Fujinon EBC m42 lens adapt to sony NEX.. Cut or Dissasemble?

Discussion in 'Mirrorless Digital Cameras' started by darin_cozine, Nov 27, 2013.

  1. I just found a lovely Fujinon EBC lens in their somewhat proprietary M42 mount.
    For those of you who dont know, Fuji added a tab to the outside of their lens in order to relay information to the camera. This was back in the M42 screw mount days when cameras required you to manually stop down the lens in order to take the photo.
    I tried it on my NEX-M42 adapter, but the proprietary tab gets in the way and it will not mount correctly.
    Now I am in a conundrum. Do I take a dremel to the little tab and permanently cut it down, or can I disassemble the mount and reassemble it in a way that the tab is not sticking out?
    Or do I buy an older Fuji 35mm body and relegate the lens to film only use?
    If anyone has experience disassembling the lens, I would like to hear about it. I have worked on lenses before, but I prefer not to.
     
  2. In a similar situation I cut the auto-aperture pin off so it screwed into the adaptor and permitted the A-M slider to operate.... now I have a mill I probably would mill away the adaptor to accept the lens as-is.
     
  3. Chop the lens. Let's face it, it's unlikely to ever be used on a film camera.
     
  4. If you wanted to do it without modifying the lens maybe you could stack adapters? I know there are adapters like this for Fuji M42 to Canon EF and then you could put that on a simple (no electronics) EF to NEX adapter. I've never tried it but I don't see why it wouldn't work...
     
  5. Stacking adapters works fine for me. I'd also lean toward hacking the cheap adapter instead of grinding away part of a vintage lens.
     
  6. I cut a groove in the adapter that would accept the tab on the lens. I'll probably never use the lens with film but couldn't bring myself to
    cut the lens. I have a 28mm and f1.8 and f1.4 fifties and they all extremely sharp;definitely keepers.
     

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