Film camera lenses....

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  1. Storky1980

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    O.K so i am about to ask what may or may not be a stupid question.....

    Are lenses for FILM SLR compatible with DSLR cameras?

    The reason i ask is while looking online for lenses to buy (it will be my first progression from the kit lens), Some of the adverts for used ones on ebay etc etc have left me with a little confusion as to whether they are for film or digital cameras, i only just wondered lens-wise, is there a significant difference?
     
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    For your 1000D almost any lens from a film EOS SLR will work. Avoid the older FD lenses as they will not work. Anything designated EF or EF-S will work on your camera. Just keep in mind that a lot of the old film camera lenses are just cheap kit lenses as well, only with less suitable focal length ranges for your crop-sensor DSLR.
     
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    Yes, but if you want to shoot film (or upgrade to a full-frame digital body later), avoid EF-S lenses.

    Any EF lens will work on any EOS body (film or digital). EF-S lenses are for digital crop bodies only.

    EF-S lenses are cheaper because the image circle is smaller. For a crop body, that's fine. At the wide end of the lens though (pretty sure all EF-S lenses are zooms), the image circle isn't big enough to cover a full frame sensor or a 35mm frame. Not to mention that it won't physically mount to a full frame camera without modification.
     
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    So basically they will work but probably not worth the saving a few bucks?
    Ahh well, i guess it's handy to know if i'm ever offered one for free or next to free.
    Cheers mate, thats exactly the info i was looking for :thumbup:
     
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    Well, a stock EF-S lens will not even mount to a full frame body unless you modify it.
    There's a little extra piece of plastic that you would have to cut or grind off.

    So, you can make it work, but it won't work right out of the box. Not worth it IMO - unless you just have an extra EF-S lens laying around that you don't mind taking a grinder to.

    If you plan on playing with film, just stick to EF lenses. Or at least try to keep the EF-S collection to a minimum. Same goes for full frame digital bodies too.

    You wouldn't want to upgrade and find that none of your lenses fit your new camera...

    I'm not saying that EF-S lenses are bad, just keep in mind that you won't be able to use them on a film body or a full frame digital body.
     
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    HAha no plans to play with film yet dude, still getting my head round digital.... one thing at a time for me i think.

    I think i will get a good few years out of this camera before i feel the need to upgrade and part of choosing the less expensive model was so i could spend the saved cash on lenses and accessories anyway.
    So thanks for the advice fellas, i'm a lot clearer on what i need to be buying now.
     
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    We have much in common... the Sony Cybershot, the old 35mm lenses on a DSLR. If you're interested, I just wrote a post earlier today on a topic that fits here almost perfectly... I bolded the more relevant stuff.

    The lenses I'm referring to are an EF 70-210mm f4.0 macro and a EF 20-35mm f3.5-4.5. They're the main reason I bought Canon; I had a good variety of lenses that I could work with. Problem was they were hard to get crisp shots that pop. With good glass I get stuff out of the camera that I could never do with post processing.
     

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