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    Leica R lenses?

    I have never used Leica R and need a quick summery of the 'goodies' out of the following bunch. Which ones do you think will do well on a A7R?

    R 35/2
    R 60/2.8 macro
    R 90/2.8
    R 135/2.8
    R 28-70/3.5-4.5
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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    I only have one on your list, but I use 24 elmarit-R, 50 Summilux-R, 90 Summicron-R, and 135 elmarit-R. I am pleased with all of them on A7r. I prefer the 55 FE over the 50 lux for ease of use, but enjoy the lux for the look sometimes.

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    I enjoy using R35/2, R60/2.8 Macro and R90/2.8 on A7R and they all perform very well.

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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    Great!! Thanks for your info.

    Ocean, could you post some examples in this thread of the 35, 60 and 90! That would be great thank you
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    Re: Leica R lenses?

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    Don't know.

    Longer focal lengths are not going to have a problem at all on the a7/a7r.

    Depending on the price, I'd probably pass on the zoom in favor of the 35-70 f/4 as that one is known as a great performer. Otherwise, you might be better served with the Zeiss 24-70 over the 28-70.

    I believe the 28-70 is in the same performance level as the older 35-70 f/3.5 which was designed by Sigma for Leica. I think this lens uses the same barrels as that older lens, (not positive), and I think it was also designed by Sigma. By most people's measures, it is a competent lens, but expensive compared the others of equal performance. The newer f/4 35-70 is a step above that.

    The 35/2 you want is the newer E55 version (with the retracting hood). The older one is fine, but not as good.

    People love the 90/2.8... really nice bokeh in that one from most accounts.

    The macro is a nice lens, but not as good as the 100M APO, and priced accordingly. I have the 60M, and it is nice.


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    Cindy, handling aside, would you say the Zeiss 55 betters the Lux overall?
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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    mjm6, great info - thanks!

    Just found someone not being happy with the zoom. Since I do not really like zooms anyway I am not going to investigate that one further.
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    I have the 24 and 28 Elmarits plus the 35-70 f/4 Vario-Elmar mentioned above. The latter is really excellent and probably as good or better than some of the R primes in that range of focal lengths (except for speed). Both my 24 and 28 have very stiff focus and might need some CLA attention (any recommendations for people that work on the Rs?). My 24 has slightly soft corners on the A7R, but the 28 is sharp across the frame.
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    The better zoom is the 35-70/4 ……or the 28-90. The 35-70/2.8 is above $10K and the 28-90 above $5K but the 35-70/4 is still near $1k .

    I use the 19/2.8;28/2.8;35/1.4;50/1.4(60mm) ,80/1.4 and the 100/2.8APO …I believe these are the best R lenses in that range of 19-100mm. The 35/2,90/2.8 and 60/2.8 are also excellent and more readily available .

    The biggest advantage for my work is the consistent rendering of the set ..so that the aesthetic of the images is similar . I appreciate the Leica color,micro contrast and smooth bokeh and am less interested in “absolute best in class” resolution .

    I would build my kit around the zeiss AF offerings ..just read that a 35/1.4 zeiss maybe coming this year .

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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    I have the 24 and 28 Elmarits plus the 35-70 f/4 Vario-Elmar mentioned above. The latter is really excellent and probably as good or better than some of the R primes in that range of focal lengths (except for speed). Both my 24 and 28 have very stiff focus and might need some CLA attention (any recommendations for people that work on the Rs?). My 24 has slightly soft corners on the A7R, but the 28 is sharp across the frame.
    I have always been happy with DAG for my Leica repairs and maintenance . The 24/2.8 is soft in the corners on any body …..when I used one I always stopped down to f5.6 ..then it performs well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by glenerrolrd View Post
    I have always been happy with DAG for my Leica repairs and maintenance . The 24/2.8 is soft in the corners on any body …..when I used one I always stopped down to f5.6 ..then it performs well.
    Thanks Roger. I'll contact DAG for work on the 24 and 28.
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    Why use elmarit R lens on the A7, when you can use much smaller higher quality Leica M glass.

    The only reason I would consider using R glass on mirrorless, is if you are going to use a focus reducer, since the A7(r) is a small body, the addition of a dumb Leica R to Emount adapter will add bulk.

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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    Why use elmarit R lens on the A7, when you can use much smaller higher quality Leica M glass.
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    If you have a stable of R lenses and no M lenses - that's a pretty good reason for using them on the A7(r) isn't it?
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    I also think that Leica R lenses perform better than Leica M lenses on A7r. The R35/2, R50/2, R60/2.8, R90/2.8 and R180/3.8 APO are not too big and bulky on A7r.
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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    Having a Sony A7r is a darn good reason to own Leica R glass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by danlindberg View Post
    I have never used Leica R and need a quick summery of the 'goodies' out of the following bunch. Which ones do you think will do well on a A7R?

    R 35/2
    R 60/2.8 macro
    R 90/2.8
    R 135/2.8
    R 28-70/3.5-4.5
    I bought the A7 specifically to use with a kit of six Leica R lenses I acquired last year with a pair of Leicaflex SL bodies. These are the ones I have:

    Elmarit-R 24mm f/2.8
    Summicron-R 50mm f/2
    Summilux-R 50mm f/1.4
    Summicron-R 90mm f/2
    Elmarit-R 135mm f/2.8
    Elmarit-R 180mm f/2.8

    These are older generation Leica R lenses, the oldest (Summicron 50) dates from 1965 and the youngest (Elmarit 135) dates from 1981. ALL of them work beautifully on the A7; I suspect they would do the same on the A7r.

    Also, testing with my four Nikkors (Micro-Nikkor 55/3.5 Pre-AI, Nikkor 50/1.2 AI-S, Nikkor-H 85/1.8 Pre-AI, and Micro-Nikkor 105/2.8 AI-S), all of them work very nicely with the A7.

    Testing my M-mount lenses' performance on the A7 has not been so successful. The Color Skopar 21 and 28 do not work well, the Ultron 28/2 is *barely* acceptable at f/5.6, the Color Skopar 35 is "ok", the Nokton 50/1.5 LTM does not work well. The M-Rokkor 40/2 and Nokton 40/1.4 MC seem to perform pretty well, the M-Rokkor 90/4 and Hektor 135/4.5 work well. I suspect this performance will be exaggerated—both good and bad—with an A7r.

    From that, it's pretty clear to me that the RF mount lenses present a challenge for the A7/A7r digital sensors that most SLR lenses do not. I think you will find that nearly all of the Leica R lenses, and most other SLR lenses, perform very well with both A7 and A7r where only a select few M-mount lenses can excel.

    Of the lenses you listed, the one I have heard the most praise about is the Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8. I've heard it referred to as one of the finest macro lenses ever made. I don't know if your 135/2.8 is the same as mine, but mine produces very beautiful rendering.

    I love these Leica R lenses. They're big, heavy, beautifully finished examples of lens manufacturing. And even these ancient ones have that Leica Look™ that is the work of fairy dust from the Leica logo ... :-)

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    oh, I thought M lens performance would have been better on the a7 over the a7r. But I guess with all these issues, the longer flange distance R glass has its place.
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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    About the 60 macro: at infinity, it must be stopped down to at least 5,6 to avoid a white nasty veiling. This is confirmed by Leica also: This is what they say

    "Excellent image quality in the close-up range, outstanding sharpness and fascinating detail fidelity are a matter of course for this lens. Stopping the lens down by one or two stops results in superb results at greater distances as well. It is also flare-free, even under difficult lighting conditions. Vignetting and distortion are practically non-existent."

    For general use the summicron r 50 is preferable, and is a light, low cost super lens.

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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    Sergio, were there different models of the R60 macro? A Leicaphile friend of mine once told me that the R60 macro was one of the highest resolving lenses in the R line up … which sounds like performance that would stand up to 36 meg quite nicely. Any thoughts on this?

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    Three versions of R60ME with only physical differences between them.
    For really excellent results stop down to f/5.6 for close-up and normal distances, according to Puts.

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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    I'm of the same mind set as Roger: if possible, assemble a set of lenses that have some consistency in color and character to help pull together a body of work using various focal lengths.

    Even though they are big and heavy, were I to adapt R lenses it would be ones I came to prize for their "old school" sublime rendering and character, which "new school" digital lenses cannot compete with: R35/1.4 and R80/1.4.

    I'd probably add the base to the A7R to facilitate their use a bit more. For what and how I shoot, I could get on with just those two Rs … and in fact did so with R/DMR cameras for many years, even though I had a number of other R lenses.

    IMO, Zooms are a tricky business. How much you would gain with bigger, manual focus adapted R zooms compared to the Zeiss AF zoom with Image Stabilization could be debatable. The truly great R zooms come with a not so great price tag, and some compromises in handling on the A7s … variable aperture, or size for example.

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    Marc, the problem appears only at infinity. Up to a few meters it can be used full open also and is a really perfect lens, standing up to 36 and probably many more megs. But it is calculated for short distances, so to obtain the same quality at medium distances and infinity, it must be progressively stopped down. At 5,6 it is perfect at infinity also.
    The Apo macro 100 does not have this problem and has (extraordinary) performance
    center to corners full open at all distances.
    Both of them have no trace of field curvature, so common with practically every other lens.

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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by sergio lovisolo View Post
    Marc, the problem appears only at infinity. Up to a few meters it can be used full open also and is a really perfect lens, standing up to 36 and probably many more megs. But it is calculated for short distances, so to obtain the same quality at medium distances and infinity, it must be progressively stopped down. At 5,6 it is perfect at infinity also.
    The Apo macro 100 does not have this problem and has (extraordinary) performance
    center to corners full open at all distances.
    Both of them have no trace of field curvature, so common with practically every other lens.

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    Thanks Sergio.

    Yes, I figured it was optimized for closer distances. Reminds me of the R180/3.4 APO which was the opposite … it was optimized for far distances and was best at infinity, but a bit mediocre close up. I believe that R180/3.4 was initially a Military lens made for arial photography, or something of that sort.

    I never owned the R60 Macro, just the R100 APO … which people considering this lens should know is not a 1:1 macro lens unless one uses the Elpro that was made for it. The Leica S 120/2.5 APO Macro is of a similar design and only does 1:2 Macro which is something of a disadvantage (unfortunately Leica has not made an Elpro for that lens yet, but oddly did make one optimized for the S180mm).

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    Some of the best Leica R lenses i owned at one point or another. I shot them years ago on Canon and the DMR.

    Leica 19 R. One of the best wides around todays rate about 3400.00 You WANT version II
    Leica 28mm Elmarit with sliding hood, don't get one without totally different design the older ones. 2400 today.
    Leica 35m 1.4 Lux mandler design. Beautiful rendering
    Leica 35mm Cron F2. Really nice lens and very sharp
    Leica 50mm Lux 1.4. Outstanding lens same design as the M
    Leica 80mm Lux 1.4 Mandler design. Beautiful rendering. At 1.4 it has a veiling look
    Leica 90mm F2 Cron. Outstanding sharpness. On the clinical side
    Leica 180 F2 Cron. One of the best around in this focal length. Big , heavy expensive
    Leica 180 F2.8 Apo almost as good as the Cron. Smaller , lighter cheaper

    Leica 21-35 I think F4. Really a nice lens. Again zoom better at 24mm up than 21-up. But it will outclass many others. Again expensive.

    Leica 35-70 2.8 Unbelievable but forget it you can't afford it today its 10k upwards. Big heavy and very rare. Only 600 made. Leica lost money on this lens. Take my word for it I was scared to shoot the dang thing it cost so much. I paid 6k back than

    Leica 35-70 F4. This is a nice all around zoom and see some members have this. Really not a bad choice at all as it is a good overall performer. Make sure you get the F4

    Leica 28-90 2.8 basically this replaced the 35-70 2.8 but it is extremely good and sharp. Little clinical and again expensive , heavy and big. If you have it great buying it will set you back around 5-6k.

    They have some other longer zooms but again very big , heavy glass.

    There Telyt lenses again big heavy, long glass . I don't know all the models but the modular heads are very very expensive.

    60 Macro. I don't remember what version I had but very sharp and still can find used.

    Now many Leica lenses are still very good but don't expect to be saving any weight compared to Nikon/Canon glass. Some are more compact and the leica 28mm R i would give my front teeth for today. I still want that lens and a member just bought one on my recommendation. He shoots it this weekend. Hope he loves it. The 19mm I can't recommend enough and i have been through every damn super wide on the market. This maybe the best ever. You may see some softness in the very very extreme corners but renders like no other. Love it

    Okay jumping to Zeiss in DSLR mounts Nikon ZF.2 and Canon ZE both the same glass.

    Zeiss 15mm really great outstanding lens but the Samyang 14mm is a dollar short and 8 times less money. Buy the Samyang fix the distortion unless you shoot this lens a lot than get the Zeiss. Its simple you won't shoot it a lot trust me its very wide.

    Zeiss 18mm . Small lens comparable and its also very good . Its the sister to the legendary Zeiss 21mm 2.8 but still a very good lens and a lot of people really like it. Distortion easy to fix in post and a normal distortion.

    Zeiss 21mm 2.8 its a legendary lens and super nice but big , heavy and a older design. Has bad mustache distortion but profiles out there to fix it.

    Zeiss 25mm F2 do not confuse this with the 2.8 which is a good lens but the F2 is the newer design and outstanding. I owned this lens twice now and its a keeper. I highly recommend this.

    Zeiss 28mm F2 is the sleeper lens. Its a really nice lens but has field curvature and gets a bad rap for it but its very good.

    Zeiss 35mm F2 again a lens most don't go to but it is really one of the best 35mm lenses around. very sharp and a great infinity lens. I owned several of them

    Zeiss 35mm 1.4 well its a beast big and heavy but again really sweet.

    Zeiss 50 1.4 not rated that great as wide open it has lens aberrations

    Zeiss 50mm Planar F2 macro. Outstanding lens and one of the better 50's around.

    Zeiss 85mm 1.4 a legendary lens but has that nice veiling look wide open. Stopped down it is very sharp. Sony has one in the ZA model and its pretty much exactly the same thing. I have the Sony today

    Zeiss 135mm F2 I just sold mine to get the Sony 135mm 1.8 but these two lenses just about nothing can touch them in his focal length. Big , heavy but well worth it. Love them and love the focal length. Throw it is crop mode and you get a 190mm F2 or 1.8. Also the Zeiss 135mm like the Sigma 1.4 extender

    Zeiss 100 macro is another outstanding lens. Okay Im done and going to go test the Voightlander 40mm and some other tests. Post later

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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    Sergio, were there different models of the R60 macro? ...
    This wiki seems accurate with all the Leica R lenses listed, and sorted different ways. I've found it an excellent resource for looking up models, serial numbers, years, etc:

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    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    I'm of the same mind set as Roger: if possible, assemble a set of lenses that have some consistency in color and character to help pull together a body of work using various focal lengths.

    Even though they are big and heavy, were I to adapt R lenses it would be ones I came to prize for their "old school" sublime rendering and character, which "new school" digital lenses cannot compete with: R35/1.4 and R80/1.4. ...
    I like that too. Most of my R lenses are similar age and have similar rendering qualities. I've been using the A7 mostly with the Summilux 50, Summicron 90, and Elmarit 24 lenses ... beautiful imaging and very consistent. The 135, 180 and Summicron 50 I haven't used as much. (The Summicron 50 needs a CLA—the focusing helicoid is stiff with old grease, it's the oldest of the R lenses I have.)

    I haven't found much need for the battery grip with up to the 135mm, although it might be nice for the additional power available and if I shot a lot of portrait orientation. The lenses on A7 with Novoflex NEX/LER adapter seem to balance well in the hand without it. The Novoflex ASTAT/NEX provides a good tripod mount with the added plus of being able to rotate the camera without moving the lens axis.

    My 180mm is the first series and weighs a bunch; I'll likely use it on a tripod most of the time. It has its own mount, but it doesn't rotate. That may mean all horizontals ... ;-)

    I'm fair delighted with these lenses. The only thing missing in my kit, really, is the 35mm ... and sheesh! for some reason the 35mm f/2 and f/1.4 lenses go for HUGELY more than most of the others, and certainly more than the f/2.8. I'll probably just stick with 24-50-90, and if I want a 35ish lens I'll use the Nokton 40 or M-Rokkor 40 from the M-mount. I haven't done extensive testing with those yet, but the quick test I did seemed to be positive.

    I'd love one of the Elmarit-R 19mm II as well, but again I'm not willing to part with $3000+ for that one since I don't use such a short focal length so often. The version I examples are also pretty pricey for my uses ... $1200-1800.

    Oh the equipment bug... ! =8^\
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    Guy, I have the elmarit r 19mm version 1. How bad is it compared to the version 2?

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    I never shot the old one but I hear its a pretty big difference.
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    Cindy, handling aside, would you say the Zeiss 55 betters the Lux overall?
    Ease of use. The Lux would be my favorite for IQ, but only by a bit. I have my A7r setup so that I can AF with the 55 f/1.8 FE, and then tweak the focus. That is hard to beat for dead-on, fast focusing. I have the Leica-R Summilux Leitaxed with a Sony A mount, and it is my 50mm prime for my A99.

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    Gosh I hate reading stuff like this. The buy button is just to easy to hit by accident... ! =8^/

    Thanks.. :-)
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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    I bought a Sony A7 for one reason only...to use with my Leica R glass. I have not been disappointed with the results.

    My small collection includes:
    28mm Elmarit-R ROM
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    35-70/4 Elmarit-R ROM
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    This wiki seems accurate with all the Leica R lenses listed, and sorted different ways. I've found it an excellent resource for looking up models, serial numbers, years, etc:

    Leica Wiki (English)
    The wiki for the 60 macro has several errors. For example the wiki says the early version uses Series VII filters in the hood. It uses Series VIII filters in the hood and may also be used with E60 filters. The wiki also says the lens can be used with the 1.4x APO-Extender-R. The 2x APO-Extender-R may be used but the front of the 1.4x extender protrudes too much and will collide with the rear element of the lens. There are a few other errors or at least misleading items. Best to double check before making a purchase decision. I'll bet I can spot errors in other lens descriptions too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by doug View Post
    The wiki for the 60 macro has several errors. For example the wiki says the early version uses Series VII filters in the hood. It uses Series VIII filters in the hood and may also be used with E60 filters. The wiki also says the lens can be used with the 1.4x APO-Extender-R. The 2x APO-Extender-R may be used but the front of the 1.4x extender protrudes too much and will collide with the rear element of the lens. There are a few other errors or at least misleading items. Best to double check before making a purchase decision. I'll bet I can spot errors in other lens descriptions too.
    Good to know! Thanks Doug!

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    Re: Leica R lenses?

    A text only version of Erwin Puts Leica Lens Compendium is available for download here:
    Free PDF, Put's Leica Lens Compendium

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    thanks for that link. It makes for feel good reading to know that although the version 2 is an overall better lens over version 1, the version 1 still quite a capable lens.



    Here is my version 1 Elmarit R 19mm 2.8 with effective light gathering of 2.0 and effective focal length of 20.33mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post

    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    thanks for that link. It makes for feel good reading to know that although the version 2 is an overall better lens over version 1, the version 1 still quite a capable lens.
    Gosh I hate reading stuff like this. The buy button is just to easy to hit by accident... ! =8^/
    In a horrifying moment of weakness yesterday, I ordered one of these lenses—in the box with hood, caps, etc—at a price I can rationalize as being worth it and affordable. Ugh.

    Hanging out with this crowd of equipment magpies is a dangerous business. ;-)

    Anyway, I couldn't possibly rationalize the cost of a series II model and it wouldn't work on my Leicaflex SL bodies anyway. It was not cheap, but it wasn't "break the bank" expensive.

    These moments of weakness come from working my butt off and seeking escape in shopping therapy. They'd be less frequent if I didn't work so much. Of course I wouldn't have the money then either. Hmm ... =8^O

    NOW I really really have to start selling some of the excess unused gear around here... !
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    Hanging out with this crowd of equipment magpies is a dangerous business. ;-)
    Ain't it the truth. Lens lust is a powerful thing. I find myself looking at T/S lenses and I don't even know how to use one of those things. That's scary.

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    Haha nice one Godfrey. Join the 19mm Elmarit club! I guess maybe you could get the ball rolling and start a new thread showing image captures from this mighty lens

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    is the METABONES Leica R Lens to Sony NEX Adapter II a good one?

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    It's a dumb adapter but works okay. I had to tighten down all the screws.
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    thanks Guy, is the Novoflex much better?

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    socal, double check by emailing Metabones to ensure it will work with full frame A7 or A7r. Some of the adapters were designed for APS-C and the size of the opening may not be large enough.

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    The description on the BH site said it will support full frame body, it also comes with a detachable tripod foot that is compatible with Arca Swiss.

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    ah then it may be the one to get. Metabones adapters are usually pretty well made albeit Guys experience.

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    It works fine now just check it when it comes in. Maybe mine was made on a Friday at 4:45. Lol

    99 dollars at B&H leica r to Sony e put in search
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    Quote Originally Posted by mazor View Post
    ah then it may be the one to get. Metabones adapters are usually pretty well made albeit Guys experience.
    I've tried three Metabones adapters (one for mFT, two for NEX) and returned all three. Poor fit, the lenses would not lock in on them correctly and/or they had play on the camera mount.

    So far, Novoflex adapters have been the best I've used, with Rayqual second and Kipon right behind them.

    One Novoflex adapter to share across six/seven Leica R lenses, another to share across four/five Nikkors isn't so expensive when you consider the value of the lenses and how much better it is to have adapters that fit precisely and properly. I have a third for Leica M lenses as well, which was probably a bit of wasted money as I haven't really found myself loving M-mount lenses on the A7.

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    I agree the Novaflex is the best I tried but not cheap either. They have solid rear mount to camera . No screws
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    My metabones III for my canon mount lenses is pretty nice though.

    It should be for 400 dollars
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    Guess I too only have the Metabones EF - NEX emount adapters. One of which was $400, the other second hand speed booster version

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