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Using older lenses on digital SLRs

by kenbenny / December 24, 2008 12:25 AM PST

I have inherited a bunch of lenses from a family member and want to learn about whether most lenses, older or otherwise, fit on the new digital SLRs. These aren't cheapos, they are pretty good lenses of all kinds.

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Generally, they will not work.
by Kiddpeat / December 24, 2008 2:15 AM PST

You need to research lenses and adapters for a specific camera. If the lenses are of the type that the digital camera uses, they will work. Otherwise, you need an adapter if one is available. With an adapter, functions such as AF may not work.

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SLR Lenses
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / December 24, 2008 8:43 AM PST

Some lenses will work on Digital SLR cameras.

Some of the people on this forum can probably help you.

But we need to know more about the lenses.

Brand Name printed on the lens.
Aperture setting printed on the lens (i.e. f/3.5-4.5)
Focal length printed on the lens (i.e. 50-200mm)
And any other data printed on the lens.

If the lenses are made by third party lens makers, you usually have to contact those lens makers directly. And they will also want to know the serial number of the lens.

Third Party makers are: Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Phoenix, Kenko, Pentax and Vivitar.

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