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    Leica close focusing distances

    how come most Lecia lens only close focus at .7m?

    seems that most dslr's ex nikon/canon lenes can focus much closer normally.

    would be nice to be able to get much closer with leica glass.

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    Re: Leica close focusing distances

    That is about the best one can do with a rangefinder coupling.
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    Re: Leica close focusing distances

    Of course, one can do better with a helicoid adapter on a NEX or A7/R or MFT camera.
    Clearly one of the disadvantages of the rangefinder approach.
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    Re: Leica close focusing distances

    May I ask what it is that you want to photograph at such close distances?

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    Re: Leica close focusing distances

    I find 0.7m to be nice actually, I had some lenses where it was 0.9 or 1 meter even. 0.7 with a 75 or 50mm is nice and about all I want.

    But, I do have the Hawk's helicoid adapter and when using it on a NEX 5N, you can get very close. Paired with the Zeiss 25mm it's a macro dream!
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    Re: Leica close focusing distances

    Quote Originally Posted by MaxKi▀ler View Post
    May I ask what it is that you want to photograph at such close distances?
    I asked because in my opinion the Leica M system is perfect for people and landscape photography. Both genres where one hardly ever gets closer than 0.7m. At least for me 1m is the right distance for most portraits where I'm being relatively close to my subject.
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    Re: Leica close focusing distances

    Use a Leitz OUFRO with 50mm's and such, or a Leica ELPRO 3 (E55) on a 90 APO. Close focusing with a M-240 (and/or EVF) will be like using a... um... Sony A7(r). DOF is absurdly thin and working distances are like 12-18". Mostly likely not a handheld solution.

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