What Lens mount uses the smallest adapter?

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by Jorg.S, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    As the title says.

    I have a m42 adapter and it is quite large in comparison to the lens.
    Which kind of defeats the purpose of :43:.

    So before I consider spending much more on lenses I'd like to know what uses the smaller adapters.

    Thanks,
    Jorg
     
  2. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    C-Mount, Pentax 110 and M39 in order of increasing size.
     
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  3. greyelm

    greyelm Mu-43 Veteran

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    Aug 28, 2010
    London
    Malcolm
    The LTM (m39) adapter is much smaller than the M42 and I would guess that the Leica M is of a similar size to the LTM.

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  4. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
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  5. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    Thank you all.
    And also thanks for the Wikipedia link MajorMagee, it helps a lot putting things in perspective.
     
  6. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    Check out this [post=254157]list of adapters[/post] for :43:. You can easily sort the spreadsheet by register.
     
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  7. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
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  8. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    Wow thank you, very helpful :big grin:
     
  9. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

  10. Promit

    Promit Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jun 6, 2011
    Baltimore, MD
    Promit Roy
    In the case of C mount, the mount is narrow enough to inset into the body by 2mm.
     
  11. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    The thing to watch out for is coverage. 16mm film is smaller than a M43 sensor. Thus you need to get one with sufficient coverage. Also, movie/video lenses have "interesting" bokeh.
     
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  12. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    Thanks Lenshoarder,

    When you say sufficient coverage what do you mean by that?

    I just took a look at some of them and it looks like they vignette quite a bit, is that what you meant?

    Thanks,
    Jorg
     
  13. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010
    Exactly. Not all will though. Generally the longer the focal length, the better.

    Oh, yeah. A Minox Minotar mounted in a lens cap is a very nice lens. You'll have to find a Minox 35 camera, chop the lens out of it and then mount it in a M43 lens cap. You can buy the lens already mounted for a NEX but no one does it for M43. Word of advice if you go that route, don't even bother to save the camera for reassembly later. I started out trying to do that but ended up destroying it anyways. With that in mind, it's rather simple to pry the lens out.
     
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  14. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    Great tip.
    Do you have any favorites or some you think I should take a look at?

    Thanks,
    Jorg
     
  15. MajorMagee

    MajorMagee Mu-43 All-Pro

    Feb 24, 2011
    Dayton, OH
    Okay, thanks.
     
  16. DeeJayK

    DeeJayK Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Feb 8, 2011
    Pacific Northwest, USA
    Keith
    I recently picked up a [thread=29016]Computar 75mm f/1.4 c-mount[/thread] which I've been having a lot of fun with. It's larger than the other c-mount lenses I've seen (roughly similar in size to the kit zooms), but it doesn't suffer the vignetting issues of some of the smaller, wider lenses.

    I also have a "Fotasy"-branded Fujian 35mm f/1.7 that you can pick up quite cheaply from Rainbow Imaging. They also carry 25mm and 50mm c-mount lenses that are pretty reasonable. My copy of the 35mm flares badly, but other than that, it's a nice little lens.
     
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  17. Jorg.S

    Jorg.S Mu-43 Regular

    Thank you DeeJayK,

    I will take a closer look at them and appreciate all the help.

    Thanks,
    Jorg
     
  18. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

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    The old Olympus Pen F mount is very close to the m39 mount in thickness.

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  19. lenshoarder

    lenshoarder Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 7, 2010

    That's a serious investment in lenses though. M39 lenses can be hand for cheap due to the Soviet connection. Pen F lenses aren't cheap.
     
  20. labcoatguy

    labcoatguy Mu-43 Regular

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    Cambridge, MA, US
    True, but to some people it's worth it; I'm one of them. I haven't had good luck with the Soviet lenses I've bought, but constantly use my 40mm Pen F lens.