Do All Lenses work for All SLR's?

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  1. PhilGarber

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    Hi all,

    Do all SLR lenses work for all SLR cameras?
     
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    The short answer is no.

    The longer answer is that, generally speaking, Canon lenses work on Canon, Nikon lenses on Nikon, etc. Third party lens companies (Tamron, Sigma, etc.) often make a version of their lenses to fit different types of cameras -- but if, say, a Sigma lens is designed to fit a Nikon camera, it won't fit a Canon.

    If a lens is old, it also might not fit newer camera bodies -- depending on the brand.

    Then, of course, within the Canon line-up, you have EF-S lenses -- which won't fit on "full frame" camera bodies.

    Is there a specific lens that you want to use?
     
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    Nothing specific..Thanks!
     
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    I wish I could use some Canon glass on my Nikons! :grumpy:
     
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    hey mav, dont they make the mount conversion things for nikon cameras for canon lenses? i know the wrong way round exists
     
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    Ya I have a really nice Canon lense sitting on my desk here but it doesn't fit my camera. Maybe I should get around to putting it on Ebay.
     
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    You can get adapters to put Nikon glass on Canon bodies with limited metering modes and manual focus, but the reverse isn't true. You can, but you lose infinity focus. Has to do with differences in the lens mount designs. The Nikon -> Canon adapter maintains infinity focus.
     
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    M42 lenses will fit most cameras with an adaptor. T2 lenses will fit all cameras with an adaptor.
     
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    Don't Fret!! Nikon Glass is Far Superior to Canon anyways. Sell the Canon lens and go buy some more Nikon Lenses.;)
     
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    I lust after the more expensive Nikor glass myself. Well and maybe some of the Sigma Teles.
     
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    Joves - sweet equipment. I am a die hard nikon fan, though I might fall for a sigma now and again...I can't afford a $3 k tele. ;)
     
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    WHY!?

    Nikon makes some FINE glass.

    12-24 2.8G, 24-70 2.8G, and 70-200 2.8G VR are all nearly flawless pieces of glass!
     

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