Leica R-adapter L for the SL Typ 601 starts shipping

The Leica R-adapter L for the SL Typ 601 (for using R lenses on the SL) started shipping in the US (the price is $750).  The adapter is compatible with R lenses produced after 1976. Here is the full list of supported lenses:

  • Super-Elmarit-R 15 mm f/2.8ASPH.
  • Super-Elmar-R 15 mm f/3.5
  • Fisheye-Elmarit-R 16 mm f/2.8
  • Elmarit-R 19 mm f/2.8
  • Super-Angulon-R 21mmf/4
  • Elmarit-R 24 mm f/2.8
  • Elmarit-R 28 mm f/2.8
  • Elmarit-R 35 mm f/2.8
  • Summicron-R 35 mm f/2
  • Summilux-R 35 mm f/1.4
  • Summicron-R 50 mm f/2
  • Summilux-R 50 mm f/1.4
  • Macro-Elmarit-R 60 mm f/2.8
  • Summilux-R 80 mm f/1.4
  • Elmarit-R 90 mm f/2.8
  • APO-Summicron-R 90 mm f/2ASPH.
  • Macro-Elmar-R 100 mm f/4
  • APO-Macro-Elmarit-R 100 mm f/2.8
  • Elmarit-R 135 mm f/2.8
  • Elmar-R 180 mm f/4
  • APO-Telyt-R 180 mm f/3.4
  • Elmarit-R 180 mm f/2.8
  • APO-Elmarit-R 180 mm f/2.8
  • APO-Summicron-R 180 mm f/2
  • Telyt-R 250 mm f/4
  • APO-Telyt-R 280 mm f/4
  • Telyt-R 350 mm f/4.8
  • APO-Telyt-R 280 mmf /2.8
  • APO-Telyt-R 400 mm f/2.8
  • APO-Telyt-R 280 mm f/2.8 (Module System)
  • APO-Telyt-R 400 mm f/2.8 (Module System)
  • APO-Telyt-R 400 mm f/4 (Module System)
  • APO-Telyt-R 560 mm f/4 (Module System)
  • APO-Telyt-R 560 mm f/5.6 (Module System)
  • APO-Telyt-R 800 mm f/5.6 (Module System)
  • Vario-Elmar-R 21–35 mm f/3.5–4 ASPH.
  • Vario-Elmar-R 28–70 mm f/3.5–4.5
  • Vario-Elmarit-R 28–90 mm f/2.8–4.5 ASPH.
  • Vario-Elmar-R 35–70 mm f/4
  • Vario-Elmarit-R 35–70 mm f/2.8ASPH.
  • Vario-APO-Elmarit-R 70–180 mm f/2.8
  • Vario-Elmar-R 80–200 mm f /4
  • Vario-Elmar-R 105–280 mm f/4.2

Via Reddotforum

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  • Brennan McKissick

    Something that should have been available upon launch…

    • Les

      The speculation was that they were going to read ROM information, maybe offer aperture automation.
      This adapter does none of that, as far as anybody can tell.

  • Graeme Bunyan

    A hefty price, even by Leica standards, for an adapter with nothing more complex its seems than the M > T/SL or R > M, which retail about 40% less. Whats so special to command this price?

    • EnPassant

      It’s thicker!

    • John-F

      The hefty price might have something to do with the fact that Leica-R lenses, unlike modern SLR lenses from other makers, require a mechanical link (cams) to open and close their diaphragm blades. The extra mechanical complexity might explain (part of) the high price.

      BTW, there are many lenses in Leica-R mount missing from the above list:

      Leitz Super-Angulon-R 21mm f/3.4 (1964 – same design as Leica-M lens)
      Angenieux zoom 45-90mm f/2.8 (1969)
      Leitz Vario-Elmar 80-200mm f/4.5 (1974)
      Leitz Vario-Elmar 70-210mm f/4.0
      Leitz Vario-Elmar 75-200mm f/4.5
      Leitz MR-Telyt-R (mirror) 500mm f/8 (Minolta lens)

      Leitz/Leica Telyt-R 400mm f/6.8 (1970)
      Leitz/Leica Telyt-R 560mm f/6.8 (1976)
      Leitz 800mm f/6.3 Telyt-S (1972)

      To the best of my knowledge, I believe all three above Telyt lenses use the old preset diaphragm mechanism (i.e. not a modern automatic diaphragm).

      Also absent are two PC (T&S) lenses:
      Leitz PA Curtagon 35mm f/4.0
      Leica PC-Super-Angulon-R 28mm f/2.8
      Both PC (shift only) lenses were designed and made by Schneider Kreuznach.

      A brand new Tilt & Shift wide-angle lens for the Leica SL (z.b. PC-Super-Elmar-SL 24mm f/3.8) would be fantastic! And with the combination of mirrorless and autofocus, that would be even better!

      Not to mention a world first … 😉


  • 3foot1

    On the plus side, it comes equipped with the Leica font.

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