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    Nikon L35AF lens hacked to Leica Thread Mount

    I finally got together a project I'd been contemplating for some time, converting the Sonnar-formula 35/2.8 lens from a Nikon L35AF into a Leica Thread Mount. It took quite a while to fine-tune, but overall it came together without too many major complications, all things considered.





    And a couple samples, just to show that it works (both taken with the Leica IIIc shown above):





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    Nice job. I wish i had your machining capability. Totally awesome

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    How does a 35mm lens behave in a barrel for a 50mm lens?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gzinsel View Post
    Nice job. I wish i had your machining capability. Totally awesome
    Thanks. No actual machining, though. Some cutting and a little grinding and filing, but that's it. All done with hand tools except for a Dremel.

    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    How does a 35mm lens behave in a barrel for a 50mm lens?
    In what sense?
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    Damn, I just gave away one of those Nikon cameras with that lens the other day.
    My blog / photo website: http://frankfoto.jimdo.com/

    Openly biased and unabashedly
    pro film and wet darkroom

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    Quote Originally Posted by AgX View Post
    How does a 35mm lens behave in a barrel for a 50mm lens?
    I had the focusing in mind. Scale and rangefinder.
    But am just re-thinking the issue...

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    The RF coupling is way off, so it's scale focus only, but I pretty much knew that going in. My blog post has more details, but essentially I just figured out where 1, 2, and 3 meters were and marked the rim at those points, as well as infinity, but the lock more of less takes care of that anyway.
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    Well, you had a useless Elmar barrel, and a fine 35mm lens for cheap. Combining them yielded a wide angle lens of high speed for next to nothing.
    With even the aperture working.

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    A Nikindustar 35? Very nice
    Those who know, shoot film

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    Quote Originally Posted by IloveTLRs View Post
    A Nikindustar 35? Very nice
    You know, I'd been wondering what to call this thing, but "Nikondustar" might be perfect....
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    http://filmosaur.wordpress.com/

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