The Leica M PL Mount lets you attach PL mount cine lenses onto Leica M (Typ 240) and M Monochrom (Type 246) rangefinder cameras. Of course, you’ll want to use Leica Summilux-C and Summicron-C primes, but the adapter will work with almost any other PL cine lens.
Leica M cameras become very interesting friends for cinematographers, both on set and on location scouts. With the M PL Mount, Leica M cameras can be used as director’s viewfinders with real-time framing. You can capture the image as a still or video. An articulating electronic viewfinder (Leica EVF-2) provides a crisp, high resolution image.
The integral baseplate attaches directly to the lens mount and the base of the camera, providing support for heavier PL mount lenses without putting stress on the native M mount. It comes with a handgrip.
Because the M is a 24x36mm format camera, you can see the entire image circle of native PL format lenses. You get a graphic image of exactly how much image area the lens will cover as well as the overall image shading (vignetting, illumination). You can crop this in Photoshop as needed.
Because PL lenses don’t have mechanical rangefinder coupling, of course you cannot focus through the Leica rangefinder. Instead, focusing is done through the EVF.
Flange focal depth of Leica M lenses is 28.70 mm
Flange depth of PL lenses is 52 mm.
Diameter of PL lens mount is 54 mm.
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