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    Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    You'll have to forgive my astonishing lack of Leica lore, but can I adapt a Telyt 200 f4.5 or Telyt 280 f4.8 for use on Micro 4/3 or NEX cameras? I don't know if they are LTM or something different.

    Oh, and do they have a tripod mount built in?

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    Simon, Yes.

    These are R mount lenses and all you need is an m4/3rds to R lens adapter.

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    Vivek,

    Sorry, but are you sure that they are "R" and not "M"? They are in the Leica M section of the retailer and in Stephen Gandy's M section on his site.

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    The 200mm lenses are both ltm Visoflex lenses, as is the first 280. You can adapt them, but the best first step is to get a OUBIO, which changes them to Leica M and provides a tripod mount.

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    Thanks Henning, the picture (KEH) seems to show a tripod mount, but OUBIO is not mentioned in the description (nor is LTM).

    Do you know what these lenses are like IQ wise?

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    Simon, they are quite decent lenses. The 'newer' 200/4, as opposed to the 200/4.5 is better, and in the 280/4.8 lenses the later ones are truly excellent. The later 280/4.8 lenses can be recognized by having an M bayonet at the rear and being equipped with an integral tripod socket. They are fatter toward the rear than the ltm versions, focus closer and have a Series 8 filter arrangement whereas the earlier ones use 58mm filters. They are correspondingly rarer and more expensive.

    If KEH shows a tripod mount on a 200, either f/4.5 or f/4 it means that they are showing it with the OUBIO adapter attached. The OUBIO makes up the difference in flange to film plane distance between the Visoflex I which accepted only ltm lenses and the later Visoflex II, IIa and III which accept M bayonet lenses (or ltm with adapter). Later Visoflex lenses such as the 280 mentioned, the 400 & 560 f/5.6 and f/6.8 lenses and the rare 800/6.3 as well as a ton of macro stuff. Here are some of my macro items:

    http://gallery.leica-users.org/v/hwu..._1438.jpg.html

    Gary Elshaw has put together some info which I never properly assembled. Go to:

    http://elshaw.tripod.com/ and click on 'Visoflex' in the left column.

    I don't have a NEX camera, so don't know what adapters are available there. On the m4/3 cameras I usually use combinations such as: Visoflex III lens (which means M bayonet or 200/4 with OUBIO/16466, Visoflex to Leica R adapter, and Leica R to m4/3. This sounds like, and is a lot but once you have a bunch of adapters lying around, adding one more seems to make sense.

    If you don't have any adapters, you could try stuff like finding a 5cm ltm extension tube (Canon used to make those, as well as others) and then using an ltm to m4/3 adapter. if I recall the thickness of the Viso I was about 62mm, so another ring of about 12mm would be necessary to have the distance scale be correct. If the correct rings could be found this would be the lightest solution.

    Then there are other solutions, like a OUBIO, a Viso M to Nikon adapter and Nikon to m4/3. This would be cheaper to buy than the Leica R route, and most likely lighter as well, since most of the stuff made for the R system is heavy and expensive, including adapters.

    I have all the above possibilites as well as some others including going over the EOS adapters. My favourite and most used is mounting the lens on the Bellows II and mounting that with an M to m4/3 on the cameras. The Bellows II are extremely sturdy and quite easy to use handheld, and this of course allows very close focussing which the Telyts handle very well.

    Henning

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    Thanks for the great info Henning!

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    OK, I decided to actually look it up. Total thickness of the Viso I is 62.5mm, and Viso II and III is 40mm, so the OUBIO is 22.5mm thick. I don't have my books with me, so I used this page to help me recall the dimensions:

    http://www.graphics.cornell.edu/~wes...habetical.html

    Jan Markerink's pages which he mostly compiled in the 1990's seem to be gone. It's a shame, especially since I helped him with some of the stuff :-).

    Henning

    p.s. Being in PNW (Pacific North West, I assume), are you in/near Vancouver?
    Last edited by henningw; 25th August 2010 at 10:33. Reason: Typed before brain got up to speed.

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    Quote Originally Posted by henningw View Post
    p.s. Being in PNW (Pacific North West, I assume), are you in/near Vancouver?
    Yup, just out in the valley.

    Ciao,

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    Re: Can Leica Telyt lenses be adapted?

    Simon, Sorry. Overlooked the apertures (and the first focal length) and was thinking of the R lens.

    Henning, as I understand it, is very near where you are.

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