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Match Technical Coder Kit

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Available in two versions: L 3.0 for Leica Lenses and CV/Z 1.0 for Zeiss or Voigtlander Lenses

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An innovative design solution provides Leica M8 and M9 series users with a simple method for temporarily adding Leica's lens code to any M mount lens, allowing the Leica M8, M8.2, M8U or M9 to identify the lens type.
There are two versions of Coder Kit now available. Our Coder Kit for Leica lenses has been updated and the NEW version L 3.0 is now shipping. The NEW Coder Kit CV/Z 1.0 includes our first D-Coder data wheel for Zeiss or Voigtlander lens owners. This data set will provide the best Leica equivalent lens code for the most popular Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses.
Leica, Cosina-Voigtlander, Zeiss, and other M mount lenses can be encoded with the M-Coder clip-on marking template, using the supplied marker pen. Choosing the lens code to use for a particular lens is a simple task using the D-Coder. With our new Coder Kit L 3.0 or Coder Kit CV/Z 1.0, you can also select the Leica Lens Product Number from the D-Coder data wheel. The Lens Product Number will allow you to input this data into the M9 using the built in M9 software.
Also new on the Coder Kit L 3.0 are the M8 and M9 framing lines that will appear with each lens when mounted on the camera, as well as the Degrees Field of View for either the M8 or M9 series cameras, for Leica, Voightlander and Zeiss lenses.
This encoding is temporary, and will not damage or permanently modify your lens in any way. On Voigtlander and Zeiss lenses, the temporary coding marks will remain for an extended period of time because of the slighlty recessed area on which the 6 bit marks are placed.
The entire encoding system is stored in a convenient case, and available from us as the Coder Kit L 3.0 or Coder Kit CV/Z 1.0. Two SD cards are shown below, but they only represent the storage space for SD cards. No SD cards are provided in the Coder Kit.
To identify a lens, the Leica M8 or M9 lens sensor reads the lens code – a series of black dots in engraved wells. New Leica lenses are manufactured with these codes, and Leica in Solms, Germany, will permanently engrave and encode older lenses without codes – but only for lenses made by themselves.

Leica M8 or M9 owners have discovered that it is possible to use a minute amount of black ink to effectively encode an M-type lens. This temporary encoding with a hand made template can be unreliable, and obtaining the correct code difficult – but all this changes using the Coder Kit L 3.0 or the Coder Kit CV/Z 1.0: the D-Coder gives you the correct code in seconds, and the M-Coder template, once clipped securely into place on the lens mount, allows you to transfer this code accurately to the lens.

Not all black inks are sensed reliably by the Leica M8 or M9, so included with both Coder Kit versions is a carefully chosen marker pen: the Zebra MO-120-MC-BK double-ended pen. As well as working reliably with the sensor, the ink is hard-wearing. The small tip is ideal for the M-Coder template, while the larger tip is suitable for increasing the size of the black mark on the M mount, if necessary. Remarkably, most M lenses can be encoded using the small tip only.
Using the Coder Kit L 3.0 or Coder Kit CV/Z 1.0, you can encode your lenses at your own convenience with no need to send of your lens and await its return – and for minimal cost.

Another advantage of temporarily encoding your own lenses with the Coder Kit L 3.0 or Coder Kit CV/Z 1.0, is the ability to experiment on your lens using codes from other lenses. This is particularly useful for non-Leica lenses such as those from Cosina-Voigtlander or Zeiss.

The D-Coder gives you more than just the Leica lens codes: it also lists the Field of View in degrees for Leica lenses, Zeiss ZM lenses and Voigtlander lenses.  

It should be noted that this method of encoding is temporary: the ink will wear off – how long this takes depends on how tight a lens mounts to a camera, and how often a lens is removed and replaced.

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