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    Nikon D3 with Summicron/Summilux (M)

    Hi everyone,
    I need some advice and information on how to get a Summicron-M or a Summilux-M on a Nikon D3..
    any and ALL information will be greatly appreciated!


    *also, will i be better off with the "R" lenses?*
    Last edited by shutterbugh; 16th August 2010 at 14:25.

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    Re: Nikon D3 with Summicron/Summilux (M)

    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbugh View Post
    Hi everyone,
    I need some advice and information on how to get a Summicron-M or a Summilux-M a Nikon D3..
    any and ALL information will be greatly appreciated!


    *also, will i be better off with the "R" lenses?*
    AFAIK there's no technical way to mount a M lens on a F body.

    R lenses are no problem, adapters are available (Leitax etc.) and they even can be converted directly to F mount.

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    Re: Nikon D3 with Summicron/Summilux (M)

    thanks Corlan
    thats what i was afraid of!
    what adapters are recommended/preferred (for us in the US)? i do recall reading something about Leitax here on this forum.

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    Re: Nikon D3 with Summicron/Summilux (M)

    Quote Originally Posted by shutterbugh View Post
    thanks Corlan
    thats what i was afraid of!
    what adapters are recommended/preferred (for us in the US)? i do recall reading something about Leitax here on this forum.
    Leitax and CameraQuest have a good reputation for R-to-F adapters.
    Don't use any at the moment... maybe someone around with first-hand experience ?

    (i'm also lurking a couple of R lenses from time to time but i'd probably get a converted version)

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    Re: Nikon D3 with Summicron/Summilux (M)

    As far as I know, there are no adapters for R to F mount. They have to be converted with a Leitax mount. The process is rather straightforward though, and fully reversible. Check out www.leitax.com.

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    Re: Nikon D3 with Summicron/Summilux (M)

    The adapter has to be be screwed on, so it's not per se an adapter, is that it?
    Many Nikons with R lenses around here... they usually talk about an "adapter", but maybe it's more a "bayonet swap".

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    Re: Nikon D3 with Summicron/Summilux (M)

    Quote Originally Posted by Corlan F. View Post
    The adapter has to be be screwed on, so it's not per se an adapter, is that it?
    Many Nikons with R lenses around here... they usually talk about an "adapter", but maybe it's more a "bayonet swap".
    "Bayonet swap" would be the right term, yes. The register distance of R and F mount are almost the same, which is the reason why a conventional adapter is not possible. EF and 4/3 mount have shorter distances, making the use of alternative lenses much easier. Some lenses (like my Zeiss CY 85mm f/1.4 ) can't even be converted to F-mount.

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    Re: Nikon D3 with Summicron/Summilux (M)

    There are adapters to mount M lenses to F, but they only focus like a few cm . Here is the 80mm mounted to a Nikon, and a sample from the combination.



    Handheld 1/30, using the D700.

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