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Adapter Leica M/M39 Lens on Nikon RF Body
Old 06-10-2018   #1
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Adapter Leica M/M39 Lens on Nikon RF Body

Hi there, aroud the world!


Is there anybody who will make/sell an adapter to mount a Leica M or M39 lens on a Nikon rangefinder?


Reason: I want to mount the Voightländer 10 mm (available with Leica M / M39 mount) on a Nikon RF-body, but cant find a adapter for it.
And no I dont want to buy an extra Leica body just for this one lens.


Best thanks in anticipation: Alpsman
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Old 06-10-2018   #2
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Hi there, aroud the world!


Is there anybody who will make/sell an adapter to mount a Leica M or M39 lens on a Nikon rangefinder?


Reason: I want to mount the Voightländer 10 mm (available with Leica M / M39 mount) on a Nikon RF-body, but cant find a adapter for it.
And no I dont want to buy an extra Leica body just for this one lens.


Best thanks in anticipation: Alpsman

It's not possible preserving infinity focus. You know that Nikon/Contax lensescan be adapted to LTM/M, right? That means the other way around can't work.
LTM bodies are fairly cheap.
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Old 06-10-2018   #3
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It's not possible preserving infinity focus. You know that Nikon/Contax lensescan be adapted to LTM/M, right? That means the other way around can't work.
LTM bodies are fairly cheap.

He - many thanks for your quick answer!!



What a pity that it's not possible.



And its not the price of a Leica body that matters.
I just like the handling of a Nikon RF more than the handling of a Leica. Thats why I use a Nikon RF and not a Leica RF.
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Old 06-10-2018   #4
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I think Voigtlander made the 12mm in Nikon SLR mount, it may be possible to adapt that lens to Nikon S mount without RF focusing. (Not really needed for a lens that wide).

Someone else here may know for sure?
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Whatever solution you find is probably going to cost far more in time and money, than the £100 or so it'll take to buy a used Bessa L. Alpsman, I dare say you could sacrifice a Nikon RF body and a fair wedge of cash to get a Leica mount fitted, but is it really worth it to end up with a substandard Leica MD that still has the shutter release in the wrong place?
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I think Voigtlander made the 12mm in Nikon SLR mount, it may be possible to adapt that lens to Nikon S mount without RF focusing. (Not really needed for a lens that wide).

Someone else here may know for sure?

Ya're right & I already use exactly this combination.
The F/S-Adapter is also from Voightländer.
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Whatever solution you find is probably going to cost far more in time and money, than the £100 or so it'll take to buy a used Bessa L. Alpsman, I dare say you could sacrifice a Nikon RF body and a fair wedge of cash to get a Leica mount fitted, but is it really worth it to end up with a substandard Leica MD that still has the shutter release in the wrong place?

Well I dont want "another" body, no matter what brand and how cheap it is.
And I surely dont fit a Leica mount on a Nikon body.
Ah - life is so difficult.
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Well, you've just made it simpler since your only option is to do without.
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Well, you've just made it simpler since your only option is to do without.

I think a Bessa L would be the best solution.
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I think a Bessa L would be the best solution.

Or a Canon P or similar if you want something a little closer to the Nikon in size and feel.
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...you could sacrifice a Nikon RF body and a fair wedge of cash to get a Leica mount fitted, but is it really worth it to end up with a substandard Leica MD that still has the shutter release in the wrong place?
Am I missing something? Which Nikon RFs have the release button in some other (different?) place?
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Am I missing something? Which Nikon RFs have the release button in some other (different?) place?

Some people complain about the positioning of the release button on the Nikon RFs and the F, and Nikon apparently changed their minds about it with the F2 and put it further forward.
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Wasn't the position of the shutter release button on the Nikon RF's placed so that the second finger could turn the focus wheel while the first finger fired the shutter?
The position (like many other features) were then just rolled over onto the F
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Some people complain about the positioning of the release button on the Nikon RFs and the F, and Nikon apparently changed their minds about it with the F2 and put it further forward.
Wow, now that I compare them on the shelf, I see the difference. Can't say I'd ever noticed while shooting with them though.
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Wasn't the position of the shutter release button on the Nikon RF's placed so that the second finger could turn the focus wheel while the first finger fired the shutter?
The position (like many other features) were then just rolled over onto the F
Made sense on the RF's, not on the F, and absolutely none on what would be a scale-focus body - hence my comment. I had to use an AR-1 to make my Nikon F comfortable to shoot; the F2 is a much more pleasant beast.
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I think a Bessa L would be the best solution.
Look for a Bessa T - they're similarly light and compact, not usually much more expensive than the L, M-mount (so much more flexible in terms of supported lenses), and they offer a rangefinder in case you decide to try longer lenses.
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Or a Canon P or similar if you want something a little closer to the Nikon in size and feel.
Interesting option!! thanx!

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Wasn't the position of the shutter release button on the Nikon RF's placed so that the second finger could turn the focus wheel while the first finger fired the shutter?. . . F
. . . and the thumb cocks the shutter.

Yes, you can operate a S2/SP with the right hand alone while the left hand holds the drink.
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Look for a Bessa T - they're similarly light and compact, not usually much more expensive than the L, M-mount (so much more flexible in terms of supported lenses), and they offer a rangefinder in case you decide to try longer lenses.
thank you.
I just flipped through some pages - these bodys arent that expensive anymore.
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Wasn't the position of the shutter release button on the Nikon RF's placed so that the second finger could turn the focus wheel while the first finger fired the shutter?
The first tme I used my S2 in anger was on a 2 month O/S trip in 2003. I reckon that for the "R/F" Nikon was absolutely correct; but for the "F" the shutter release position simply felt wrong.
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Reason: I want to mount the Voightländer 10 mm (available with Leica M / M39 mount)
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I think a Bessa L would be the best solution.
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Or a Canon P or similar if you want something a little closer to the Nikon in size and feel.

The lens is M-mount right? A Bessa L or Canon P ain't gonna work.
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For M/LTM mount...

Non RF Leica: MD, MDa, MD-2 = not Leica RF feel, but light/cheap.
I use with pleasure MDa with my wides.
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The lens is M-mount right? A Bessa L or Canon P ain't gonna work.
The lenses are available with M 39 thread, Leica M ans Sony E mount.
On the 2nd-handmarket ya 'll find mostly M39 and Leica M mount.


Absolutely incomprehensible to me why they dont build one with Nikon S mount like a lot of other Voightländer lenses.
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The lenses are available with M 39 thread, Leica M ans Sony E mount.
On the 2nd-handmarket ya 'll find mostly M39 and Leica M mount.


Absolutely incomprehensible to me why they dont build one with Nikon S mount like a lot of other Voightländer lenses.
The 10mm Voigtlander is made in Leica M and Sony E, never in M39.
Neither are adaptable to Nikon rangefinders -- the lens back focus will not allow it.

Voigtlander discontinued their Nikon S mount lenses due to low sales. There will not be more.

Your best solution is Leica M or Sony FE body with the appropriate mount Voigtlander 10mn lens.
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Probably because they would only sell 2. One to you and one to me .

I also have the 12mm + F-S adapter.
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The 10mm Voigtlander is made in Leica M and Sony E, never in M39.
Neither are adaptable to Nikon rangefinders -- the lens back focus will not allow it.

Voigtlander discontinued their Nikon S mount lenses due to low sales. There will not be more.

Your best solution is Leica M or Sony FE body with the appropriate mount Voigtlander 10mn lens.

Thanks for leading me the right way.
I thought I've seen one with M39 - well I was wrong.


So it will have to be a cheap Leica.
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Probably because they would only sell 2. One to you and one to me .

I also have the 12mm + F-S adapter.

We both are enought reason for producing two


The 12mm is a really nice lens.
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Indeed, especially for architecture! One day I'll try out the 10mm...on my M6.

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The lenses are available with M 39 thread, Leica M ans Sony E mount.
On the 2nd-handmarket ya 'll find mostly M39 and Leica M mount.
Voigtlander stopped making LTM (or L39, not M39) lenses a loooong time ago (2004-5?) whereas the 10mm is a very recent lens (released in 2016). No idea what you were smoking when you thought you saw an LTM version of the 10mm for sale on the used market, but I want some
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Voigtlander stopped making LTM (or L39, not M39) lenses a loooong time ago (2004-5?) whereas the 10mm is a very recent lens (released in 2016). No idea what you were smoking when you thought you saw an LTM version of the 10mm for sale on the used market, but I want some

Ah - 2004 is only fourteen short years ago.
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I got confused from to many different mounts on to many different lenses for to many different bodys.
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