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Canon FD lenses to EOS mounts


14 Sep 2013 7:54AM
Am I right to think that I can fit FD lenses (and other types possibly) to my Canon 400d with an adaptor ring? I know the auto focus function won't operate in most cases but if it is possible it would increase my lens options until I can afford to invest in EOS specific lenses. If anyone can give me any advice on this I would really appreciate it. Thanks

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chris.maddock 13 3.5k United Kingdom
14 Sep 2013 10:40AM
You can indeed - with the EOS mount having a larger throat diameter then most other lens mounts and a longer register distance (between the front of the mount and the film/sensor plane) there are a lot of options for fitting alternative lenses.

As you already appreciate, you won't get autofocus - nor will you get any aperture control so you need to ensure that any alternative lens has its own aperture control too. There are some exceptions - one of which is Nikon G-series lenses, which are controlled by the (Nikon) camera so have no aperture control ring on the lens but for which there is an mount adapter available which provides aperture control.

You will probably be best off shooting in manual mode, metering can sometimes work OK but I've found it to be somewhat hit and miss - could be because I've been using a Nikon 14-24/f2.8 on Canon cameras and the large field of view may be confusing the meter. Manual exposure sorts it, though Wink
14 Sep 2013 12:12PM
FD lenses need an adaptor with optical element in it, otherwise they will not focus to infinity. This sort of adaptor, if quality one, is expensive. If you have a large collection of nice FDs that can make sense though. In case you considering options buying old lenses - the best candidate would be a lens with M42 thread mount (Praktica,Zenit, Pentax and a lot of others). They will only need a simple cheap ring adaptor and will focus in all diapason that you will see on their distance ring. The camera needs to be in Av or manual mode.
15 Sep 2013 12:26AM
Try The Lens Doctor.

His adaptors are machined and built to exacting standards.

http://www.thelensdoctor.co.uk/page14.html

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