does canon 35 mm slr lens fit into EOS DSLR s?

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pdgupta
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does canon 35 mm slr lens fit into EOS DSLR s?
Feb 19, 2008

I do have two queries:

1.Does any AF lens of Canon 35mm film SLR fit into any Canon Digital SLR seamlessly?

2.If one does so, will he get all the functionalities of the lens fitted into a DSLR?

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Re: does canon 35 mm slr lens fit into EOS DSLR s?
In reply to pdgupta, Feb 19, 2008

"EF" lenses, yes. EF lenses are newer electronic lenses. old "F-mount" lenses will not work.

if the lens was designed for a canon EOS camera, it will work.

you will have 100% functionality

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Re: does canon 35 mm slr lens fit into EOS DSLR s?
In reply to SNGX1327, Feb 20, 2008

Thanks for the reply.

But can you please tell me which model of Canon 35 mm Film SLR contain an EF mount lens ?
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Canon AF film lenses since 1987 are EOS (EF series)
In reply to pdgupta, Feb 20, 2008

EF lenses fit film, full frame D-SLR and crop D-SLR.
Note: EFs lenses are lenses that only fit 1.6x crop D-SLRs.

Click on the line-up selector at the top of this page to see the various EF lenses made:
http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/camera/lens/ef/standard_zoom.html

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Re: does canon 35 mm slr lens fit into EOS DSLR s?
In reply to pdgupta, Feb 20, 2008

Older bodies, Ftb, F1 up to T90 and other T models have an FD mount and won't accept EF lenses.

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Re: does canon 35 mm slr lens fit into EOS DSLR s?
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Any lens you have that fits a canon 35mm with 'EOS' in it's name will fit any canon digital SLR with EOS in it's name.
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The simple answer...
In reply to pdgupta, Feb 21, 2008

...is any Canon SLR with autofocus. In other words, any EOS camera. Actually there was at least one EOS camera that didn't have autofocus but never mind that...

(Truth be told there are actually one or two very oddball FD-mount Canon SLRs from the very end of the manual-focus era that could accept some rather peculiar FD-mount autofocus lenses but these can be ignored for any practical purpose.)

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Re: does canon 35 mm slr lens fit into EOS DSLR s?
In reply to pdgupta, Feb 21, 2008

Basically any Canon 35mm SLR made since 1987 will work with the DSLRs. Just make sure you're camera says EOS or that your lens has EF in it's name, i.e EF 50mm 1:1.8 would be an old EF lens that still fits all of Canon's current lineup
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Easy... look at the joining end of the lens
In reply to Redteg94, Feb 21, 2008

The older lenses that won't work with EOS cameras (EOS cameras started around 1990, maybe a bit earlier till today) have what is called a bayonet mount at the end of the lens, metal sticks out and goes into the camera body. EOS lenses have electonic points at the end of the lens, designed to touch the appropriate camera body location; nothing sticking out.

Just goggle Canon Camera museum, hang on I have the link for you:

http://www.canon.com/camera-museum/
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Depends...
In reply to pdgupta, Feb 21, 2008

As far as I know, only EF series lenses will fit the Canon DSLR bodies.

I understand you can get a converter to make the older lenses fit, but you may lose AF.

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Re: Depends...
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Thanks all for providing such important updates.

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FD to EF Convertor
In reply to jonlee1, Mar 29, 2008

jonlee1 wrote:

As far as I know, only EF series lenses will fit the Canon DSLR bodies.

I understand you can get a converter to make the older lenses fit,
but you may lose AF.

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Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right!

A quick google will find some FD to EF convertors but is not clear to me what one loses in the process of using a convertor.

Autofocus and vibration reduction would clearly be lost, but what about auto aperture setting? Can one still use a DLSR 'Program' mode or a shutter priority setting and have the convertor also set the aperture on the FD lens?

I understand too, that the convertor has some optics and that the 50mm lens (35 mm eqivalent) will also change on the digital format. Does one still get a full frame image?

And given that the convertor has optics, there are no doubt some convertors that are better than others (from an image perspective).

Does anyone know how common convertors are to buy and where they might have been reviewed? Better still, does anyone have a recommendation and est. price?

I have a number of FD lenses for my AE-1 + program that I'd like to use on the new DLSR bodies rather than have to buy a new set of lenses.

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Re: FD to EF Convertor
In reply to rry, Mar 29, 2008

rry wrote:

A quick google will find some FD to EF convertors but is not clear to
me what one loses in the process of using a convertor.

You either loose infinity focus (with anything beyond a few metres being in the infinity range) because the converter will act like a short extension tube. Or you loose all optical qualities because the converter (the second kind) will act like a short but shoddy teleconverter (the optics have some similarity with a coke bottle bottom)... There is one good one (the canon origical FD to EF converter) but that only fits some long telephoto FD lenses and it's priced as if it were made from pure gold.

Autofocus and vibration reduction would clearly be lost, but what

There are no FD lenses that offer either.

about auto aperture setting? Can one still use a DLSR 'Program'
mode or a shutter priority setting and have the convertor also set
the aperture on the FD lens?

No.

I understand too, that the convertor has some optics and that the
50mm lens (35 mm eqivalent) will also change on the digital format.
Does one still get a full frame image?

Yes.

I have a number of FD lenses for my AE-1 + program that I'd like to
use on the new DLSR bodies rather than have to buy a new set of
lenses.

The only ones really worthwile keeping in use are macro lenses with an converter that doesn't include optics (any more)...
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