vintage

These are my loaned vintage lenses from Flo’s aunt. Her collection consists of: Canon FD 28mm 2.8, 50mm 1.8, 100mm 2.8 and Vivitar 70-150mm 3.8. Pictured on the Panasonic DMC-GX1 is the Fotodiox Canon FD to Micro 4/3 Lens Mount Adapter. The adapter works like a charm, allowing for manual aperture control and focus on the lens while the GX1 helps out with auto exposure.

The weight and feel of these vintage lenses are so unlike modern lenses. The manual aperture ring has satisfying ‘clicks’ and the manual focus ring is buttery smooth. Focusing via the LCD display takes a little getting used to. Without an EVF, you must rely on the focus assist feature. In the GX1’s case, a touch of the screen magnifies the view so you can more finely adjust focus.

The use of vintage lenses with the upcoming Olympus PEN E-P5 is even more compelling. With in-body 5 Axis Image Stabilization and focus peaking, that could really make things interesting.

I’m now very intrigued with what lenses my grandfather, a gifted photographer, had in his collection.