Tuesday, 1 February 2011

Slow updates, sorry.

As I have started working at DEMA (Danish Emergency Management Agency) I might not update the blog as often as I would like.

If you have any suggestions with regards to topics; comment, and I will take a look at them and try and write a post on it.


  1. Hi, I found Your blog while searching for an answer to an issue... I have an old Praktica BC1 with 50mm and 70-210mm lenses. I'm about to buy an Olympus E-PL1, and on some sites I saw that exists a Pentacon 6/Kiev 60 to Micro 4/3 adapter.
    I cannot find a straight answer on the possibility to use it and mount my Pentacon lenses on the new Olympus camera, or if Pentacon 6 lenses are a different thing altogether...
    May You help me?
    Thank You very much!
    Andrea Costa

  2. In most cases, an adapter can be purchased and fitted between the lenses and the camera.

    However this may involve certain problems:
    - If the flange focal distance is not the same, it will not have the full focus capability of the lens.
    - Usually there will be no automatic functions i.e. focus or aperture.
    - The back of the lens may protrude inside the camera, causing damage to the mirror.

    These are only a few of the disadvantages of using lenses that are not fitted with your camera's proprietary lens-mount.
    If you do not know what you are doing, you can cause damage to both camera and lens.
    Another thing worth considering is, what are you going to use the lens for, if you are using old, manual lenses, you will need a lot of time and often many attempts to get the perfect focus and aperture, as modern DSLR's are not adept at manual focus.

    I know that you requested a definite answer, but honestly I cannot give you one, fitting old lenses to modern cameras is not an accurate science, it is trial and error.

    If you have the stomach for it, you can buy a cheap adapter of eBay and give it a try, but remember that you could cause damage to your camera or lens.