Convert Your Contax 45mm f/2 Zeiss Lens Into an M-Mount Optic

Funleader has a new Contax G45 F2 to Leica M Conversion, and it’s available for pre-order now. The conversion offers a non-destructive conversion to an M-mount, both with and without a lens. “It is not an optical reproduction and fully displays high resolution and beautiful colors that Contax 45mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Planar T* lens should have,” Funleader explains on its listing page. Plus, a price reduction during the pre-order period brings the helicoid-only option sans lens to $489, down from $539, and the lens-included option to $999, down from $1,199. Pre-orders will begin shipping in early July; when they do, the original price will return. Funleader also noted it only has 300 lenses, which will ship in batches based on the order in which purchases come in.
The conversion sports a wave pattern design, combining retro and modern aesthetics. Users can opt for the black or silver version as well. Notably, Funleader tells PetaPixel it plans to release another lens in September. However, due to sourcing issues, this will be the last batch of the Contax 45mm group with Zeiss lenses. Previously, Funleader launched the first G35 M-mount non-destructive conversion. This product, released in August 2019, only offered 170 sets of converted lenses. Not only does Funleader note this led to a matching total of 170 happy customers, but it also helped influence the new conversion on sale now.
“For the G45 helicoid, we fully absorbed users’ opinions on G35mm helicoid and presented it with a retro appearance,” Funleader notes in its listing. “If you already have a G45mm lens and want to use it on Leica M, then the helicoid might be a good choice for you.” For photographers still deciding about Funleader M-mount conversion, the company released a set of sample photos that show what it can do. The images, taken by Funleader partner photographer Gao Qiang, show the lenses off in several scenarios. Potential buyers can see it in various lighting, including the sunny daytime and dimly lit interiors. Close-ups, bokeh-heavy images, architectural subjects, nature, and product photography are all on display too. Image credits: Funleader

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