Lens compatibility question

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  1. chris74

    chris74 TPF Noob!

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    I am in the process of buying my first DSLR. If I buy a Canon EOS xti, will lenses that were used on a Canon EOS 35mm work on the digital camera? I think that they will, but I want to make sure. Thanks in advance for the help.
     
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    yes. EF lenses will work with a Canon DSLR.
     
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    Canon Lenses will but some third party lenses may need to be rechipped.
     
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    Just be aware of the crop factor on the XTI, since it's not a full-frame sensor. This will effectively (thought not actually) alter focal lengths. You can find more info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crop_factor.
     
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    Thanks for the information guys. I have access to these lenses for free from a friend of mine that got out of photography a long time ago. I am just wondering if using these lenses will be worth my while, or if I should stay away from them and just use lenses designed for digital cameras. Thanks again.
     
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    Go for it. The may even be better than many of the lenses designed specifically for digital cameras.
     
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    I wouldn't really get too caught up in the lenses designed for digital cameras (i.e. Canon's EF-S mount lenses). There's not that big of a selection, they seem overpriced and you're severely limiting yourself if you ever want to upgrade to a full-frame sensor. Also, I imagine that one of these days, it wouldn't be impractical or unbelievable that even entry-level dSLRs might come with full-frame sensors. So even then if you decide to "side-grade" rather than upgrade, you'd still be stuck.
     

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