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Nikkor 8mm Fisheye On A Leica M Type 240

The Joy Of Mirrorless Cameras

The inside of a washing machine drum, photographed on a fisheye lens. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian Shot using a Nikkor 8mm Fisheye lens on a Leica M (Type 240), using a Novoflex Nikon to Leica M adapter.

The inside of a washing machine drum, photographed on a fisheye lens. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian
Shot using a Nikkor 8mm Fisheye lens on a Leica M (Type 240), using a Novoflex Nikon to Leica M adapter.

One of the joys of mirrorless cameras is the ability to mount practically every lens made by every manufacturer, using the appropriate adapter. The Leica M rangefinder, being the mother of all mirrorless cameras (going back to 1954), made the perfect camera to try out my old, vintage Nikkor 8mm f8 fisheye lens. Especially as the camera has a full frame sensor so can display the circular fisheye perfectly. With the Leica M (Type 240)’s Live View, the camera was ideal.

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Photographing the inside of a Bosch washing machine drum. Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Photographing the inside of a Bosch washing machine drum. Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 07, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

My favourite lens adapters are made by Novoflex (available in the UK from Speed Graphic). With a lot of research and help from the wise folks at the Leica Users Forum, we deduced that the Nikkor would fit (it has a very deep rear element. When used on an SLR, the mirror has to be locked up before the lens is mounted).

***DISCLAIMER – you need to realise that mounting any non standard lens to your camera has it’s own risks. Do your research carefully as you will have to take full responsibility if anything goes wrong! I am not liable for any mistakes, accidents or damage and do not encourage you to try this!***

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

These are early days and I’m going to explore using this circular fisheye, but I wanted to share the journey so far. The only proper picture I’ve made so far is the washing machine drum, but there will be more to come, so keep an eye on my Flickr page!

More Nikkor 8mm Fisheye on Leica pictures HERE.

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. The stairwell. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Nikkor 8mm Fisheye Lens On Leica M (Type 240) Test, using Novoflex adapter. The stairwell. London. July 06, 2014. Photo: Edmond Terakopian

Commended; Nikon Videographer Of The Year

UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards 2013

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Kate Silverton at the Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Kate Silverton at the Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Huge congratulations to all the winners at the UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards evening at the Honourable Artillery Company in London. Some truly amazing photography was shown, recognised and appreciated.

Edmond Terakopian with his commended award for the Nikon Videographer of the Year category. The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

Edmond Terakopian with his commended award for the Nikon Videographer of the Year category. The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

The Picture Editors Guild Awards 2013. The Honourable Artillery Company, London. November 04, 2013. Photo: Nick Ray | http://www.nickrayphotography.co.uk

I’m pleased to say I made the shortlist and was commended in the Nikon Videographer of the Year category for my short documentary film on the Electric Coffee Company in Ealing, west London.

There will be an exhibition of the photographs (sadly not including the short films) at the Museum of London, from today (November 6th) to the 16th of March 2014. For more details please visit their website.

Many thanks to the fabulous Nick Ray for providing some photographs from the evening.

On a technical note, the video was shot using a Leica M (Type 240) and Leica lenses. For more details on the tools used, please see my earlier post on this.

Finalist In The UK Picture Editors’ Guild Awards

Nikon Videographer of the Year Finalist, 2013

Thrilled to share that I’m a finalist in the UK Picture Editors’ Guild  Videographer Of The Year category. The film was a feature on a privately owned speciality cafe in Ealing called the Electric Coffee Company. The awards evening is on November 4th, so please keep your fingers crossed!

The film was my first ever using the new Leica M (Type 240) and also the first time using the very useful Manfrotto 561BHDV Fluid Monopod with Head.

My First Leica M (Type 240) Video

Short Film On The Electric Coffee Company

Electric Coffee Company (FilmConvert Grade) from Edmond Terakopian on Vimeo.

Pleased to share my first short film shot entirely on the new Leica M (Type 240) camera. For the project at the Electric Coffee Company, I used the Leica 28mm Summicron ASPH, 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE and 50mm Noctilux ASPH, with some of the closeup shots being done with the aid of a Leica OUFRO macro adapter. Interview audio was done on a Roland R26 and Rode lavalier microphone. The reportage shots were all done using a Manfrotto 561BHDV video monopod and the interview was shot on a Gitzo video tripod. I also used a Lee RF75 filter holder and Lee ND filters for some shots.

I do hope you like the film, and if you have, would really appreciate if you could vote for it in the Film Convert competition; it’s just one click without registration needed. Thanks.

The editing was done on Apple’s FCP X with several shots being graded in Color by colourist Neil Patience. The final film then had it’s final grading done using Film Convert.