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Fujifilm M-Mount Adapter for X-Pro1

Fuji X-Pro1 Leica M adapter

Fujifilm has announced its M-Mount Adapter for adapting Leica M mount lenses to the Fujifilm X-Pro1 camera body with its X-Mount.

The adapter is compatible with virtually every Leica M lens and all but one Zeiss ZM lens. See the Fujifilm M-mount adapter compatibility list.

Rangefinder lenses compatible with the mount include Leica M, Zeiss ZM and Voigtlander M lenses. Though lens size could be a bit ungainly, it would be interesting to see Fujifilm offer a Nikon F and Canon EF mount adapter.

Leica vs Fuji

Kudos to Fujifilm for making this product. Isn’t it interesting that Fujifilm can make a mount for Leica M lenses AND provide extensive lens corrections, but Leica itself seems incapable of doing so except for its own lenses and only its own lenses? I wrote Why no Custom Lens Correction on Leica M9? back in January.

At about $1699, the X-Pro provides some healthy competition for $7K Leica M camera bodies (as does the Ricoh GXR with its M-mount back).

Now if we can only persuade Fujifilm to make an X-Pro1M — like the Leica M Monochrom, then black and white shooters out there would have an affordable option!

RAW conversion of X-Pro1 files

As noted in my review of the Fujifilm X-Pro1, I still have reservations about the X-Pro1 until and unless a quality RAW conversion becomes available that delivers the sharpness that ought to result from the sensor. Converting Fuji X-Pro1 RAW files well is apparently difficult and CPU-intensive, due to the oddball sensor design.

Assuming that X-Pro1 RAW file conversion is resolved satisfactorily, the new Fujifilm M-mount adapter allows mounting virtually all Leica M lenses onto the X-Pro1 camera body.

Fuji details

Overview — A mount adapter that allows the use of a wide variety of M Mount lenses on the X Mount camera body. It is built with a three-part structure that uses optimum materials for each of the components, to accommodate perfect fitting with high precision.

The adapter also features electronic contacts for communicating signals with the camera body and a function button to allow users to easily choose necessary settings and functions (Shoot Without Lens, focal length settings, various image corrections, etc.). *

The bright frame, shown in the Optical Viewfinder mode, changes according to the defined focal length for easy shooting.

Signal contacts and the new Function Button for easy shooting — When the camera body recognizes the signal contacts of the Mount Adapter, the "Shoot Without Lens" mode is activated automatically.
Users do not have to go to the MENU screen in order to change this setting, enabling them to start shooting instantly.

Pressing the Function Button brings up the Mount Adapter Setting mode instantaneously. This provides ease of operation when registering a new lens to use, entering its settings or changing a lens

High precision design — The Mount Adapter is designed to maintain the flange back distance of 27.8mm *** for high precision M Mount lenses with advanced planarity.

It is constructed using a three-part structure that employs optimum materials for each of the components.

The contact surface with M Mount lenses features the same high quality stainless steel finish as that used on the X Mount camera body, while the contact surface with the camera body uses an aluminum component similar to that used in XF lenses.

The middle section is made of aluminum to achieve an all-metal construction for a high level of rigidity and durability.

Three types of detailed image correction settings — Users can fine-tune "distortion", "peripheral illumination" and "color shading" according to individual lens characteristics.

This feature allows users to correct images according to each lens's optical profile, or opt for settings that accentuate a particular lens characteristic in order to enjoy a unique image quality and style

 

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