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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 4:57 pm 
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Are there digital cameras to which I could adapt some of my old lenses, such as the Leica M3 lenses, or some of the film Pentax lenses, or the Contax G1 lenses?

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 6:08 pm 
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There are many, as long as you have the right converter(s). You can either opt for a mirrorless camera or a DSLR, both will be able to use such lenses. Mirrorless cameras seem to be the more popular option for lenses like Leica's though, since they're a bit smaller. One issue you might have, depending on the combination of camera, converter, and lens, is that the lens may not be able to focus at infinity.

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 6:14 pm 
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Thank you Bjorn. Can you point me to two or three that I may research. Or how should I search for these cameras?

I have a Nikon D2Xs. Could I use that body? How would I search for adaptors for it?

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PostPosted: Thu May 23, 2013 9:06 pm 
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You can find converters on ebay, if you search for the mounts to be converted.

As Bjorn said, infinity focus is a question of mount distances, which then also have to consider the adapter. In a quick look I don't think any of the Leica/Pentax/Contax G lenses will have infinity focus on the Nikon, unless you use adapters with corrective optics which will alter the characteristics. Leica and Contax G have short mount distances so there's no chance there. Pentax assuming they're using the same mount as today, is close but still shorter than Nikons, even before you add an adapter.

Better bet may be to get another body. The Sony NEX range is possibly one of the best to use with older lenses as it has one of the shorter mount distances, an APS-C size sensor, and a wide range of bodies covering most price points. Micro FourThirds cameras from Olympus/Panasonic could be a second choice, but they have a smaller sensor size.

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Thank you, Popo.. This is very useful information. I have searched on eBay and found all sorts of adaptors. I like the idea of a second body, will look into the NEX.


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