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    Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    These are the lenses I'd like to try on my G1 (arriving here soon).

    Looks like the Novoflex adapters will work.....any thoughts, experiences or recommendations re these or other adapters?

    TIA,

    Gary

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    I have the Voigtlander Nikon to m4/3 adapter and it works perfectly, no issues with any of my lenses yet and the build quality is excellent. This is my only such adapter so I can't offer any comparisons.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by ddk View Post
    I have the Voigtlander Nikon to m4/3 adapter and it works perfectly, no issues with any of my lenses yet and the build quality is excellent...
    +1

    I also have the Voigtlander Leica M to m4/3 adapter and it matches the Nikon adapter in build quality and performance.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    I use Nikon mount lenses on the G1 with a two-adapter setup:

    Panasonic DMW-MA1 ... FourThirds to micro-FourThirds adapter (full function)
    Fotodiox.com Nikon F to FourThirds mount adapter

    That's a total of $160 + $30, however with the DMW-MA1 I can use all Olympus and Panasonic FourThirds SLR lenses as well as obtain inexpensive adapters for third party to FT SLR ... I have and use Pentax K and thread, Nikon and Konica AR (with modification to the original mount) lenses on the G1. Mount adapters for Leica R, Olympus OM, Contax/Yashica and others are easily available at reasonable prices. If you have no interest in FourThirds SLR lenses, you can reduce costs by buying a 'dumb' FourThirds to Micro-FourThirds adapter at half the price. Seller 'jinfinance' on Ebay offers them at $80.

    For Leica M, Leica Thread, Olympus Pen, Canon FD, Minolta MC/MD and Konica AR mounts, you need dedicated adapters.

    The Panasonic Leica R mount adapter is excellent, but there may be others available of similar quality at lower price if you do the two-adapter setup.

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    Re: Two adapter solution from Jinfinance

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I use Nikon mount lenses on the G1 with a two-adapter setup: ../.. Seller 'jinfinance' on Ebay offers them at $80.
    I have the "jinfinance" aka "Rong Jin" Nikon lens combo and it works fine. The added advantage is that for little more you can fit another adapter to fit a let's say Pentax lens this time and the Four-Thirds to Micro Four-Thirds part you already have.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Thanks for all the great info folks! I'm going to order one of the Panasonic Leica R mount adapters (which should be available soon). Still trying to decide on which adapter for the Nikon lenses. Doesn't sound like anyone is using the Novoflex adapters. I generally like their stuff.

    Gary

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    I have the jinfinance Nikon adapter and the Panasonic R adapter. I've seen some Novoflex and Voigtlander adapters, and they fall in between in quality. The Panasonic ones seem the best to me, and I also use their M to m43 adapter.

    Getting the Panasonic R adapter and the Novoflex or Voigtlander Nikon adapter seems the best route, but you can quickly spend a lot on adapters.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by henningw View Post
    Getting the Panasonic R adapter and the Novoflex or Voigtlander Nikon adapter seems the best route, but you can quickly spend a lot on adapters.
    Expensive adapters, that's true....but it's still cheap compared to how much I've spent on the Leica R glass in the last 6 months....and now I'll get more use out of them! Nice to use all that legacy Nikkor glass too. A couple of adapters will be money well spent I think.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    Expensive adapters, that's true....but it's still cheap compared to how much I've spent on the Leica R glass in the last 6 months....and now I'll get more use out of them! Nice to use all that legacy Nikkor glass too. A couple of adapters will be money well spent I think.
    Well, I've certainly spent a lot on adapters, having upwards of 75 right now. Over the last 40 years I've changed systems and bought and sold a lot of items, but I've never sold an adapter.

    I don't have much in the way of R lenses, having never gotten into that system, but I got an R mount tube with one of the teles, so now I can use the 400/6.8 and 560/6.8 on the G1. The 560 is a bit of a bear, but the 400 is pretty sweet. If I can I use a monopod, but I've used it handheld as well.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Received the Voigtlander micro 4/3rds adapter for my Nikon lenses a few days ago. I'm really happy with the quality of the Voigtlander product! My thanks to all who recommended the Voigtlander adapters.

    I tried a few shots with my Nikkor 50mm f1.4 and 28mm f2.8 AIS lenses and as others have said....manual focusing with the G1/GH1/GF1 is superb! This camera is a joy to use with manual focus lenses.

    I'm looking forward to the day when Panasonic releases their adapter for the Leica R series lenses.....seems like this has been delayed to December now.

    Gary

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    Received the Voigtlander micro 4/3rds adapter for my Nikon lenses a few days ago. I'm really happy with the quality of the Voigtlander product! My thanks to all who recommended the Voigtlander adapters.

    I tried a few shots with my Nikkor 50mm f1.4 and 28mm f2.8 AIS lenses and as others have said....manual focusing with the G1/GH1/GF1 is superb! This camera is a joy to use with manual focus lenses.

    I'm looking forward to the day when Panasonic releases their adapter for the Leica R series lenses.....seems like this has been delayed to December now.

    Gary
    Strange. I got my Panasonic Leica R (and M) adapters at the beginning of August. They are definitely the best quality ones I've seen but others can get the job done.

    I got the jinfinance Nikon adapter, but recently when I looked for another one I saw an adapter with a low price but high shipping. I paid $13.50 for the adapter and $23.50 for the shipping from ebay 'qualitylens' and received it. I like it slightly better than the jinfinance one.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I use Nikon mount lenses on the G1 with a two-adapter setup:

    Panasonic DMW-MA1 ... FourThirds to micro-FourThirds adapter (full function)
    Fotodiox.com Nikon F to FourThirds mount adapter
    I use exactly the same combo as Godfrey and can vouch for its functionality, as seen below with my (NLA and apparently quite rare) F-mount CV12mm lens.


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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by henningw View Post
    Strange. I got my Panasonic Leica R (and M) adapters at the beginning of August. They are definitely the best quality ones I've seen but others can get the job done.
    Where did you purchase the Panasonic Leica R micro 4/3rds adapter from? B&W Photo says it won't be available until December now (they had November listed until last week) and Amazon still lists it as available for "pre-Order".

    Perhaps a first batch sold out quickly.....which wouldn't surprise me!

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    Where did you purchase the Panasonic Leica R micro 4/3rds adapter from? B&W Photo says it won't be available until December now (they had November listed until last week) and Amazon still lists it as available for "pre-Order".

    Perhaps a first batch sold out quickly.....which wouldn't surprise me!
    Through a friend in Hong Kong. He does have excellent connections, but I would think there would have been a few more available.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Finally.....Amazon has the Panasonic Leica R to Micro 4/3rds adapter available to order (no longer "pre-order").

    Placed my order today. They say 1-2 months for delivery. They said the same for the Panasonic 20mm f1.7 lens I ordered....which arrived in less than 10 days. Maybe I'll get the Leica R adapter in time for the New Year's Eve celebrations?

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    G1 + Leica R Elmarit 19mm (Leitax Nikon F Mount) via Nikon m4/3 Adapter.


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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by Leica 77 View Post
    G1 + Leica R Elmarit 19mm (Leitax Nikon F Mount) via Nikon m4/3 Adapter.

    http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4040/...b6e2bc05_o.jpg
    I like that photo a lot, Leica77! :-)

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I like that photo a lot, Leica77! :-)
    Hi Godfrey,
    Many thanks for your kind comments. Happy Holidays! Leica 77.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    G1 + Leica R Elmarit 19mm.


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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    G1 + Leica R Elmarit 19mm.


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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Great images Leica77! That 19mm Elmarit is working beautifully on the G1. I can't wait for this adapter to arrive....although the widest lens I own is the 28mm Elmarit.

    Gary

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    Hi

    Quote Originally Posted by Leica 77 View Post
    G1 + Leica R Elmarit 19mm.
    the flowers image made me think Japan (price tags) and the last shot looks like Shinjuku ... location suggests USA ... are you over in my favorite location? (while I'm stuck here in Finland?)

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    Great images Leica77! That 19mm Elmarit is working beautifully on the G1. I can't wait for this adapter to arrive....although the widest lens I own is the 28mm Elmarit.

    Gary
    Hi Gary,
    Season's Greetings! Many thanks for your kind comments. I also own and use a Leica Elmarit 28mm lens. It produces fantastic colors and sharpness on the G1. Best regards, Leica 77.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    Quote Originally Posted by pellicle View Post
    Hi



    the flowers image made me think Japan (price tags) and the last shot looks like Shinjuku ... location suggests USA ... are you over in my favorite location? (while I'm stuck here in Finland?)
    Hi Pellicle,
    Season's Greetings! It is very nice to hear from you. I am enjoying my winter vacation for two weeks in Japan this year. Yes, the flowers were photographed in Jiyugaoka yesterday and the last shot was made in Shinjuku today. I will post more images later. Kind regards, Leica 77.

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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    G1 + Leica R Elmarit 19mm. Shinjuku, Tokyo.


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    Re: Leica R and Nikkor AIS lenses on G1

    G1 + Leica R Elmarit 19mm. Kawasaki, Japan.


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