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I am new here to this forum but am ready to buy a digital SLR camera.I am looking at the Cannon Rebe 10 -12 megapixel or the Nikon D80.I have way more 35 mm SLR cannon lenses & just a few Nikon's..

I was told in a store that you can't use the old lenses on the digital SLR's but have since talked to several people that told me that is not true.Do you all use your 35 mm SLR lenses with you digital SLR?.

And while I am at it which is better for macro photos the cannon or the Nikon?.

My 1st digital camera is the Nikon 4500 Cool Pix..

I have had it for a very long time (like a point and shoot but w/ lots of features)..

I hate to just let those cannon lenses I have just sit in the basement collecting dust if they can be used..

Thanks.Kimmy316..

Comments (7)

Step 1: Find a new store .

Canon's will take all EF lenses. They won't take the old (80's and older) non-autofocus FD mount lenses however. The only gotcha that the new digital (EF-S) lenses will not fit in a full-frame (1Ds/5D) or old film camera..

Nikon has a similar situation, with some cameras (like the D40) unable to use classic Nikon lenses. I don't remember the specifics of that mount to fully comment..

Sony cameras will take the old Minolta lenses..

I use all full-frame EF mount lenses on my digital SLR (5D). I also used to use them with the old 300D, but that has the crop factor applied (like all of the Rebel and xxD series)..

I think both Nikon and Canon have reached some equal footing in macro shooting. But I don't actively use Nikon equipment, so can't fully comment..

Kimmy316 wrote:.

I am new here to this forum but am ready to buy a digital SLR camera.I am looking at the Cannon Rebe 10 -12 megapixel or the Nikon D80.I have way more 35 mm SLR cannon lenses & just a few Nikon's.I was told in a store that you can't use the old lenses on thedigital SLR's but have since talked to several people that told methat is not true.Do you all use your 35 mm SLR lenses with you digital SLR?.

And while I am at it which is better for macro photos the cannon orthe Nikon?.

My 1st digital camera is the Nikon 4500 Cool Pix.I have had it for a very long time (like a point and shoot but w/lots of features).I hate to just let those cannon lenses I have just sit in thebasement collecting dust if they can be used..

Thanks.Kimmy316..

Comment #1

Theatrus wrote:.

Step 1: Find a new store .

Most stores don't want to admit there are adapters on eBay or through other channels. The adapters are not expensive and the stores can't sell you a new lens..

Canon's will take all EF lenses. They won't take the old (80's andolder) non-autofocus FD mount lenses however. The only gotcha thatthe new digital (EF-S) lenses will not fit in a full-frame (1Ds/5D)or old film camera..

Adaptors for Canon also take manual focus lenses - Contax/Yashica, Nikon, Olympus OM, Leica R, Pentax 42 Screw Mount or Pentax K Lenses.

Http://www.cameraquest.com/adaptnew.htm.

Nikon has a similar situation, with some cameras (like the D40)unable to use classic Nikon lenses. I don't remember the specifics ofthat mount to fully comment..

Nikon bodies lower numbered than the D80 lack an in body focus motor. So those AF lenses that do not have an in body focus motor will need manual focus?.

Sony cameras will take the old Minolta lenses..

Sony cameras take old Minolta AF lenses..

There are eBay adapters for Sony DSLR that take manual focus Minolta lenses but there is a glass element which degrades IQ slightly..

I use all full-frame EF mount lenses on my digital SLR (5D). I alsoused to use them with the old 300D, but that has the crop factorapplied (like all of the Rebel and xxD series)..

When you use old film lenses AF or MF on a digital body that is not 35mm size, you have crop factors..

Adapters for Olympus Four Thirds take Contax/Yashica, Nikon, Leica R, Pentax 42 Screw Mount, Pentax K, Minolta MD, Exakta, and Topcon and OM manual focus lenses..

And while I am at it which is better for macro photos the cannon orthe Nikon?.

Are you talking about the kit lens that comes with the DSLR? Otherwise, nearly all DSLR have removable lenses so macro is not an issue. Those DSLR that allow clunky style Live View on the LCD allow you to put the camera on a tripod and offer very good sighting and manual focussing. A tilt LCD also helps when it is on a tripod..

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Comment #2

Older Canon FD lenses won't hook up to an autofocus Canon body..

Every lens Nikon has made since 1959 will hook up to a Nikon body. The only warning is that a D80 or above you must do a $25 modification to any lens made before 1977. It's called an AI conversion. For D40 or D60, that modification is not needed..

With the D40 and D60, you can not autofocus with anything but AFI or AFS lenses. There are plenty of those. The older lenses will not auto meter..

With the D80, you can auto focus any auto focus lens. You can't meter with AIS or older lenses that don't have a built in CPU, but the lens will hook up with an AI conversion..

With a D200 or D300 or better, you can autofocus any AF lens and meter with any lens going back to 1977. You can meter with any lens back to 1959 with that AI conversion..

There's one caveat. There are one or maybe two exotic fisheyes from a long time ago that actually protrude into the mirror box on modern Nikon cameras. They will cause damage. I doubt you could find one if you tried, but they do exist in some collectors basement somewhere. Also, there were some F3AF lenses made only for that camera that won't hook up with anything but that camera. Again, rare..

Other brands, I'm not sure about. I've got Nikon lenses going back to the late 1960s that I often use today..

Cheers, Craig..

Comment #3

Thank you for all the comments..

Yes, I thought the same thing this sales dept sees $$ signs on new glass for a camera & the money could really get up there for all that I would want.Very good info..

Another maybe dumb question but the nikon portrait lense 35 mm does a great job on the D 80 (my friend has it and used it for all the yr. book photos w/ the portrait setting). Does Cannon have a similiar lense?.

When using all the older non stable lenses is it a must to use the tripod?I really prefer hand holding..

Thanks...

Comment #4

Kimmy316 wrote:.

Thank you for all the comments.Yes, I thought the same thing this sales dept sees $$ signs on newglass for a camera & the money could really get up there for all thatI would want.Very good info..

Another maybe dumb question but the nikon portrait lense 35 mm does agreat job on the D 80 (my friend has it and used it for all the yr.book photos w/ the portrait setting). Does Cannon have a similiarlense?.

Canon has a nice 35mm set. The f/2 is affordable, the f/1.4L fantastic at a price..

When using all the older non stable lenses is it a must to use thetripod?I really prefer hand holding..

No, hardly. The rules as film shooting apply - hold it steady, maintain a decent shutter speed (much easier since you can change the ISO on the fly), and have fast lenses..

Thanks...

Comment #5

Guidenet wrote:.

There's one caveat. There are one or maybe two exotic fisheyes from along time ago that actually protrude into the mirror box on modernNikon cameras. They will cause damage. I doubt you could find one ifyou tried, but they do exist in some collectors basement somewhere..

I saw a 6mm Nikkor fisheye on Ebay a few months ago. $38,000..

It should be noted that metering and autofocus aren't as absolutely essential as you might think. You can guess the exposure, shoot, check the histogram, and adjust accordingly with lenses that won't meter. You also get the focus-confirmation light with lenses that won't autofocus...

Comment #6

I would like to stay around the $900 amount w/ the 200 mm lense package and the rebel fits that price...

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