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I have Cannon A-1 and F-1 Camera bodies, plus all Cannon FD lens. Can I buy a new Cannon digital camera and use a special adapter and use those older FD lens. I would appreciate any reasonable input. JD

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No. The only adapters you can get either lose infinity focus or need corrective optics (expensive and reduce image quality) to preserve infinity focussing. The lenses will need to be manually stopped down for metering purposes and the body will only be able to use manual and aperture priority modes.

Also, with modern computer designed optics, using FD lenses on a modern digital SLR is like screwing an old glass bottle on the front and hoping to get sharp images. An exaggeration, perhaps, but you will get significant edge softness and chromatic aberrations and the contrast will be lower than acceptable and truly dreadful with optically corrected adapters.

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