As seen on DPReview, vk Photo's homebrew NEX - 9x12 plate adapter allows the melding of technology that is separated by a century. It is actually very similar to the system I use for commercial still life, the main difference is that my camera sits on a 4x5 camera via a sliding adapter.
The moral of the story? If you can adapt it, you can use it. And most decent old lenses are still good enough today.