Friday, May 31, 2013


Today Leica made the following announcement:

Leica Camera is pleased to introduce the Leica S-Adapter C which will be available from this June. With this adapter, Contax 645 lenses can be used with the Leica S (Typ 006), Leica S2 and Leica S2-P cameras. The adapter enables owners of the Contax 645 system to switch effortlessly to the Leica S System.

The Leica S-Adapter C when used with Contax 645 lenses on any of the Leica S cameras offers the following:
Autofocus and manual focus with focus confirmation
Automatic aperture
Using the EXIF data of lenses of Contax 645 system
Use of corrective lens profiles for the Contax 645 system when converting the RAW files in Adobe Lightroom or Adobe Photoshop.
When using the adapter with Contax 645 lenses, the aperture is selected with the manual mode or the automatic setting of the camera.

Stefan Pick, Contax photographer for many years, was the first to test the S-Adapter C in conjunction with the Leica Stand Contax 645-lenses. Stefan Pick said, “Initially, I was pessimistic about the adapter solution, but already from the first use I was enormously surprised how quickly and how well the auto focus on the Leica S works - faster than on Contax system in the past. The image quality as a result of the combination of Contax lenses on the Leica S is gigantic. Therefore, the connection of the Leica S with the Leica S-Adapter C is an extremely affordable entry-level solution to the Leica S-System and a better quality solution as a digital back, for photographers who own the Contax lenses from the past.”

The Leica S-Adapter C supports the following lenses from the Contax 645 system:
Distagon T* 3.5 / 35 mm
Distagon T* 2.8 / 45 mm
Distagon T* 3.5 / 55 mm
Planar T* 2.0 / 80 mm
Apo-Makro-Planar T* 4 / 120 mm
Sonnar T* 2.8 / 140 mm
Sonnar T* 4 / 210 mm
Tele-Apotessar T* 4 / 350 mm
Vario-Sonnar T* 4.5 / 45-90 mm
Mutar 1.4x T*
Auto Extension Ring 13 mm
Auto Extension Ring 26 mm
Auto Extension Ring 52 mm
The Leica S-Adapter C does not support auto-focus for the following components:
Apo-Makro-Planar T*4 / 120 mm as it is a MF lens
Automatic bellows

Shipments will start in June of 2013 at a cost of $1,950.

Leica S with Zeiss Distagon 45mm f/2.8

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  1. Wow, with the other adapters for Hasselblad and Mamiya lenses, this should make the Leica S cameras some of the most versatile medium format digital cameras on the market.

  2. Not only that, it makes the Leica S that much more attractive for individuals that are thinking of switching to the Leica S from other camera systems. Zeiss had a very well performing line of lenses, but by being discontinued, the Contax 645 owners were in a similar situations as the Leica R owners were. Now there is a valid, digital alternative that is capable to take full advantage of he performance of those lenses.