DSLRs give you the ability to fully explore your creativity and take amazing photos. One of the key features is the ability to swap your lens for one that perfectly fits your situation. But what if you have a cherished lens from your old film camera? Does your new kit render it obsolete, or is there a view to still using it?

The Knowhow

Lens compatibility is a tricky subject at the best of times with DSLRs. Some kit is brand specific, and certain cameras can only use lenses from certain ranges. The good news is that many film lenses will work on digital cameras, although you need to pay attention to a few points.

  • You are more likely to be able to use a lens if it is the same brand as the camera. For example, many old Canon lenses still work on Canon DSLRs, but are not compatible with Nikon kit.
  • Examine the mounting system on the lens. If it matches that of your camera, you should be able to connect it straight away. If not, you may need a specific adapter. These are normally not too expensive and a specialist camera shop will be able to show you exactly what you need.
  • Even when your lens is attached, you may find you cannot use all of its, or your camera’s, functions due to the difference in technology levels. A specialist camera shop will be able to advise you on this.
  • Film lenses mounted on digital cameras tend to produce greater magnification due to the altered field of view between film and the digital sensor.

Now you can match the old with the new to get the images you want.

Always refer to the manufacturer’s manual for specific details.

Updated On:

Oct 14, 2011

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