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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2017 11:43 pm    Post subject: Best digital camera for use of m39 lenses. Reply with quote

Hello, I am newly registered here although I have been a frequent visitor long before. I am a manual lens user with my Canon t3i and I have a few collection of m42 glasses. I am curious about m39 lenses and I would like to try some of them, but I can't because of some issues putting them on the eos mount. My question is what modern digital cameras would you recommend that are best for use of m39 lenses? And still be able to use also other mounts like m42, om, c/Y, etc if possible. Otherwise, just for m39 lenses.


PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Best digital camera for use of m39 lenses. Reply with quote

Delzky wrote:
Hello, I am newly registered here although I have been a frequent visitor long before. I am a manual lens user with my Canon t3i and I have a few collection of m42 glasses. I am curious about m39 lenses and I would like to try some of them, but I can't because of some issues putting them on the eos mount. My question is what modern digital cameras would you recommend that are best for use of m39 lenses? And still be able to use also other mounts like m42, om, c/Y, etc if possible. Otherwise, just for m39 lenses.


The M39 (enlarger) lenses I use have all worked fine with a Pentax DSLR, so there shouldn't be significant issues with them on an EOS. You can get EOS-PK adapters which should work with any lens I can use on my DSLR. Rangefinder M39 lenses would have problems as these need to be much closer to the sensor.
IMO mirrorless type cameras are best for adapted lenses, many of these offer focus peaking in the EVF to help with focusing, and the short registration they have greatly increases the number of lenses you can get infinity focus with.
The best mirrorless is highly dependant on what crop factor you want, as well as ergonomic factors etc.
Micro four thirds (Olympus & Panasonic) give a 2x crop and a very compact body.
Sony do a full frame mirrorless range
Most of the other options are APSC.
There are a few such as the Pentax Q range that offer significantly smaller sensors & higher crops than MFT. I feel that these have taken miniaturization too far.

I use a couple of older MFT bodies for most of my adapted lens photography, and often go via a special EOS adapter even though I don't have any EOS lenses (I have adapters that have a built in helicoid or a focal reducer). Any of the other lens mounts you mention can be used with those Smile


PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:51 pm    Post subject: Re: Best digital camera for use of m39 lenses. Reply with quote

Delzky wrote:
Hello, I am newly registered here although I have been a frequent visitor long before. I am a manual lens user with my Canon t3i and I have a few collection of m42 glasses. I am curious about m39 lenses and I would like to try some of them, but I can't because of some issues putting them on the eos mount. My question is what modern digital cameras would you recommend that are best for use of m39 lenses? And still be able to use also other mounts like m42, om, c/Y, etc if possible. Otherwise, just for m39 lenses.


What type of M39 lenses do you want to use? Rangefinder (RF) lenses such as those from Leitz and Voigtlander (LTM/M39) cannot be used on a DSLR camera due to short register distance of 28.8mm. DSLR start at 42mm (Canon).
Technically RF M39 lenses can be used on any mirrorless digital camera with an shorter register distance: MFT (Panasonic/Olympus), Sony E-mount (NEX), Fuji FX, Canon Eos, Leica-M and Ricoh GXR-M.
What is your budget? When you are asking for "the best" there is no alternative to Leica if you are talking about RF lenses. Wink


PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 2:21 pm    Post subject: Re: Best digital camera for use of m39 lenses. Reply with quote

tb_a wrote:
Technically RF M39 lenses can be used on any mirrorless digital camera with an shorter register distance: MFT (Panasonic/Olympus), Sony E-mount (NEX), Fuji FX, Canon Eos, Leica-M and Ricoh GXR-M.


I think you mean EOS-M here.


PostPosted: Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:09 pm    Post subject: Re: Best digital camera for use of m39 lenses. Reply with quote

DConvert wrote:
tb_a wrote:
Technically RF M39 lenses can be used on any mirrorless digital camera with an shorter register distance: MFT (Panasonic/Olympus), Sony E-mount (NEX), Fuji FX, Canon Eos, Leica-M and Ricoh GXR-M.


I think you mean EOS-M here.


You're right. Though there is no mirrorless EOS. Wink