Want to mate your Canon EOS 5D Mark II with Leica glass?

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Robert Benson loves his Leica glass – and you and I both know that many times, it isn't the body that makes the shot (tho I also believe the Canon EOS 5D Mark II sensor creates some beautiful images) and Robert has Leica lenses he loves, but he also loves his Canon EOS 5D Mark II – so why not combine the two?

We've also shown you other Canon EOS 5D Mark II hacks

so why just make one? Well, Robert is offering to do the same thing for you – for a mere $2950!

Robert Benson's Leica Hack

I modify 5dmk2 cameras and turn them into Leicas. But why? Here’s a little background: I have this $6500 exotic Noctilux 50mm f1 Leica lens, and didn’t have a camera to put it on. Couldn’t afford the M9 at the time, and wasn’t sure I wanted to afford it, so I decided to cut into a Canon 5dmk2 and modify it to accept Leica M lenses; all of them. I can do this modification for you. Currently, Leica M lenses only fit on one full frame camera in the world, the Leica M9.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II Leica from the side


Robert has provided a couple of samples – but he's also letting you download full size images on his page

Canon EOS 5D Mark II & Leica combo sample from Robert

Noctilux 50mm at F1 from Robert

What do you think?

Are you sending Robert some cash to buy one? [source: Saw this originally on PetaPixel]

(cover photo credit: snap from the video)


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  1. I’m curious about the old-fashioned color balance of the top photo. Was it an accident or intentional?

  2. I’d love to see the comparison between that lens and some other (way cheaper) one, like a canon 50 1.2 or a Samyang 85 1.4 or Sigma 85 1.4.
    I think the differences are mainly in people’s minds.
    I wouldn’t destroy a 5D Mark II just to mount Leica lenses, I also think a new very bright 50mm will come from Canon, and it will be sharper than the actual f/1.2.

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