M Mount Adapters
The Leica M mount was introduced in 1954 at the same time as the Leica M3. It's been the mount of choice on every Leica M series thru the present day Leica M7 film camera and Leica M9 digital camera and Lenses.
The M Mount was also the mount used for Minolta's CLE rangefinder, on the Konica Hexar RF, on the later versions of the Voigtlander Bessa family and Lenses, the mount for the Rollei 35RF, also quite recently on the newest Zeiss Ikon Rangefinder and Lenses..
Benefits of Lens adapters is versatility, and saving money with the continued use of the preferred lenses you already own.
Drawbacks of lens adapters is the inconvenience, no electronic connection between the adapted lens and your camera body A couple of factors are necessary for a lens adapter to work properly. First, the camera body "lens registration" space or the expanse between the mount of the lens to the sensor or film surface. Two, the "throat size" of the mount or the mount diameter. An adapter flanked by the body of the camera and a lens from different brands, this registration distance of the adapted lens must be larger than the registration distance on the body; plus the lenses throat-size must be less than the throat size on the body mount. M lenses can be adapted to Canon EOS, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, and Sony Nex Cameras.
Pros:Lightweight, Low geometric distortion, Rendering characteristics
Best Uses:Architecture, General Use, Landscape Photography
Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Comments about Leica Wide Angle 24mm f/3.8 Elmar M Aspherical Manual Focus Lens - Black:
This is a wonderful lens with superb rendering characteristics and negligible geometric distortion. On a M8.2 the lens produces a FOV equivalent (1.33X) to 32mm on film cameras. I use a Leica 24mm Brightline Finder on the accessory shoe since framing when wearing glasses is a bit slow using the 24mm bright line frames in the far corners of the M8 viewfinder. The Leica Brightline Finder is expensive but has 24mm framing lines for both film and digital M-series cameras.
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