Zeiss Hologon 16/8 converted to Leica M mount

Discussion in 'Adapted Lenses' started by raid, Jan 11, 2018.

  1. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    Since I am expecting to get back my Leica M9 soon with a new sensor, I decided it is best to focus on using this camera and not get another camera at this time. I was drawn to the Zeiss Hologon 16/8 since a while as it will open up a new type of photography for me. I am used to 50mm and 35mm lenses most of the time, and I want to get into wide angle photography with a specialized lens that has challenges and issues that must be dealt with. I found a "new old stock never used" boxed set in Canada, and I placed the order. Vefore placing the order, I had a quick email exchange with Don Goldberg about having him change the mount from Zeiss G to Leica M. It will hopefully become my "digital SWC", so to speak.

    The Hologon has no real issues when used for B&W images, but with color, it may/will display a purple bandon the edges. A special ND filter is used to balance the exposure across the lens coverage. Don G asked me to also send him the filter for some reason. If I want less coverage, I can use the Hologon with my M8.

    I am sure that the CV15mm is a wonderful lens based on what I have seen posted on it and the images that were taken with it. I am a "mini-collector" or maybe I am a photographer who also appreciates some fine lenses and cameras that I can afford to get and use. The CV is better suited for the M9 than the Hologon, but it is not a Hologon. I could use with an adapter my Canon FD 17/4 as it is a near rectilinear lens, butI want the challenge of using a Hologon. This is part of the joy of having such a hobby.


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  2. M. Valdemar

    M. Valdemar Leica Place Regular

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    Aug 5, 2013
    New York City
    I don't know if you're aware of this adapter. You can change the lens to a Leica M mount by yourself, plus you can change it back to the original mount without damage.

     
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  3. raid

    raid Leica Place All-Pro

    Apr 12, 2013
    USA
    Raid
    I have read about this adapter, but I trust DAG more than my own ability or lack of it to make such modifications. Don needs the ND filter to do some adjustments, and he will code the lens.