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EOS film cameras and EF lenses


Britman 8 1.7k England
19 Aug 2010 11:27PM
Sup guys,
Been thinking of giving myself a challenge and was looking at picking up an old EOS film camera and getting some slide film. But before I do I need to know about lens compatibility, I know an ef-s lens is unlikely to work but what about the 50mm f/1.8 or even my 24-105L?

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User_Removed 11 455 13 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 11:31PM
I have used the 50mm on both film and digital, and as far as I am aware all EF lenses should work fine. Smile
LensYews 5 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
19 Aug 2010 11:41PM
Any EF mount lens will fit any EOS mount camera. You can get an adapter for FD mount lenses. But the EF-S lenses won't fit.
landscapepics 4 15 3 United Kingdom
21 Aug 2010 6:06PM
Both the lens you mention will fit fine. I have the 50mm f1.8 lens and it's very sharp with a useful focus length. The 24-105mm will cover a lot of bases - the only hesitation I have is that on some of the lighter EOS models (I have an EOS300 which is very light) it may be tad top-heavy - like a lens with a camera attached rather than the other way round.

Other lenses that I use with the EOS300 are a 24mm Sigma lens and the Sigma 105mm DG EX macro.
5 Sep 2010 5:55PM
I would recommend the EOS 50E - a great film camera - similar in size to the 40/50D range. It has three metering modes, three focus modes and both shutter and aperture wheels. It shoots 3fps (I think) and has full Manual, AV, TV, DEP and P modes. A great camera (when released about 15 years ago it retailed at about 500) you can pick them up for 20- 30 on ebay now. It is compatible with all EF (but NOT EF-S) lenses.

NB - I've noticed that some sigma lenses designed for crop sensor cameras (10 - 20mm for example) will fit - but don't use them - the risk is the mirror will hit the rear of the lens when the shutter is activated and will damage the camera, the lens or both
Snapper 9 3.8k 3 United States Outlying Islands
5 Sep 2010 6:06PM
Agree with the Nabster on the 50E as I bought one to shoot b&w film alongside my 5D and it works just fine. Smile
Canonshots 4 91 13 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 11:27AM
My last 35mm camera was an EOS500N. I still have it (although I am unlikely ever to use it again). As others have remarked, you cannot use EF-S lenses with it but EF lenses are fine. I had some very good results from it. How much they cost on the second-hand market I have no idea, but mine when new (1998) was 364 from LCE and that included two lenses, a gadget bag and a (somewhat flimsy) tripod. Those were the days!
Camairish 9 1.3k Scotland
12 Dec 2010 5:49PM
I still use my old EOS 100 body with my 24-105L lens and the results are excellent. You can pick those older EOS bodies up for 30-40 I'd imagine and they have everything you need.

Ian.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
12 Dec 2010 7:19PM

Quote:I still use my old EOS 100 body with my 24-105L lens and the results are excellent


This might seem a silly question, how do you change aperture. I would have thought if using an old film body then old lenses would be better.
strawman 10 22.0k 16 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 7:42PM
Paul to my knowledge all canon EOS cameras take the EF mount lens, so many canon film cameras are happy with the recent lenses, the apertures moved to electronic camera body control prior to digital. The problem I am aware of is that the crop sensor lenses EF-S do not fit on the older film cameras.

Quote:I've noticed that some sigma lenses designed for crop sensor cameras (10 - 20mm for example) will fit - but don't use them - the risk is the mirror will hit the rear of the lens when the shutter is activated and will damage the camera, the lens or both


Sigma designed their digital only lenses to avoid the full frame mirror, while canon took the opportunity to move the rear element closer to the sensor, so it is only the EF-S lenses by canon that are at risk of this, hence the mount change.
Snapper 9 3.8k 3 United States Outlying Islands
12 Dec 2010 7:43PM

Quote:I still use my old EOS 100 body with my 24-105L lens and the results are excellent

This might seem a silly question, how do you change aperture. I would have thought if using an old film body then old lenses would be better.



The EOS cameras are pretty much all electronic and are operated the same as a DSLR, although there was a manual one at one time. This was why they had to change away from the original Canon FD mount to the EF, whereas Nikon engineered their AF cameras to be able to use older Nikon lenses.
Paul Morgan e2
13 15.7k 6 England
12 Dec 2010 7:45PM
I realised that John, but too late to update my posting, I`d been thinking pre eos as you guessed.
keith selmes 11 7.1k 1 United Kingdom
12 Dec 2010 7:49PM

Quote:This might seem a silly question, how do you change aperture
Its not so much a silly question as a strange one, if you've used the cameras. Eos is Eos, whether the body has digital works on the back or a place to put film, the lens connections and camera controls are pretty much the same. They were electronic from the outset. Going from an Eos film camera to an Eos DSLR is pretty straightforward. Older EF mount lenses for these cameras are likely to have slower AF motors and possibly not be as good optically, there's not usually any advantage in using them.
DCL 4 5 Australia
1 Apr 2011 12:52AM
Last year I bought a used EOS 3 to complement my EOS 5 and A2 bodies. They're all great cameras. The 3 & 5 have ECF - Eye Controlled Focus - which I find fantastic, especially in the 3. It took a couple of attempts to calibrate ECF to my eye but now that it is done I can just look in the viewfinder at the subject I want to focus on and it quickly snaps into sharp focus. I shoot transparency exclusively, usually Kodak Elite Chrome and I never tire if projecting my well exposed slides up on my new glass screen. I shoot digital as well - on Olympus Four Thirds - but there is still something special about film and I intend to continue enjoy using it.
randomrubble 10 3.0k 12 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2011 9:25AM
I've taken a different route. I can't be doing with auto everything film cameras, but I've just sold off almost all of my Canon FD gear on eBay and have started to buy into the Contax/Yashica system. The nice thing is that the lovely Zeiss and Yashica glass can be adapted to use with my Eos DSLRs with some interesting results. For example, I found the Zeiss 18mm to have great flare resistance and central sharpness while the Yashica 21mm is a very sharp lens, even at the edges, and better than some of the Canon EF wides I've used.

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