Monday, June 2, 2008
Q) I know that I’m going to have to enter the digital age, but right now I can’t afford to jump into it with both feet. I’d like to buy the best camera body (most likely EOS) I can afford, but would like to be able to use the fleet of FD mount lenses that I used with my older Canon F1 and FTb until I can afford better lenses and while I brush off the cobwebs and relearn the photographic thought process and techniques. On the Internet, I’ve found references to adapters that can be purchased that will enable this, but there was little actual technical information. I’d like to know if you’re familiar with such an adapter and would be interested in your thoughts on the matter.
A) You can use other manufacturers' lenses or previous types of mounts on a newer style camera body with special adapters. Before I get into this, I want to say that unless you have a really good reason, I wouldn't do it. With an adapter, you'll lose many, if not all, of the features available in today's cameras. Autofocus won't work; the automatic diaphragm, where the lens stays open for focus until the last moment, won't work; and if you have an adapter that doesn't have an optic in it to make up for the change in focus distance of the adapted lens, it won't focus to infinity.
There are two types of adapters. A simple version without any optics sells for about $50 and will allow the lens to mount. No other features of the lens or the camera body will work. If you're using the adapted lens for macro work, it may not be a major issue.
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