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Leica Lens Holder Lets You Use Your Backup Lens for Stabilization

Leica offers a funky $200 lens holder accessory for its M system film rangefinders that screws into the tripod mount and lets you store an extra lens on the bottom of the camera. Here’s the description found on the site:

[...] the second lens also serves as a handle when it’s inserted into its bayonet mount, helping to provide additional stability when shooting handheld at long exposure times. The setup could even be used as a miniature tripod.

Makes sense. As we all know, the first thing a Leica shooter thinks when they drop big bucks on a new lens is, “Hmm. I’ll bet this lens would also work well as a mini-tripod!”.

Leica Lens Holder M (via Gizmodo)


 
 
  • Bob

    Dumbest most cost ineffective idea I have EVER seen!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1632512335 Matt Higby

    Of course, you have to have the money to buy a second Leica Lens. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1632512335 Matt Higby

    Of course, you have to have the money to buy a second Leica Lens. 

  • Bob

    That could make it a $10,200 tripod if you buy the Noctilux!! and the head doesn’t even swivel.  LOL!  ya know…you could pick up a nice Gitzo instead…save a lot of money AND actually be able to move the angle of the camera body! LOL!

  • http://blog.wingtangwong.com/ Wing Wong

    … let’s see… should I place my $##### lens, glass first, onto this rocky surface to steady my shot… Hmm…. Going to have to chew on that one for a while.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tatyana-Skymyrka/723478596 Tatyana Skymyrka

    it’s an interesting concept.  ultimately it produces a convenient extra lens carry system.  don’t know about its use as a tripod tho, but i like that you can have extra lens available for swaps and can skip the bag.

  • http://profiles.google.com/markkalan Mark Kalan

    Ah, all you young-uns… This is a take off on the “Bensor Baseplate” that came was actually manufactured when the Leica M2 was a new camera. You could bayonet two lenses to the bottom of the camera and it was designed for press shooters. Here’s one for sale at KEH: http://www.keh.com/camera/Leica-M-Miscellaneous-Accessories/1/sku-LM390100012370?r=FE You needed the M2 because it and some M3s had another lug on the side of the body to hook the plate onto. The problem with it was that it took too long to take it off and load film. I actually owned one in 1974.

  • David

    this is actually useful if you already have two lenses so you carry less while shooting

  • Charcot

    I’ve owned one and if you’re doing street photography it’s great.  So to those that think it’s dumb – great don’t use one.  I have and it was a God send
    ernie

  • noss

    :D or LOL? :)

  • Mr.New

    Summicron 35/2, VC Nokton 35/1.4, 40/1.4 and many Leica lenses are quite short. Noctilux and VC Nokton 50/1.1 is quite fat. So, the concept doesn’t work quite well for many m-mount lenses.

  • Mr.New

    Summicron 35/2, VC Nokton 35/1.4, 40/1.4 and many Leica lenses are quite short. Noctilux and VC Nokton 50/1.1 is quite fat. So, the concept doesn’t work quite well for many m-mount lenses.

  • http://twitter.com/Myrddon Henning Nilsen

     The 28mm elmarit-m would be the BEST tripod ever.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Is it April 1st again?

  • http://www.skinnerphotographs.com Skinner Photographs

    Now I don’t have to look like an idiot when screwing my M8 to the top of a Red Bull can

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  • Sony is Minolta unfortch

    I don’t know what’s more retarded, the lack of common sense in your comment or the actual product itself.

  • Sony is Minolta unfortch

    I don’t know what’s more retarded, the lack of common sense in your comment or the actual product itself.

  • Sony is Minolta unfortch

    I don’t know what’s more retarded, the lack of common sense in your comment or the actual product itself.