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12/17/2009 09:46:21 PM · #1

Been trying to research this on my own but it's confusing. Have a Canon Rebel XT and wondering if anyone knows if there are any older canon 35mm film lenses that would work with this camera? Have seen some in thrift stores at good prices (and I need cheap!). Thought this might be a way to try out some different lenses.

12/17/2009 09:48:02 PM · #2
Any EF series lens will work, including old ones intended for film cameras. The FD series lenses will not.

Message edited by author 2009-12-17 21:51:26.
12/17/2009 09:50:02 PM · #3
Thank you! Will have to go see what I can find:)
12/17/2009 09:51:48 PM · #4
They make adapters that will fit older Canon FD lenses on the newer EOS mount. Some have a focus indicator function. In any case it would be manual operation for the aperture and focusing functions. You may have to focus "stopped down" to have control of the aperture setting, as the camera may not work the aperture lever in the lens.
ETA, Maybe I'm wrong, but I was using an FD lens on my grand niece's Rebel. I found the 50mm macro with the EOS adapter on eBay a couple of years ago. The same lens fits right on an AE1 Program that I have without the adapter.

Message edited by author 2009-12-17 21:54:36.
12/17/2009 09:58:30 PM · #5
Originally posted by MelonMusketeer:

They make adapters that will fit older Canon FD lenses on the newer EOS mount.

There certainly are adapters, but the ones that retain infinity focus are not at all worth using. the optics in them greatly degrade the image. Caon made an FD to EOS adapter but it was specifically for some of the super telephotos, and if you can find one today, they are pretty expensive, and still not a great trade-off.
Now, you can use a mechanical adapter (no optics) but you will lose infinity focus. If you are looking for macro and close-up only, this may be a fun and cheap way to experiment.

Mechanical adapters are also available to mate older Nikkor F-mount glass to Canon EOS. It works great, retains infinity focus, and no optics to degrade the image.

Message edited by author 2009-12-17 21:59:47.
12/17/2009 09:59:01 PM · #6
I have a Quantaray branded version of a sigma macro lens that came on an EOS Elan film camera. $20 from a Craigslist ad was a nice deal for both lens and camera. As said before, look for EF lenses, but if they are not Canon, look for something that is mounted on an EOS series camera. After a while you will begin to recognize the EF compatible mount.

Message edited by author 2009-12-17 22:00:06.
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