Helicoid adapter for Leica M lenses

I already enjoyed the ability to focus closer than normal with Leica M lenses adapted on the Sony A7s camera. Normally Leica M lenses focus down to only 70 cm. Lenses like Noctilux only to 1 meter. But with a helicoid adapter, you can reduce the minimum focus distance. This degrades the optical performance - but it fun to go closer anyway ;-)

So, now for my Canon EOS R and EOS R6, i got myself a helicoid adapter, also allowing me to focus closer than normal. And that is really wonderful. Working with an older Leica Noctilux-M 50/1 isn't about super sharpness - but more about the feeling how the lens renders the image. Albeit, i had to add - it take quite some work to make it look good. So, you need to post-process such images further, in order to get that amazing look. Sometimes it doesn't work. But with effort and sensibility, you get there...

 

Straight out of the camera

the Noctilux-M 50/1 is just a hyped, rather boring and "weird" as well difficult lens. People think that it has magic properties by "default" right out of the box. Wrong ! It can have it sometimes, but most of the time - not. The characteristics are very different then what you expect. You have to understand general contrast, motive contrast, light contrast. You have to understand the lens with a much deeper sense, in order to make it work for you. Otherwise it will work against your expectation.

So, in general, a Leica Noctilux is not worth the (over the top) Leica money.

Much better price/quality relationship has the new lenses like the latest TTArtisan 50/0.95 lens, which is unusual close to the performance and character that of the older Leica Noctilux-M 50/1 - but for $755 instead of $5000-6000.

Highly recommended, if you are into that kind of lens.

But again, none of those lenses are easy or give you "wow" images. Most often, you get the opposite; underwhelming images.

You have to work for it !!!

I use the Leica Noctilux-M 50/1 lens, because I bought it back in 1989 - so I am "stuck" with it. But i apprechate the potential that the lens has. But it ain't any easy lens. It really is.

 

Don't go too close (for portraits)

I notice that when you use the Noctilux-M 50/1 (or any other 50 mm) lens for portraits... do not go too close. You will face strange distortions which are not so often in favor of the person. It just looks a bit "strange".


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