Fujifilm’s M mount to X mount

 FujifilmM-mount-to-X-mount adapter allows Leica lenses to be used on the Fujifilm X-Pro1

If there is one compact system camera crying out for a Leica mount adapter it is the Fujifilm X-Pro1. The camera looks like a classic rangefinder, clearly styled with the Leica M series and, of course, Fujifilm s own G-series rangefinder in mind. Despite an excellent set of fixed-focal-length lenses available at the launch of the X-Pro1, there was always going to be a demand for a Leica M-mount adapter, and Fujifilm was quick to announce that an X-to-M-mount adapter would be available.

Released a few months ago, the Fujifilm M-mount-to-X-mount adapter allows some of the most highly regarded Leica, Voigtlander and Zeiss lenses to be mounted on the X-Pro1. This is a boon not only for existing X-Pro1 owners, but also for those who own M-mount lenses and have been looking for a rangefinder-style digital camera to mount them on without the expensive of buying the Leica M9.

Fujifilm’s M-mount-to-X-mount

FEATURES

Despite all M-mount lenses being manual focus and having an aperture ring, the Fujifilm M-mount-to-X-mount adapter has an electronic connection to the camera.

This doesncommunicate any aperture or distance information, but it does have a useful purpose. Pressing a small button on the side of the lens displays the Mount Adapter Setting menu, but first the X-Pro1 must have its firmware updated to v1.11. The menu allows the focal length of the mounted lens to be set. There are four default lens settings, with focal lengths of 21 mm, 24mm, 28mm and 35mm, with an additional two custom focal-length settings. Each of settings can be adjusted so that the photographer can correct lens distortion, colour shading and peripheral illumination correction, or in laymanterms, vignetting. Once the lens has been attached, simply press the button on the side of the adapter and choose the focal length of the lens being used. The correction settings that have been selected will then be applied to JPEG images.

Fujifilm’s M-mount-to-X-mount

IN USE

Although the X-Pro1optical viewfinder is useful for framing, as it is not coupled to the lens it is not active when focusing. Instead, either the digital display from the LCD screen or electronic viewfinder must be used when focusing.

In use, I found that the EVF is the better option as it allows the camera to be held and focused far easier. However, the refresh rate of the EVF does lag a fraction behind reality, so focusing quickly and accurately can be tricky. Pressing the rear dial shows an enlarged section of the scene, which is helpful when focusing.

Although the camera and adapter aren t especially fast to use, the combination works well and makes the Fujifilm X-Pro1 the closest thing to using a digital Leica camera without actually having to buy one. However, check any lenses you plan to use with the adapter. We found that the Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f/1.2 couldn t be mounted to the adapter due to its large rear element.

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