Remark: This is mainly intended to test and use a variety of lenses and not does not replace a full conversion of such a lens (adding iris, focusing, camera mount), as it allows to switch lenses in seconds using an Allen wrench.
Works from infinity (depending on lens back focal length) to very closeup. Setscrews allow to calibrate the infinity position. The basic idea is to allow the lens to "dive into" the larger helicoid, hence quite a short optical length can be achieved using such a contraption, also for lenses with shorter focal and back focal length.
Lens --> Lens Adapter to M65 --> M65 to M42 Helicoid --> M42 to Camera mount Adapter (the latter two may be just one M65 --> camera mount X)
It is not a slim elegant and lightweight solution, but the benefits are:
- no lens modification needed
- non rotating front for sunshade/filter (needs additional clamp holder)
- accepts a variety of lens types and lens diameters, switch within seconds
- mount may hold ND filter (better in front though using variable ND filter) or an adjustable iris
- allows a variety of camera mounts (M42, Nikon-F, Sony-E, Canon EF, m4/3, Hasselblad V, Mamiya 645 etc.)
- needs only about 15mm net optical length (plus camera register) for lens diameter 62.5mm or smaller
- safes money and time for not having to go to the gym, as it is quite heavy :-)
Those two adapter rings (front and back) are made by Rafcamera.com based on my design. Front one has three hex nut setscrews which hold the lens in place and allows to adjust infinity focus (if the lens has enough back focal length) Rafcamera offers several camera adapter rings for the rear, incl. Nikon-F, Sony-E, m4/3, Hasselblad, Mamiya 645 etc. Orders may be done directly through their site Rafcamera.com or through amazon.com (I have no connections with Rafcamera except that I'm a happy customer...) That M65 helicoid is made in China and may be found on ebay.
[my name is on the rings was a curtesy of rafcamera and is a non standard feature]
I have written about using such helicoids previously HERE
Stay tuned, more will follow on that fascinating subject...