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Konica lenses

G

Guest

Hi,
I would like to know what Konica lenses fit to the M6, only the M-Hexanon or also AR lenses? I am looking for 35 or 50mm.
thanks
tom
 
G

Guest

Konica lenses - this is a hotly debated theme at present. See the review made by Leica expert Erwin Puts at
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. I believe the general consensus now is that the M-Hexanon lenses do not fit Leica M due to a different back focus. The AR lenses have an altogether different mount. If you need to save money and buy non Leica lenses, Voigtlaender may be the best alternative.
 
G

Guest

To answer your question (rather belatedly), only the Hexanon-M lenses can be used with Leica M cameras. As far as I know, the back focus problem applied to variability in the Konica Hexar R camera, not to the Hexanon-M lenses. My Hexanon 50mm f/2 lens focuses accurately enough on my three M cameras (one M2 and two M6TTLs) and is a stellar performer.
 
G

Guest

> WRONG, I had my Hexar RF adjusted in NJ (USA) for my Leica lenses. The tech said I could NEVER EVER use Konica glass.

Gerry
 
G

Guest

Did the tech say why you shouldn't use Konica glass? Was it because of the back focus or some other problem?
 
G

Guest

> My Hexar RF was adjusted to the middle of the Leica Lens mount specification. I also gave my word that if I sold the camera, I would tell the person buying it, "The camera can only use Leica or equivalent (Cosina) lenses on it, and not Konica glass". Gerry
 
G

Guest

I think about buy Konica Hexar-M 90 mm lens for my old Leica M2 body... It's possible to work?
Thanx for answers!
 
G

Guest

I remember reading that the Konica lenses worked on Ms, but Leica glass (or CV) did not work on Konica bodies.

I would look to CV lenses as a less expensive alternative (
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), there are some lists that have tons of info, look there.

Some folks say some old Russian lenses are not bad, but the CV lenses seem to rate just below the current Asph leica batches and they have a wider range.

I am going CV to augment my Leica glass, I know it works, no adjustments. Way too many different opinions on the Konica stuff. Too bad.

B2 (;->
 

ray_moth

Member
My Konica Hexanon-M 50/2 lens was an unintentional purchase when I bought an M2 from a guy who wanted to sell the two items together. However, I've tried it quite a few times with the M2 and an M6TTL .72 and it seems to give me no focusing problems. However, there is such a thing as tolerance variation and so it's possible that a different s&le of the same Konica lens could be a problem even though this one is not. I guess the only safe way is to try it before buying it.
 

faria

Member
Just to add a bit more into the discussion and the way I use the M_Hexanon and Leica M Lenses lenses I own:

M3 M6TTL(0.72) KH RF
28 MM M-H X X
35 MM M-H X X
50 MM M-H X X
50 MM L X X
75 MM CV X X
90 MM M-H X X X
90 MM L X X

As you can see the M6 is a very ecletic beast since it can be fed with any of the lens I own. They all work fine, probably not to the point of scientific precision but pleasing me all the time. Maybe I am not that fussy !

Regards to all.
 

faria

Member
Oops,
The matrix I prepared did not not show up. What I meant was:

M6 uses M-H and Leitz glass
KH RF uses the M-H lens only
The CV can be used in either bodies
 

photonut

Active Member
I would like get a second hand M6 ttl .72. Does anyone know where I can get one for a good price? I would also like to get a starter lens. Should I get a 35mm or 50mm? What is the difference between summicron and summilux?
 

svllee

New Member
Hi Ann

If you are in the UK, you can try jonathanharris.co.uk who has a good selection of quality M's, or fieldgrass and gale, who specialises in Leicas. As for lenses, it depends on what you shoot usually, a 35mm is a good all rounder, personally I have a 50mm, but some might find this a bit restrictive.
 
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a_ciel

Ann,

I only know about NYC Leica dealers.

About your lens question: my first and only Leica lens so far is a 50mm summicron f/2 which I use on a .72 M6/ttl. The lens is a recent one (about 2 years old) and is extremely sharp. I've been very happy with its performance with color film, and it is the best lens I've ever used for black and white.

I had a similar question 50mm vs. 35mm and summilux vs. summicron. Although the 50mm will be my prime lens, I do a lot of shooting on the streets of New York. This is where the limitation of the 50mm really shows up. It's very hard to get some of the compositions I want while working in a spontaneous way. The area of coverage is too small. While, I can get closer to the subjects, the result is that I make myself apparent as a photographer. I would say if you're wanting to do street scenes, go with the 35mm. If a wider area of coverage isn't crucial, the 50mm summicron is great.

As to summicron vs. summilux, I'd have to ask whether a little more aperture is worth the additional $800 to $1,000. I think that's the difference between a 50mm summicron and a 50 mm summilux. The f/2 is fast enough for me in most circumstances. You can always use fast films. I've borrowed a friends 35mm summicron f/2 and would recommend it highly. It performs extremely well and is 1/2 the price a a summilux...and it's a lot lighter, which is something to consider as well if you're going to be walking around with it all day.
 

photonut

Active Member
Thank you Steve and Bryan for your recommendations. I think I will try to get a second hand 35mm Summicron. Ann
 
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