Omnar Lenses conversions (Pic: Omnar Lenses)
The conversions can turn lenses from 35mm SLRs or compacts into fully rangefinder-coupled lenses for Leica M-mount cameras (All pics: Omnar Lenses)

Omnar Lenses and Skyllaney Opto-Mechanics have announced a new lens conversion service which will convert any non-rangefinder lens to a coupled lens for Leica M-mount cameras.

The lenses use the same platform as the Omnar CN26-6 lens adapted from a Canon point-and-shoot lens.

In a press release, the companies said: “Rather than batch conversions, these lens conversions are one-offs and make use of some of the mechanical parts of the original lens.

“Skylanney Opto-Mechanics are offering this service to customers who either have a working lens that they would prefer to use on an M-mount camera or who have lenses with various mechanical issues that could be fixed by changing the mount and focusing helical.”

The conversion process can be carried on a number of lenses including the 42mm Summar, 50mm Sonnar, 28mm Tessar, 35mm Biometar, 40mm Rollei, 21mm Biogon. According to Omar and Skyllaney, any lens measuring 8mm to 52.4mm in focal length can be converted.

Converted carl Jeiss Jena lens and Leica MP (The conversions can turn lenses from 35mm SLRs or compacts into fully rangefinder-coupled lenses for Leica M-mount cameras (Pic Omnar Lenses)

The process includes adapting the lens to fit the new Omnar housing, as well as machining of the rangefinder cam so that it will focus exactly as normal on Leica M-mount cameras (including M-mount Voigtlander and Zeiss Ikon cameras).

The process also includes:

  • A high precision, all brass helicoid system designed and manufactured here in the United Kingdom.
  • Laser-engraved focus ring with your choice of metric or imperial distance increments.
  • All brass finger tab.
  • A clean, lubrication, and adjustment (CLA) of your existing optical block.
  • A choice of Antique Brassing, House Black Matte or House Gloss Black on the new conversion parts (does not include re-paint of existing parts on the optical block such as aperture rings).
  • One-year warranty on all parts and work.

Examples of Omnar Lernses (Pic: Omanr Lenses)

Lens conversions costs from £1,249, including the choice of colour, with work on the lenses taking between eight and 12 weeks.

More information can be obtained by emailing or visiting the Omnar Lenses or Skyllaney websites.

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