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What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 05, 2006 01:04PM
Not sure if that subject line makes sense or not...

I'm sitting here waiting for 3 hard drives to finish copying to 3 other hard drives and thinking about digital cameras that I can't afford.

I'm wondering...
I know some high-end digital cameras take lenses the same as earlier film cameras, in fact in some cases ( I know not which ones), you can take film camera lenses and put 'em on your digital camera.

What brands/styles of lenses are there presently digicams that will accept 'em?

My mom has a Fuji film camera with 4 lenses that she never uses... can't even remember what lenses off hand.

My idle thought of the day is "I wonder if there's a digital camera that those lenses would fit and function on?".






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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: January 05, 2006 01:10PM
Mostly Nikon and some Canon

Fuji is probably a Pentax K mount - not sure of any digital SLRs using those.











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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 05, 2006 01:16PM
Hmm.. so if I guy runs across a great deal on a box full of Nikon or Canon lenses for cheap... it might be worth buying 'em for the future?

Heck, maybe not.... I can't see myself affording the camera to fit 'em anyway!






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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: January 05, 2006 01:26PM
Probably not :-)



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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 05, 2006 01:34PM
If they're cheap enough, I probably would anyway...

I'm a hopeless pack-rat that way.







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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: January 05, 2006 01:43PM
You would be safe on the Nikon glass as it is compatible but lacks some
of the features depending on what the vintage is

Canon has changed their mount so many times its not worth it.

(anyone one remember the old Canon breech lock bayonets ?)



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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: SteveJobs
Date: January 05, 2006 01:44PM
Nikon bases a lot of their decisions on backward compat lenses.
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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: January 05, 2006 01:46PM
You need to find a boxload of Canon EF lenses.





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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 05, 2006 01:53PM
even digital lenses are optical
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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: January 05, 2006 01:57PM
<even digital lenses are optical

You know what I meant..
(but yeah, I earned that.. ) smiling smiley






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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: sscutchen
Date: January 05, 2006 02:07PM
Is this forum Clothing Optical?





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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: MEG
Date: January 05, 2006 02:08PM
lafinfil Wrote:
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> You would be safe on the Nikon glass as it is
> compatible but lacks some
> of the features depending on what the vintage is
>
> Canon has changed their mount so many times its
> not worth it.
>
> (anyone one remember the old Canon breech lock
> bayonets ?)

Well I guess we know which you prefer ;)

I actually think of it the opposite way. Nikon use to have a matrix that showed which lenses were compatible with which bodies and which features would/wouldn't work (but it really only is an issue when mix and matching older with newer).

All Canon EF lenses will work with any Canon digital SLRs with all features intact. When Canon switched to new autofocus cameras/lenses in the mid 80's, they changed their lens mounts to the EF mount (the bayonets you refer to are the older FD mounts). Being that the EF line has been around nearly 20 years, I don't know where the "so many times" comment comes from.

Basically, if you find an EF lens from 1988, it'll work on a Canon DSLR. An older manual focus only FD lens from the 70's won't work (without an adapter which is another can of worms). With a Nikon lens from 1988, you'll have to do some homework.

With Fuji camera lenses, you're on your own Paul smiling smiley

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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: January 05, 2006 02:15PM
>
> Well I guess we know which you prefer
>


Well - Zeiss on Hasselblad is my first choice
Schneider & Rodenstock on the 4x5s next, although some of the
Fuji & Nikkor glass is good too. :-)

Actually I'm waiting it out a bit before my next digital upgrade and I would
probably go Canon at this point. Not a high priority as digital is not my main tool







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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 05, 2006 02:26PM
I have all minolta -

I think they finally just came out with their first round.

Mine have either 5 and 7 contacts.... or 7 and 9 (the stuff ain't with me at the moment).

I wonder, however, about speed issues with the motors, etc., as well as battery draining for the older auto-focus lenses ---- for minolta or anyone elses.

I used to have a Minolta XD-11, which had all the features that the Canon A1 had, but the Minolta hit the shelves first. They did such a poor (not at all?) job of promoting it, you'd have thought there was only one camera on the market with aperature and shutter priority options.

These days I'm thinking about going back to basics.... and digging this thing out of storage.

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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: January 05, 2006 02:33PM
Hey ! That's the same model I have 'poo except mine doesn't have a kid in a hat option



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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: mattkime
Date: January 05, 2006 02:47PM
>>Schneider & Rodenstock on the 4x5s next

ah....someone with good taste...
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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: January 05, 2006 03:17PM
... and empty pockets too Matt :-)

I still kick myself for selling my Linhof Tech III with the "Linhof" glass

They used to hand pick and test their Schneiders and mount them in hand picked
Compur shutters and then were Linhof branded on the Shutter face.
They were the cream of the crop

I had the 90 mm, 135 mm, and 270 mm all with matched serial # cams

opti-geek lust







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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Jimmypoo
Date: January 05, 2006 05:51PM
sounds like a bunch of German junk to me!

Real men have cameras that require at least 10 other real men just to move it to a different angle, AND the kid in the hat to watch for babes, in case you want to do a quick 45 minute exposure of her, without her knowing it.

Plus... someone has to clean up the glass.
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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Spock
Date: January 05, 2006 07:52PM
lafinfil Wrote:
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> >
> > Well I guess we know which you prefer
> >
>
>
> Well - Zeiss on Hasselblad is my first choice
> Schneider & Rodenstock on the 4x5s next,
> although some of the
> Fuji & Nikkor glass is good too. :-)
>


Cant argue with that choice.

Spock
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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Mr645
Date: January 05, 2006 09:39PM
Canon Rebel, 20D etc use the same as 35mm EOS canon cameras

Nikon D70, D1x, D2x etc, use the same Nikon lenses, although some older lenses have limitations with the latest cameras.


Fuji S-1,2,3 uses Nkon lenses

Kodak used to build cameras that took either Canon or Nikon lenses (Different models)

Pentax and Minolta both has DSLR's that use the same lenses as their 35mm cameras

Jon
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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: GeneL
Date: January 06, 2006 12:04AM
20D/28-135 USM IS/100-400L USM IS/580EX Flash

Wish list: 70-200 L 2.8 USM IS & 500L USM IS

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Check out [www.birdsasart.com]

If you haven't experienced digital photography before this you're in for a big wow!

Btw, the Canon Rebel XT is hard to beat for features and price. Dell has had it for under $900 on and off.

I understand that there will be a bunch of new cameras coming out of the CES.

Steve's forum is one of my favorite sites. You'll find it here at this Photography websites hub:

[www.shortcourses.com]

Check them all!

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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: Don Kiyoti
Date: January 06, 2006 01:44PM
You can use any Pentax 35mm lens ever made on their DSLRs. The F and FA series autofocus lenses are fully functional. The A series lenses are fully functional with the obvious exception of autofocus. The M series lenses require you to set the exposure manually. The screw mount lenses require an adapter.

This applies also to aftermarket lenses such as Sigma.







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Re: What "optical" camera lenses now have digital cameras they will fit?
Posted by: lafinfil
Date: January 06, 2006 08:43PM
Don Kiyoti Wrote:
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> You can use any Pentax 35mm lens ever made on
> their DSLRs.


Cool - I've got some lenses from a Spotmatic here :-I





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