you can also look for Pixco brand for conversion which is available locally
    And to add on, TS, when converting, becareful of that small ball bearing. Don't drop or lose it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatigue View Post
    Yes the Leica Elmarit-R Elmarit R 19mm f/2.8 will hit the mirror.
    The amount of shaving is too much so the owner decided not to proceed

    By the way, you can also look for Pixco brand for conversion which is available locally
    The other solution is to mill the rear lens shroud. This will eliminate the mirror interference. See this website, Leica lens for Nikon cameras
    You need to be very careful so as not to damage the lens. This might also reduce the value should you decide to sell it. I opted for a different approach. I am using the Sony A859/900 as it will not cause mirror interference with this lens or others such as the 28mm 2nd V,the 35mm f1.4 or the 28-90mm zoom.

    This is my most used wide angle lens for my landscape.. It is not perfect as wide open, there is vignetting and softening at the corners. But by f5.6, this is reduced to a small amount at the extreme corners. But since I usually shoot at f8.0 or f11.0, this is not a issue. Here are a few examples from my recent trip to the North Island, New Zealand,

    Zenfolio | N.S. Ng | North Island, New Zealand 2011 | Photo 1
    Zenfolio | N.S. Ng | North Island, New Zealand 2011 | Photo 3
    Zenfolio | N.S. Ng | North Island, New Zealand 2011 | Photo 9
    Zenfolio | N.S. Ng | North Island, New Zealand 2011 | Photo 16

    and a few from my Namibian trip,

    Zenfolio | N.S. Ng | Namibia | Photo 28
    Zenfolio | N.S. Ng | Namibia | Swakopmund Jetty at Twilight
    Zenfolio | N.S. Ng | Namibia | Namib Landscape near Bethesda Lodge

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