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Hacking Leica digital lens coding

Posted 30 November, 2006 in Camera Hacking & DIY

As I posted previously [1, 2], Leica have a coding scheme for their lenses so that the new digital M8 body can automatically identify the mounted lens. It turns out that you can use a marker to code the lenses rather than paying Leica US $120 per lens for six dots of paint. You can use the same method to trick the body into thinking you have a different lens mounted than you actually do.

Check out this how-to by Mike Prevette on the Leica user forums for details.

Via Auspicious Dragon Photostream

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Leica digital lens code database…

There’s now a growing database of Leica’s lens codes for use on the M8. Why pay $120 and wait 6–8 weeks to have Leica code your lenses when you can do it yourself with a marker?

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