Can I use film lens on a digital camera

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Brian, Feb 8, 2004.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I'm interested in upgrading my 35mm film that has changeable lens to a
    digital camera. If I was to buy the camera body only then would I be
    able to use my current lens.
    Will there a problem with the focal length of my current lens which
    are 28mm to 80mm Zoom?

    My current camera is Canon EOS 300
    There is a Canon EOS 300D which fits the same EF range of lens.
    I'm hoping that I can buy the body of this camera only.

    Regards Brian
    Brian, Feb 8, 2004
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    Gadi Ben-Avi Guest

    Hi Brian,

    All of you canon lenses will work with the 300D. Lenses from other
    manufactures have to checked.

    Be aware that there is a 1.6x factor. A 50 mm lense will perfrom like a 80
    mm lens on the 300D.

    Gadi Ben-Avi, Feb 8, 2004
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    stan Guest

    It should work. Just to verify, bring the lens over to a camera
    store that sells the EOS 300D and try it out on the camera.
    stan, Feb 8, 2004
  4. Brian

    R2D2 Guest

    That is a wonderful thing! A $65 dollar portrait lens!
    R2D2, Feb 8, 2004
  5. << There is a Canon EOS 300D which fits the same EF range of lens.
    I'm hoping that I can buy the body of this camera only. >>


    Yes, you can.

    As others have mentioned, there is a 1.6 factor to consider in terms of
    field-of-view. If you already have a good wide-angle lens, then you're set.
    To have the equivalent of a 50 mm lens on a 35 mm camera, you would need 31 mm
    on the 300D, et cetera. Otherwise getting the kit lens for only $100 more than
    the body alone, is quite a good deal.

    However, the kit lens can't be used with your film camera. It seems that it
    sticks too far back into the camera body, and would interfere with the film
    camera's mirror. Still, it provides a normal zoom range in the 300D, that you
    wouldn't have with lenses owned by most film photographers.

    Fred McKenzie, Feb 8, 2004
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    Chris Guest

    Yes. That's one primary advantage of digital SLR. You can attach standard
    SLR lenses and not have to be stuck spending another few $100 replacing all
    your "old" incompatible lenses. Canon should be able to give you a list of
    which lenses will work, and what won't.
    Chris, Feb 8, 2004
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    Christian Guest

    It's not wonderful when you need a wide angle lens though! The widest you
    can get is about 26mm on the EOS 300D.
    Christian, Feb 9, 2004
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