Which M42 Adapter for Canon FD bodies?

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  1. waynecrider

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    I own a DLC adapter now but it doesn't tighten on more then a few millimeters. Does anyone know of an adapter thru such as Ebay that actually fully tightens on and gives infinity focusing?
     
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    Canon's "Lens Mount Converter P" is the one I'd recommend. It shows up with regularity on eBay.
     
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    Call KEH, they should have several in stock. The "P" is the one to get.
     
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    None @ KEH. Several available at Ebay with prices that are all over the board from $25 up $100
     
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    Yeah I caught that too. P adapters can be a little pricey. I sent off emails to some Ebay people and about whether their adapters fully locked on and no response back. I don't think I'll hear from them.
     
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    Have you thought about grinding those flanges of the adapter to make it work better? You wouldn't lose anything, as it is not working in its current state anyway.
     
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    P adaptors lock correctly, and are well made.

    Although - using a lens as a pre-set lens on a FD body seems strange considering how much good/cheap Canon glass there is out there..
     
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    The adapter for M-42 to the EOS mount are very solid and they lock on. Have quite a collection of the M-42 lenses and they are built to last. The problem I have using them on my FD mount is the brass centering screw that locks the adapter in position but it usually falls off after a certain amount of handling. You can pick up EOS bodies for cheap. I also notice the P adapter allows the M-42 lens to mount a bit closer to the mirror so that is probably will allow infinity focus. I really had no use for infinity focus for the years that I used the M-42 and with the great FD lenses for sale it never bothered me.

    Ya like he said above while I was writing this...:surprised:)
     
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    Bokeh might be one reason to do so.
    Or an assortment of M42 lenses already in house.
     
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    If I had that many M42 lenses, I would buy an M42 body to go with it. It could be cheaper in the long run than spending money on pricey adapters that might or might not work properly.
     
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    If one could go without the handiness of the bayonet (breech-lock version), only one adapter would suffice.
     
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    Because there are only old cameras that are available eg. Spotmatic etc. Put M-42 lenses on my EOS 3 and no troubles to infinity & beyond. And of the bokeh you get out of some of the M-42 lenses it is definitely worth the investment. Sorry I did not mean to hijack your post but the M-42 lenses and their use interests me. And I am a Canon freak...
     
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    Of all of the FL/FD mount converters offered by Canon, the Converter P (Praktica/Pentax) is probably the most common. If you're patient, you should be able to find one on eBay or another source for a reasonable price (i.e., $20 or less). I've used this converter and can confirm that it provides infinity focus. The only potential issue is that, on M42 lenses with the automatic diaphragm but no A/M switch, you have to lock the diaphragm actuating pin down in order to shoot at less than full aperture.
     
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    I've been looking into just that, but after spending more then a few days looking thru Ebay and KEH, I came to the determination that I just don't want to carry a third body just to use a favorite M42 lens. My small kit is now expanded to 2 bodies and 3 lenses. Enough for me.
     
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    That is the same for me. It's all about the $$$. I could not afford the 85mm FD lens so I went the cheaper way with the Jupiter 9 M-42 lens. I am just waiting for my retirement plan to kick in... (Lotto 649) and then I can afford a full stable of Carl Zeiss lenses.
     
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    and plane tickets..
     
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    Wayne, out of curiosity, what body were you planning on using. I ask because many of canons cameras were shutter priority metering. So they really d'ont work well with m42 lenses or other adapted optics.
     
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    An A1 and possibly someday a FTB if I get it cla'd. I use it now with the adapter I have.