6 comments on “Lens Hacking Made Easy…Not

  1. Superb work! This sort of thing really fascinates me, not to mention making me wish I was that little bit better hacking things … I must try harder (by teachers used to say that of me as well as the comments about imagination)

    • Thanks! Believe me, I screw up plenty for every time I get something right. If anything, I’ve learned over the years to try non-destructive and easily reversed methods before going for the nuclear option.

    • Well, aside from selling mine – something I’m not planning to do in the immediate future – I’m not sure I can offer you much help. I don’t have the time at this point to build another, and frankly I’m not sure how I’d feel about hacking something together to a less-than-professional standard (and it is a hack in the traditional sense of the word) and charging money for it. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.

  2. Hello Hunter, thanks for sharing the hack. I was upset when my two of my Nikon L35s (AD and AD3) died . They are not designed to last forever (I still have 3 of them working). I was not sure about how to retain the lens and hack it as there are no examples or step by step instructions despite the tonnes of information on the Web.

    I was initially thinking of buying a dead LTM lens to start with but was not sure which one. Thanks for mentioning the Fed Elma. I do have a Voigtlander Bessa L, 35mm finder and a Fed lens in bad shape. I can start the experiment to migrate the 35mm 2.8.

    I do a lot of street photo using the Leica 40mm F2 (set to 2m F5.6) with fairly good results. No need to focus. The L35 is not an ideal street photo machine. The winding is loud. The flash may pop up if I forgot. The AF can be way off at times. A full manual version will be ideal.

    So this will save me money from getting new 35mm glasses from Cosina and save my Nikon. Thank you!

    • Not sure who Hunter is, but it’s not me.

      In any case, good luck with the conversion. It’s been a while since I did mine, but my recollection is that getting the L35AF body apart was fairly straightforward – just start removing screws. Avoid the flash capacitor, obviously. The lens assembly comes out as one piece, with the elements held in a plastic housing – no need to disassemble them. My O-ring solution has held up fine, and is the easiest method I could think of to keep the thing together. By my calculations the aperture on the donor body works out to a range of f/2.8 to f/11, and the helicoid will allow focus down to something like 40cm (kind of pointless without RF coupling, I know).

      Any questions as you go along, don’t hesitate to ask.

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