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

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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.)

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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?

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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.

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