I have 3 very nice old Telephoto lenses for an old Pentax K1000 that doesn't work good anymore, color is shot. So my wife has a new Panasonic Lumix FZ18 camera and we thought we would try to get the lenses to work on it. Considering they are 3 very nice lenses and the Lumix really doesn't have many options for professional lenses that I have found :(
Of course that doesn't work out of the box :). So I have a friend that has a machine shop, we took the far end of it and made threads on the outside of it and flushed out the inside so that the lens of the Lumix internal lens would fit through when we turned it on. Worked like a charm, we use a plastic adapter that came with the camera to take it from a larger size down to the outside ring size of the Lumix.
That works great. Problem now is that when we turn the camera on it shows a tunnel! :( I figure because the old Pentax used a mirror and didn't have its own lens, while as this camera has it's own built in lens so doesn't know what to do.
Is there anything we can do, maybe another adapter or filter, to make this work now? I hate to see 3 very very nice lenses go to waste since I can only get $15 for 'em on ebay.