Classic Lenses meet Mirrorless Camera

Lumix G5 with Exakta lensWhen they were moving one of my friends found an old film camera case in her basement and knowing how much I love cameras called and asked if I wanted it. When I opened the case I saw a beautiful 1950’s Exakta 35mm film camera with two lenses—50mm and 135mm. The camera was made in East Germany and  built like a tank—I think it weighs more than all of my Micro Four-thirds bodies and lenses together.

I immediately went to Blue Moon Camera and Machine in Portland, Oregon and bought a roll of Kodak Tri-X film. Blue Moon only sells film cameras and is a great place to visit when you’re in Portland. It’s also a great place to buy old lenses that you can use on your mirrorless camera with an adapter.

Exakta 50mm lensWhen I got home I realized that it would probably be a while before I loaded and shoot the roll of film, much less took it in for processing, so I went to Google and typed in “Exakta to Micro Four-thirds adapter” and up popped several choices so I hit the buy button and it was on its way.

Tip: When you put an older lens on your Micro Four-thirds camera you need to go into the menu and change the setting that allows you to shoot without a lens. If you don’t the camera will tell you that no lens attached. You can leave the camera set this way when you switch back to regular lenses.

On my Lumix G5 the 50mm f/1.9 becomes a 100mm f/1.9, the 135mm f/3.5 becomes a 270mm F/3.5! I had Jasmine pose on our deck and voila instant 1950’s portraits! I set the camera to shoot in Monochrome mode so I could get an old fashioned look and added a little sepia in Photoshop to complete the effect.