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Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« on: October 06, 2012, 06:04:07 PM »
Wow!?
Robert Benson wanted to use a Noctilux 50 f/1.0 on a digital camera, and couldn’t afford a Leica M9 at the time. He decided to figure out a way to make an EOS 5D Mark II take M lenses, which requires a lot of modification to the 5D Mark II.

This is a pretty astonishing accomplishment, and I love when people follow through on an “impossible” idea.

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Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« on: October 06, 2012, 06:04:07 PM »

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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #1 on: October 06, 2012, 06:46:59 PM »
Can anyone explain what exactly he does here? Especially with the mirror box.

I was still hoping that someday somebody comes up with a 5DII (etc) camera mod that has been modified to full-time manual focus with a prism and mirror that matches the old pre-AF are viewfinders in brightness and ease of use for MF - without screwing up the light meter...

Wonder if this does this but the guy doesn't really explain exactly.
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2012, 06:49:15 PM »
Astonishing technical achievement.  That lens costs $7,000.00 though.  Same as the M9 camera body.
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #3 on: October 06, 2012, 06:54:51 PM »
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #4 on: October 06, 2012, 07:12:50 PM »
Quite an impressive - and brave - thing to do.

I'm going to be honest though: the photos didn't seem to have a particularly unique look to them.  I expected more, considering the lengths to which he went to be able to use the M lens on his Canon.  Personally I would've just sold the lens, or kept it until I could afford an M9.
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #5 on: October 06, 2012, 07:38:18 PM »
Quite an impressive - and brave - thing to do.

I'm going to be honest though: the photos didn't seem to have a particularly unique look to them.  I expected more, considering the lengths to which he went to be able to use the M lens on his Canon.  Personally I would've just sold the lens, or kept it until I could afford an M9.

What I wonder is whether it is worth it, given that the M9's sensor is designed for the shorter flange distance - i.e. the micro-lens arrangement is specifically set up to take into account light hitting the sensor from an angle - something which the Canon sensor does not normally really need - given the rather long flange distance of the EOS system.
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2012, 08:57:11 PM »
 :o   wow! I'd really like to see how well the leica wide lenses work on it.

really, 7enderbender? I have a handful of old manual focus cameras, and i find my newest camera, the 5dmk3, much easier to focus manually. Not as good as a split prism system at times, but better overall. besides, if i wanted that i could just get one for my 5d.

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« Reply #6 on: October 06, 2012, 08:57:11 PM »

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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #7 on: October 06, 2012, 09:47:10 PM »
It's an impressive engineering feat, but the sample images didn't look much different or better than an 85L.
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2012, 11:17:43 PM »
It's not the only one: http://youtu.be/v7ebhYtm31A   That one is even freakier since it has an old Canon 'M' mount f/095 lens on it.  It also looks a lot nicer.

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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2012, 11:31:25 PM »
I was still hoping that someday somebody comes up with a 5DII (etc) camera mod that has been modified to full-time manual focus with a prism and mirror that matches the old pre-AF are viewfinders in brightness and ease of use for MF - without screwing up the light meter...


KatzEye does a fairly good job of making focusing screens that don't mix-up the light meter (much).  And I'm fairly sure they'll make one for the Canon 6D shortly after it comes out.
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2012, 11:49:37 AM »
I don't like it... but in a positive sense it is another tribute to the mighty MkII  8)
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2012, 12:17:24 PM »
I really dont know why this appears here...

And to topic: Are the leica-lenses really that good?

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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2012, 01:01:42 PM »
I was still hoping that someday somebody comes up with a 5DII (etc) camera mod that has been modified to full-time manual focus with a prism and mirror that matches the old pre-AF are viewfinders in brightness and ease of use for MF - without screwing up the light meter...


KatzEye does a fairly good job of making focusing screens that don't mix-up the light meter (much).  And I'm fairly sure they'll make one for the Canon 6D shortly after it comes out.

The screens are only part of the problem. The transparent mirrors take away light in AF cameras.
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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2012, 01:01:42 PM »

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« Reply #13 on: October 07, 2012, 03:03:52 PM »
I own both the 5DII and the M9. I don't own the Nocti, but I have used it plenty of times.
One thing I can tell you is that at low ISO (400 and under), the CCD of the M9 destroys the 5DII (and even my 1DX) - You heard it.
Yes, everyone likes to dog on Leica shooters, but it's a great tool that when coupled with Leica glass is an absolute beast.

FYI the Nocti actually costs closer to 11K new

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Re: Frankenstein'd EOS 5D Mark II takes Leica M Lenses
« Reply #14 on: October 07, 2012, 04:36:25 PM »
I own both the 5DII and the M9. I don't own the Nocti, but I have used it plenty of times.
One thing I can tell you is that at low ISO (400 and under), the CCD of the M9 destroys the 5DII (and even my 1DX) - You heard it.
Yes, everyone likes to dog on Leica shooters, but it's a great tool that when coupled with Leica glass is an absolute beast.

FYI the Nocti actually costs closer to 11K new
The difficulty with taking these claims seriously is that there are little to no comparison photos. Leica images are often described using airy fairy pixie dust descriptions.

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