I've been playing around with a few photographic acessories recently and one thing that has proved to be a lot of fun is an adapter ring that allows me to attach our old K-mount Pentax lenses to my Canon DSLR body.
They cost under a tenner and there are two types - one for fully manual lenses and another for auto. The auto type won't give full automation but it will give confirmation of focus points. With either type, I can set the body to aperture priority mode and I will get automatic shutter speed selection. I've bought a couple of the auto ones (at the front of the photo above) and a standard one. Actually, I'm not too bothered about focus confirmation, but it means you can focus in the dark, should you need to, so it may come in useful at some time or other, you never know.
Apart from 4 Pentax lenses, Mischa also has a superb 105mm Sigma Macro with a K-mount, which is now getting a new lease of life.
Next, I'll snag an M42 adapter and try it with an old 50mm Praktika lens we also have. All of this has got me thinking about exploring some of the old Pentax Takumar and Zeiss lenses, which can be had for peanuts and have beautifully rich colours and superb contrast.
I wish I'd have kept my Nikon lenses but they wouldn't be much good to me now as my Lumix camera takes micro 4/3 lenses.
Which Lumix are you using Martin?
I would like to know as well. I have the GX8 and G80. Lenses are 14-140mm, 12-60mm, 45-175mm, 25 f1.7. Got the FL360L flash, and the Meike 320. The Meike is brilliant for the price, and I like the battery level meter on it. I wish that the Lumix FL360L had that function too. I have been looking at some additional lenses, and even the new G9, but I am in control of my GAS at the moment. The G80 and GX8 cover just about all my needs.
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Since I wrote the thread starter, the postman has been delivering a seemingly constant stream of packages containing items of a circular nature. Lenses, adapters, caps, filters etc. Four today! Best deal yet was a pair of Zeiss lenses - a 50mm, 1:1.8 and a 135mm, 1:2.8 in utterly mint,as new condition for £7.50 (with a free camera!)
I think it's probably just my age that fools people into thinking I'm a grown-up.
I've just sold all my Nikon gear and got a Panasonic GX80 , I was aware of the adapter but the Nikkor lenses wouldn't look right on the Lumix.
Hi Barry, how do you rate the GX80? I'm looking for a new camera for the Mrs ...
I did a lot of research and waiting for the right camera to come along that fits the bill , not too small , not too expensive and it must have the ability to produce great images . I've had 5 DSLR and inbetween changes I've wanted to go Micro Four Thirds but the right camera never came along until now . Its perfect . The dual image stabilizer is brilliant (in body and lens double up) , your wife would need to pick one up to get the feel , most important I've gone to buy in the past until I've actually held a camera and instantly not liked it. The Panasonic can use Olympus lenses which is a plus but the dual IS will not work.
Sounds fab Barry. Which lenses are you using? The wife would probably want a single lens with reasonable zoom, 28-100 ish - is that out of the question with such a camera?
Mine came with a 12-32mm I do have a 30-100 also , if she isn't going to swap lenses a camera with a fixed zoom may be a better bet. The Panasonic TZ range are very good the TZ100 is an excellent camera and with the TZ200 coming out soon the price will come down.
The GX9 does not replace either its taken on and improved upon the GX8 and pinched the best bits of the GX80 mainly the size and screen , I would imagine the GX8 will go first as its a much older model .