Schneider 45mm f/2.8 Xenar to Leica M mount Conversion – By Ellis Ley

I had a request from my friend Ollie to look into some possible donor cameras he had to make a new conversion.

The final lens can be seen above, but the pre-existing parts and optics came from a Balda Baldamatic II; a German rangefinder manufactured from 1958-1962. This version sported the Schneider Xenar 45mm f/2.8; a surprisingly sharp lens with sliding DOF scale markers, similar to some Hasselblad lenses.