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Lens compatability I have an older AE1 film camera but would like to upgrade to a newer digital camera. My question is will the lenses I bought to use with the AE1 fit any of the newer digital cameras.

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There is an adap that is made that will allow you to use your lens, But!! You have to use them on manuel mode, Focus and exp no meter coupling and auto focus, If you want to do that, Its called an Canon FD to EF mount adapter, Off Brand only. You can find them on Ebay.

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I'm afraid not. The A series cameras use the FD mount. All Canon digitals use the EOS mount

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I recently bought myself a very good CanonESO 50D. Canon DS 126211 serial number 0620301416 Since I only bought the camera, I needed to get Canon compatible lenses and was looking for a 70-300mm. I bo


Almost all early Quantaray lenses (and Sigma lenses, Sigma made Quantaray) in the Canon EOS mount will show error messages on Canon digital cameras (but still work fine on older EOS film cameras). usually err99 but err01 also. There is no DIY fix and Sigma ran out of update parts years ago. Current production lenses and Canon made lenses will not have this problem. This lens would only work for someone shooting EOS film cameras with no intention of "upgrading" their system to digital Canon cameras in the future.

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Do the older zoom lenses from the film cameras work with any of the newer digital cameras? I have 2 promaster lenses and didn't want to throw without checking.


In general, yes. The camera manufacturers did not change the lens mount when then went from film to digital, so as not to obsolete their own lenses. So if your lenses have a Nikon mount, for example, they will work on a Nikon digital camera.

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I have sigma 70-300mm lens. But its autofocus mode is not working.please suggest solutions....what i can do?


You have not supplied enough information, however with the Sigma lenses here are a few things that could be a problem.

Is the switch from auto to manual focus set to auto focus.

Is the lens the proper mount for the camera it is installed on (meaning have you used an adapter to go from a Nikon to a Canon mount?) if so then there will be no electronic communication and the lens will only function in manual focus mode.

Is the lens compatible with the camera model? (meaning some newer cameras set the lens aperture in the camera while some older lenses set the aperture on the lens.)

Part 1 of 2 Have you installed an older "film" lens on a newer version digital camera?

Part 2 of 2 Have you installed a digital full frame lens on a Canon "S" mount with the APS size sensor with the 1.6 focal factor?

Have you changed the camera model to a newer Canon EOS

Have you updated the camera firmware recently?

Have you lightly polished (cleaned) the contacts between the camera and lens?
Have you received an error code 99?
Cleaning the gold contacts on the lens and camera body can be done with a clean pencil eraser and lightly polish the matting surfaces making sure no dust gets into the back of the lens or the camera body. Hold the camera lens mount down while lightly polishing the contacts same with the lens. Do not wipe clean with a facial tissue or use any type of liquid cleaner.

Also third party lenses like Sigma often do not have the compatible electronic "chip" to properly communicate with all Canon EOS cameras. Meaning if you had the lens on a Canon EOS 20D and then put it on a Canon 50D chances are it won't work.

Is the lens properly locked onto the camera body dismount and remount the lens generally solves this problem.

If non of the above isn't the problem then a trip to a repair center is needed.

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I have a canon fd 28mm 1 : 2.8 lens and I am trying to find a camera that works with it


The FD lenses were mainly for film cameras. I used this lens on a Canon AE1-P. If you have a modern digital EOS with an EF mount you can buy an adapter (FD to EF) so the FD lens can be used on the EOS

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My husband has a Nikon F65 NON-digital camera for which he has an APO sigma 170-500mm lens. I am thinking of purchasing a digital camera for him (Nikon D50). Will this sigma lens be compatible? Are lenses...


Yes, the lens will be compatible with the D50.

All lenses are optical: light comes in one end and goes out the other. There's no digital/non-digital about it.

What there is about lenses is the size of the image circle. Lenses cover a certain area. A lens that covers a 35mm film frame, such as the Sigma under discussion, will also cover a smaller area, such as the sensor on a D50. It's possible to design lenses with a smaller image circle. These smaller, lighter lenses are sometimes called "digital," because they are intended to only cover the typically smaller digital sensor. Using such a lens on a full-frame or film camera will produce dark corners. This is NOT an issue in your case.

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Can lens assemblies normally used with Pentax 35 MM cameras be used with Pentax digital cameras? My 35 MM camera is a Program Plus.


not realy,,, the digital camera is tottely difrent
anyhow they would all be supper long lenses,,,

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Quantaray lenses


I bet they are not AF lenses. There are adapters that add the AF contacts to "fool" the camera but increase the zoom. You can get used lenses from many "on line" camera stores with warranties for a few months.

Jul 08, 2009 | Camera Lenses

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What type of zoom lenses are suitable for nikkon D-60 digital camera


For Nikon Digital SLRs there is a special line of lenses. Almost any Nikon lens will work on the D60 body, but lenses not specifically designed for a Nikon Digital SLR will lack some features offered by the body. Nikon D series lenses, that are made for the Nikon Digital SLR series, are fully compatible. Although, any lens, AI type thru D type will work.

One of the snags with Digital SLRs is that lenses designed for film cameras have different focal point characteristics, and therefore altered focal length when used on a digital camera.

A film frame is 24mm x 36mm. The CCD in a digital SLR (Charge Coupled Device, changes light energy into electrical energy, which is then recorded as a digital image file inside the camera) is not that large. So the light is focusing on a smaller area surface. This changes the focal length of the lens.

There are other undesireable effects using film camera lenses with Digital SLRs. One of the desireable qualities of old lenses is the cost. The D60 is a great camera. You lose some features with older lenses, but you still get the same image quality.

I cannot tell you exactly what zoom lens to purchase, because it's like you asking what car you should buy. There are too many variables to consider. Most pros carry the famous Nikon D 80-200mm F 2.8 ED, which is a pro lens, with big weight, superb optics, and no finicky soft spots.

It's clean all the way through the range, at every aperature. But the cost is high, probably more than you paid for the D-60 body. But if it were me, I'd spend the money.

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Older lenses in new digital cameras


The camera and lenses you mention are non-autofocus equipment and have a different mount than newer ones. Your best choice for reliability, price, and ease of service would be one of the Canon EOS digital SLRs. Second choice would be Nikon D series. Minolta autofocus lenses used on the older Maxxum series film cameras can be used on the new Sony digitals, but Sony is new to digital SLRs and their track record remains to be seen.

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Aperture wont adjust on my canon rebel xt


If it's an older lens, for EOS film cameras, Quantaray might upgrade it free - contact your local Ritz Camera store ( it's imported by Ritz ) or find a repair center for Quantaray online.

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