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#1 Bjorn Koling

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 07:28 AM

We´re looking for a way to use old leica 35mm stillcamera lenses on an arri camera with PL-mount. So my question is if it exist an adapter from any leicamount, screw or bayo, to PL or maybe arri standardmount. Are there any cinelenses made with leica/leitz glass? thanks
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#2 Nick G Smith

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 08:07 AM

Van Dieman in the UK used to sell converted Leica lenses and maybe even PL adaptors for them.
http://www.vandiemen.tv/index.html
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#3 David Mullen ASC

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 08:52 AM

Panavision's Primo lenses use Leitz glass from Canada, I think.
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#4 George Lekovic

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 08:59 AM

I know there is a Hasselblad to PL. I'm looking for one to try out. Does anybody have experience with this. Hasselblad has soem really nice 150mm and 80mm lenses. They are a bit slow - but hey - it might be worth a shot. I got adapters to use my Hasselblad and Leica lenses on my Canon 10D.
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#5 Max Jacoby

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 12:41 PM

Both Technovision and Van Diemen have adapted Leica R optics for motion picure use. Panavision offer some with a PV mount as well. But all these lenses are completely rehoused, including a new mount. I've never heard of a PL adaptor for these lenses.
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#6 Andy Sparaco SOC

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 01:09 PM

Leica R and M lenses have a rear flange distance of 47mm (Leica R -Leica M even shorter). The flange distance on Arriflex cameras are 52mm.

Unless the back end of the lens is modified there is no PL to Leica R adaptor available with infinity focus.

The exception is for Leica Visoflex lenses. I have a custom made adaptor from Les Boscher in the UK and mount Leitz Visoflex lenses for MP use which are quite good.
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#7 Adam Frisch FSF

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Posted 16 May 2006 - 04:25 PM

Generally speaking, no rangefinder still cameras generally have enough FFD. That's why they make them like that - by getting rid of the mirror they can put a smaller lens closer, which saves money and can provide faster lenses.
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