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PKCool
11-08-10, 10:18 AM
Hello.

New to photography. Have an old Canon 35mm film camera with extra lenses. Brought a Canon DSLR.

Is it a myth or can you buy a lens converter to use old 35mm lenses with DSLR?
(If possible links)

I'm OK without the AF.. As I prefer MF..

Thanks in advance

Fen
11-08-10, 11:38 AM
Was your 35mm camera one of the Canon EOS series?

if so, you should be able to use the lenses of the Canon DSLR as it's the same EOS fitting

PKCool
11-08-10, 08:15 PM
Nope... I have an even older one.. T70... I loved this camera. I used this camer all the time.. Then brought a simple compact digital.... Thought wait a little... I wasstill shooting film and it's getting too expensive to continue.

Now I have been using my dad's EOS1000D.. I'm not working lost my job about a year ago... so funds are limited and enjoyed macro photography... Have some good macro lenses that I would like to use if possible...

Thanks again.:o

RogerMac
11-08-10, 09:17 PM
Sorry it I am butting in on Fen's response but I have spent about 20 years quietly grumbling (sometimes not so quietly) about Canon's lack of an upgrade path from FD lenses to EOS cameras. I believe that adaptors do exist that allow that allow macro photography with these lenses (but not infinity focus) and some adaptors have built in lenses to allow infinity focus - but the latter have a poor reputation for image quality.

My story has a happy ending as I now own an Olympus PEN for which a good adaptor exists but that may be of no comfort to you if funds are limited

Roger

NRoberts
11-08-10, 09:34 PM
Whereas I've spent the last 20 years so pleased that Canon abandoned FD and adopted a fully electronic mount with no hangovers - it's meant I've had ultrasonic motors in my lenses for all that 20 years, that I had image stabilisation for much of it, with film as well as digital, and full compatibility within those 20 years, and none of that would've been possible without that decision.

Anyway, if you want to use the lenses for macro, you don't need one with a glass element to maintain infinity focus - the cheaper ones without will do fine, with the added benefit that you'll be able to focus even closer than you could with your T70

RogerMac
11-08-10, 10:32 PM
Whereas I've spent the last 20 years so pleased that Canon abandoned FD and adopted a fully electronic mount with no hangovers - it's meant I've had ultrasonic motors in my lenses for all that 20 years, that I had image stabilisation for much of it, with film as well as digital, and full compatibility within those 20 years, and none of that would've been possible without that decision.

Anyway, if you want to use the lenses for macro, you don't need one with a glass element to maintain infinity focus - the cheaper ones without will do fine, with the added benefit that you'll be able to focus even closer than you could with your T70

TBH I think that it was a poor choice of flange to film distance that caused the problems and not the decision to go fully electronic.

NRoberts
12-08-10, 12:43 AM
Poor choice? No, certainly not - unless you mean with FD. The EF mount has a shorter flange to film distance than any 35mm mount except FD, but it also had a wider throat at launch than any other mount, to allow more scope for optical designers to come up with very wide aperture lenses without excessive vignetting, for example - the 50mm f1.0 being a good example. Add in the need for mirror clearance, and it was never going to be possible to match the FD's back focus without imposing unnecessary restrictions on future designs.

RogerMac
12-08-10, 08:05 AM
I am sorry. I think that my comments on adaptors for FD were completely accurate and also my asside about my grumbling was only a mild comment on how the change had affected me personally. However this thread seems to be developing into an argument about the merits of the EOS lens mount and I never intended that., my apologies for what I started

Roger