Canon Lens Numbering

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    I'm confused, I bought a Canon 100mm macro f/2.8 for my family who shoot canon. Its a EF-S which I presume is similar to the AF-S system that Nikon use.

    What I am now wondering if it is Full frame or Cropped?

    How to Canon denote FX and DX like Nikon do?
     
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    I think Canon only have 2 100mm macro lenses in production now and the both are "EF", not "EF-S" mount.

    Since they are "EF" lens, so it will work on any EOS bodies, film, FF or cropped body.
     
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    So EF is the marking for full frame?

    Cheers
     
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    yes... EF is full frame. EF-S is for cropped.

    A EF-S Canon body can use either EF or EF-S lenses.
    A EF Canon body (digital or film) can use EF only.
     
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    Unlike Nikon, who ensures any Nikon lens can be used on any Nikon camera body. ;)

    Canon EF-S lenses will mount on Canon EF camera bodies, but the camera cannot function properly because the back of EF-S lenses interfers with movement of the mirror.

    EF-S lenses can be fairly easily modified to work on EF camera bodies.

    There are some YouTube videos on just how to accomplish that.
     
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    But Nikon won't let you auto-focus with most of those (non- AF-S/AF-I) AF lenses unless you spend at least $900 on a camera body (D90 or better), and they won't let you meter and shoot in aperture priority with the old manual focus Nikon AI-S lenses unless you spend at least $1500 on a camera body (D300 or better). :x Even the least expensive sub-$500 Canon EOS DSLR or film SLR camera (e.g.: Rebel XS) is fully-functional with every EF lens ever made (since 1987) :D. In fact, if you really like using decades-old Nikon lenses in fully-manual mode as you must do with any less expensive Nikon camera, you can stick an adapter on your Canon EOS camera and do exactly the same thing. ;-)


    EF-S lenses will not attach to full-frame EOS cameras without modification.
     
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    So KmH couldn't get a mac versus pc fame war going in another thread

    so...

    what do you do? Try a nikon versus canon flame war going in this thread.




    Grow up.
     
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    Oh wait... for got the ... ;)

    now that's better.
     
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    Cheers KmH. Nikon win this one.
     
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    Are all nikon shooters this pathetic?
     

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