Many people here will remember emailing me, or posting messages, towards the end of last year about our Contax to LTM adapter project. This update will also be posted on the rangefinder forum, and hopefully the Beststuff forum. <p> The aim is to manufacture a short run of Contax to LTM adapters. By using donor Kiev lens mounts we hope to keep machining - and hence costs - to a minimum.<p> This is just a short email to update everyone on:<p> 1: who's interested in subscribing<p> 2: funding! Whether we'll need any money, and if so when.<p> 3: Harry Geron's progress so far on fashioning a prototype<p> 4: Whether we can find an expert to work closely with a machinist, most probably SK Grimes.<p> Do feel free to email me with your thoughts. I intend to co-ordinate our efforts, although we will need other technical experts. FYI, I'm in the UK.<p> 1: SUBSCRIBERS<p> Those who've asked to be involved so far are as follows: Chris Chen, Oscar Reina, Harry Geron, Paul Trynka, Carlin Meyer, Brian Sweeney, David Berger, Andrew Lee, William Barnett-Lewis, Ashley Edworthy, Anthony Oresteen, Sheldon Hambrick, Jim McBride, George Verbryck, Johnson Cheung, Roger Michel, Leo Cristoffer, Bob Shell, Roberto Carmeli, Joseph P Long, Parlin 44, André Chor. NB, I need an email address for Leo Cristoffer, if anyone has one, please tell me.<p> 2: FUNDING<p> Are present this is a feasibility exercise, so no funding is necessary. When Harry has fashioned a mock-up for us to send to a machinist, we will then make at least one prototype. Envisaged cost: $300-500. If this is the case, I will ask everyone to contribute circa $25 towards running costs.<p> Once we've successfully made a prototype(s) we will then do a small production run. More about this later!<p> 3: PROGRESS SO FAR<p> Harry has done some work on one Kiev lens mount, and has a second Kiev mount to use if necessary. His most recent update:" I have all my materials and have made some preliminary lathe operations but want to be more precise. I think I can make a working model rather than a rough prototype." <p> 4: SK GRIMES LIAISON<p> SK Grimes reckon this project is within their capabilities, and agree that using salvaged Kiev mounts will cut out the bulk of the machining. They also confirm that a short production run, of 10-30 units, will cut down the unit costs considerably.<p> This is as far as we've got with them so far. If any of you know of a better company with whom we should proceed, please make your suggestions now! Whatever the company, we need someone who's technically literate to liaise with them and Harry (even if this is by post). SK Grimes are in Rhode Island, so ideally we need someone with technical knowledge, who's in that area. Duties might include testing the prototype to see that it works.<p> IF YOU THINK YOU CAN PERFORM THE TECHNICAL LIAISON AND HELP MAKE THIS PROJECT HAPPEN, PLEASE EMAIL ME ASAP!<p> Other points: We want this adapter to work with both internal and external mount Contax lenses, and this does look feasible. If the situation changes, I will update. Secondly, if we get to the initial production run, we will need more Kiev mounts. THis should be simple, as we've already had offers of around 10 spare mounts. I suspect that we might be better off using pre-1970s Kiev mounts, as these are more accurately made. This type has the distance markings engraved both at the side, and at the front, of the mount. Of course, if you want a higher-class adaptor, you are also welcome to send a Contax mount.