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Manual Focus Lenses With DSLRs?

Wed Aug 11, 2004 11:04 pm

Just curious if it possible to put older manual focus lenses on digital SLR bodies.
I have a set of Tamron manual focus lenses (that, with adaptors, can go on various brands manual focus bodies).

I am clueless in this regard having skipped auto-focus SLRs altogether! Most sunny action photos use a focal length that allows focus to be set at infinity, so I never bothered to get AF glass/bodies!
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RE: Manual Focus Lenses With DSLRs?

Thu Aug 12, 2004 12:30 am

As long as the lens has the proper mount for the camera, you should have no problems. You may have to set the camera to M (manual) mode for exposure as it most likely won't be able to change the f-stop, but that will depend on the lens.
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RE: Manual Focus Lenses With DSLRs?

Thu Aug 12, 2004 1:12 am

I just recently tried a 30 year old, manual 400mm/F5.6 Takumar with M42 mount on my Canon EOS 10D. The results, despite the bad weather which required ISO 400 and wide open F stop, were not too bad after all. It was a trial only, but I could buy this lense for about 50EUR...

Here is a sample in 800x534 format:


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