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Lens thread size (does one size fit all)?
I found what I think is a good deal on a Canon EOS Rebel, but it doesn't come with a lens. I'd like to get the camera for my wife, and I know *nothing* about them. I'm rather photographically challenged..

Anyway, I have an old Pentax or Chinon CM-5 (I think that's what it is. The piece that has the brand is missing). It's my wife's film camera, and it has several lenses. I'd like to know if they'll fit on a Canon camera. I was talking to a friend, and he said something about the thread size. How do I know what that is (or where can I find it)?.

If they're not the same, is there some kind of adaptor I can buy?.

If there is, what might be the draw-backs?..

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No. camera lens mounts are VERY specific to the camera maker..

Even at that, Canon changed their lens mount back in the mid-1980's...

Comment #1

Harrybutts wrote:.

I found what I think is a good deal on a Canon EOS Rebel, but itdoesn't come with a lens. I'd like to get the camera for my wife,and I know *nothing* about them. I'm rather photographicallychallenged..

Anyway, I have an old Pentax or Chinon CM-5 (I think that's what itis. The piece that has the brand is missing). It's my wife's filmcamera, and it has several lenses. I'd like to know if they'll fiton a Canon camera. I was talking to a friend, and he said somethingabout the thread size. How do I know what that is (or where can Ifind it)?.

If they're not the same, is there some kind of adaptor I can buy?.

If there is, what might be the draw-backs?.

As Howard said (above) old Pentax or Chinon lenses won't fit on a Canon camera. The 'thread size' is different and is simply the diameter of the screw thread around the front lens element that is used to screw filters into place if you need them..

Which camera is it? There are several members of the Rebel series - in chronological order the XT (which was obsolete 2 - 3 years ago), the XTi (which has just been discontinued) and the XSi (the new one). Check which model it is: I would not expect to pay much for an XT without a lens, but if you can get one at a low price it would be an excellent starting point..

If you want a lens to go with it there are plenty available. The simplest option is probably the Canon EFS 18-55 IS lens, which is the current version of the lens that comes as standard with the cheaper Canon DSLRs. It is cheap and pretty good general purpose lens and will do fine to start with..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #2

Thanks for the info, Mike..

It doesn't say. It only says, "Canon EOS 6.3MP Digital Rebel Camera." In the lower right (where the model is) it just reads Rebel -or that's all I can make out. I searched Canon's site, but I didn't see it..

I'd guess it to be the (300D?) XT or XTi. Shouldn't that be good for a few years? I don't have a ton of $$ to spend, but I'd like something decent..

The asking price is 250. I remember looking at the same thing (I think) around Christmas, and it was 500...

Comment #3

That would be a 300d. I'd take a look at closed auctions on Ebay and see if that is a fair price for just the body. IT strikes me as reasonable, but not a fantastic deal given that SLRs have finite life spans and this one has no warranty. As for the lens, I'd look for a used canon 18-55. Several of the rebels came as kit only and people end up selling off the kit lens and upgrading later...

Comment #4

Thanks for the advice. I looked on Ebay, and with an 18-55mm Lens, the bids are already at 300. They may have a bag or memory card included, but I don't need those (I have them)..

The used 18-55mm Lenses don't look to be that expensive. It's always something I can buy later, when I have the $$...

Comment #5

Harrybutts wrote:.

Thanks for the advice. I looked on Ebay, and with an 18-55mm Lens,the bids are already at 300. They may have a bag or memory cardincluded, but I don't need those (I have them)..

The used 18-55mm Lenses don't look to be that expensive. It's alwayssomething I can buy later, when I have the $$..

I think reatil on those is only maybe 100-130 bucks. If you can find the IS version, even better, but they will cost more..

Alternately, the canon 50mm 1.8 is a really nice lens image quality wise, probably 60-70 bucks used. will give much better images than the 18-55, but at the expense of flexibility...

Comment #6

B&H photo in New York (well regarded and frequently recommended on this site) have new Nikon D40 + 18-55mm kit lens for $470 with free shipping, and being new it will have a full guarantee:.

Http://www.bhphotovideo.com/...16-REG/Nikon_25420_D40_SLR_Digital_Camera.html.

...for the amount of money you are considering, that's what I would get..

Best wishesMike..

Comment #7

Thanks for the info/support, y'all. I did end up buying the Canon EOS 300. It may be out of date, but it's what I was looking for -I think. I hope my wife likes it..

Thanks again for the help. I'm glad I found this site. There's a ton of info (seemingly too much for a rookie like me), and I've learned a lot. I'll be back with more questions, I'm sure. ..

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