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Camera upgrade - lenses issue
Hi,.

I am looking at moving from my Canon EOS500 towards a DSLR. I have with the camera two EF lenses (28-80 type III and 100-300, both USM) and a spate of older lenses that are not from Canon (some are russians, others are old Pentax) but are handy and used through adaptors..

Now I am considering my first DSLR and my budget is not massive but from the reviews I've seen I quite fancy the Olympus E510 kit (especially as in the UK currently there's 100 off the purchase price as special sale!) but I wonder if I will be able to still use my lenses with that camera - even through adaptors with limited functions as long as I can use the IS in the camera..

Or am I better off buying a body only from Canon, assuming that my EF lenses and adaptors would work with it (can you confirm that please, I find it hard to get the information by!)..

Any help appreciated!!..

Comments (16)

Your Canon EF lenses will work with any Canon DSLR.With the adapters and your other lenses, I can't say..

Also remember your EF lenses will have a cropped field of view with a non-pro Canon DSLR...

Comment #1

Your EF lenses will become 45-128 and 160-480 on a Canon Xti or whatever. On a Olympus IF they will fit they will double tgeir effective focal length using 35mm equivalents..

I very much doubt that your Canon lenses will AF and meter on an OLy even if there is an adaptor..

You could sell your existing lenses..

Chris Elliott.

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Comment #2

Which lens should I get with the canon 40d xti? Thanks Rose..

Comment #3

Which lens should I get with the canon 40d xti? Thanks Rose.

Rose, not sure which camera you mean, there's a 40D and there's an XTi..

And you say which lens, but for what purpose and at what budget? There's no one 'do everything' lens at any price..

I'm looking at getting the 40D with the Canon EF-S 17-55/2.8 IS - it appears to be the best 'walk about' zoom range lens, but it's not cheap...

Comment #4

Rose,.

I'm assuming here that you want a kind of "general purpose lens" so, in addition to the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS lens suggested by "paqman" you may also want to consider:-.

Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS - has a wider zoom range than above + is about half the price (often available as a kit with 40D)..

Sigma 18-200mm with Optical Stabilisation (OS) - wider zoom range and probably just a bit dearer than 17-85mm..

Cheaper options but still with wide zoom ranges are Sigma 18-200mm, Tamron 18-200mm & Tamron 18-250mm (all without OS)..

If it's the XTi you're getting you could even try the 18-55mm kit lens (often offered with it) for a while and then see if you want to add to it..

Final choice though depends on how you're going to use lens and what quality you want to pay for - really your decision.

Regards......Caster.

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Comment #5

Hi Rose,The Canon EF 17-40 f/4 L is a brilliant lens on a 40D.It's not cheap, but you will notice the difference over other lenses.A more economic choice could be the Sigma 17-70..

You could later add a Canon 70-200 f/4 L lens and you pretty much have all you need. With moderate use, Canon pro lenses will last a lifetime..

Regards,.

Fred Kamphueshttp://www.millhouse.nl/digitaltalk.html..

Comment #6

Thank you for your help I am looking at the rebel XTI. 400d same thing rigth it comes with a 18-55 lens would this be enough to start with? Or should I look for a deal with the 2 lenses? I want to shoot sports swim soccer irish dancing and family photos...Thanks for your help Rose..

Comment #7

Thanks I am looking for the lenses to last and probably in future upgrading body once I know jhow to use it...Rose..

Comment #8

Rose11597 wrote:.

Thank you for your help I am looking at the rebel XTI. 400d samething rigth.

The Canon Digital Rebel XTi is the same thing as the Canon EOS 400D. The Canon EOS 40D is NOT an XTi it is a newer and higher-end camera..

It comes with a 18-55 lens would this be enough to startwith? Or should I look for a deal with the 2 lenses? I want toshoot sports swim soccer irish dancing and family photos...Thanks foryour help.

The kit lens covers a focal length range sufficient for family photos ("wide angle to portrait"), but it is a slow lens it can't gather a lot of light. If it is your only lens, you will have to rely a lot on flash for indoor photos...

Comment #9

Hi Rose,.

Smart choice! Quality wise it's the lens that makes a good picture, no the camera..

It's better to have an inexpensive camera with a good lens, than the other way around..

Regards,.

Fred Kamphueshttp://www.millhouse.nl..

Comment #10

10 day old post but you didn't get much response, I'll assume you are still looking!.

Xav1 wrote:.

Hi,.

I am looking at moving from my Canon EOS500 towards a DSLR. I havewith the camera two EF lenses (28-80 type III and 100-300, both USM).

Both will work well with a DSLR, and the 100-300 in particular is quite a good lens. The one issue to be aware of is that the DSLR sensor (except on pro bodies) is smaller than 35 mm film so the field of view of your lenses will be reduced by a factor of 1.6x. The only real problem this creates is lack of wide angle - your 28 mm zoom will have a "normal" field of view on a DSLR..

So although your lenses will work and will be useful, you will also need to buy something to cover the wider end of the range. Something which starts at 17 or 18 mm is perfect, and there is now a large (in fact overwhelming) choice in this range. I would suggest a forum search as this is a very frequently discussed topic..

And a spate of older lenses that are not from Canon (some arerussians, others are old Pentax) but are handy and used throughadaptors..

If you have adapters which allow you to use these lenses on an EOS 500, the same adapters should work on a Canon DSLR..

Now I am considering my first DSLR and my budget is not massive butfrom the reviews I've seen I quite fancy the Olympus E510 kit(especially as in the UK currently there's 100 off the purchaseprice as special sale!) but I wonder if I will be able to still usemy lenses with that camera - even through adaptors with limitedfunctions as long as I can use the IS in the camera..

Using an adapter to put Canon lenses on an Olympus DSLR won't work well. The Canon bayonet fitting is larger than the 'four thirds' system which Olympus uses, so even if it were possible to get an adapter (and I suspect it may not be) it would be expensive because it would require optics to compensate for the forward-mounting of the lens. And it would change the behaviour of the lenses, e.g. by limiting the focusing range, or reducing image quality..

Or am I better off buying a body only from Canon, assuming that my EFlenses and adaptors would work with it (can you confirm that please,I find it hard to get the information by!)..

I think the answer to that has to be yes, buy another Canon...

Comment #11

Put another way, the 18-55 kit lens will be pretty worthless for sports action unless it's a bright day outdoors and you're close to the action. I also owned the 17-85 and was not impressed at the image quality..

Rose you'd need a bigger zoom for most sports. The Canon 70-300 IS is a decent choice for reasonable money (although still as much as the XTi!). Don't get the 75-300, that's junk..

It sounds like you maybe new to digital SLRs and so I'd suggest getting the camera with the 18-55 kit lens, get to know it first so you get a sense for what you need from there. The SLR world is expensive and you get what you pay for pretty much with lenses...

Comment #12

Great choices. The 17-40 will destroy the 18-55 kit lens in terms of image quality..

The 70-200/f4 is a wonderful lens...

Comment #13

No one seems to have suggested you look at a Canon 5D for the full frame so that your field of view with your older lenses will be unaffected. This is particularly important if you shoot wide angle a lot and have specific lenses you'd like to use..

I'd strongly advise you to seek advice from the Canon DSLR forums. The beginners forum may get you some advice but they will have more detailed info and people who can advise you regarding using old lenses ( I'm guessing M42 mount but tell them exactly what you have and what you want to keep )..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #14

Would the flash on the camera be enough? Or would I need a extra?.

It does come with a 18-55 lens but I wanted to get another lens more for sport photography...Thanks for your help Rose..

Comment #15

Thanks very much which lens would be good for outdoor sport photography? rose..

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