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04-05-2012, 02:13 PM   #16
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Thanks Marc and Tom for your views. I've pointed my friend here to see what everyone has to say and I'll be interested to learn what he plans to do, if anything. I'm not sure what FD lenses he has, but believe they're a 28mm and a macro (not sure of the focal length). He's a casual shooter, but misses being able to use the old camera (it died) and might consider jumping aboard the DSLR train.

Thanks again folks. Much appreciated.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tamia Quote
He's a casual shooter, but misses being able to use the old camera (it died) and might consider jumping aboard the DSLR train
Why not replace his Canon film body with another Canon film body... ?
That way he can still use his Canon lenses...
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That's the best thing to do in my opinion too.
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Why not replace his Canon film body with another Canon film body... ?
That way he can still use his Canon lenses...
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That's the best thing to do in my opinion too.
Well, we discussed it and while he was originally not keen on buying a Canon body for some reason, now he thinks that's what he'll do when the time comes to get a DSLR. I think cost was the initial barrier, but he apparently hadn't considered the possibility of going with a used one. I had suggested Pentax because of the large number of used lenses available so that if his interest grows he could add new lenses at relatively low cost.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Tamia Quote
Well, we discussed it and while he was originally not keen on buying a Canon body for some reason, now he thinks that's what he'll do when the time comes to get a DSLR. I think cost was the initial barrier, but he apparently hadn't considered the possibility of going with a used one. I had suggested Pentax because of the large number of used lenses available so that if his interest grows he could add new lenses at relatively low cost.
Is he aware that he can't use the old canon lenses on a canon DSLR?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Lowell Goudge Quote
Is he aware that he can't use the old canon lenses on a canon DSLR?
Yes... I was confused when the OP said:

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he was originally not keen on buying a Canon body for some reason, now he thinks that's what he'll do when the time comes to get a DSLR.
Cos I meant "Buy a Canon Film body to replace the broken film body"... He's a casual shooter... Used to film... On a budget... Why not just stick with film!!
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Is he aware that he can't use the old canon lenses on a canon DSLR?
I've mentioned that, but he found an adapter at Amazon ["Pro Optic Canon FD Lens to EOS Body Adapter with Correction Glass - Focuses to Infinity"]. This makes him think he can get a Canon DSLR someday and use the old lenses.


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Yes... I was confused when the OP said...

...Cos I meant "Buy a Canon Film body to replace the broken film body"... He's a casual shooter... Used to film... On a budget... Why not just stick with film!!
YOU'RE confused! Where this stands now is that [1] he isn't going to do anything but stick to the point-and-shoot camera he owns, but [2] he will think about getting a Canon DSLR someday. He can take it from here.

Thanks folks for your help. I've learned one thing for sure. I'm glad I went with Pentax!
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This has been discussed many times before - and the results are variable. You can see people have used all sorts of lenses. The downside is variations in quality.

Have a look at this thread: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-slr-lens-discussion/96625-canon-f...tml#post983862

As an aside (and off topic to a certain extent) I've managed to mount a Canon FD auto bellows to my K200D with a K to Tmount adapter + Tmount to FD adapter. Works ok - just need better glass in front. I'm thinking of microscope objectives or enlarger lenses.

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There is a Canon FD to K mount adapter that you can get and take the glass out of in order to use the FD auto bellows. I have a good bit of FD and EOS macro Canon gear including that and the FD to EOS macro adapter Canon made in very small numbers.

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Ah, I see. So it's not entirely a lost cause to hope to reuse the old lenses, but just not very likely with Pentax bodies. Oh well. I'll try to encourage him to go with a used Pentax anyway. Thanks, Jez!
The best bet would be with a m4/3 system and adapter. They wouldn't require a glass correction. There are some with an electronic viewfinder and some with LCD only.
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I've mentioned that, but he found an adapter at Amazon ["Pro Optic Canon FD Lens to EOS Body Adapter with Correction Glass - Focuses to Infinity"]. This makes him think he can get a Canon DSLR someday and use the old lenses.
That adaptor is no different than the one to mount FD to Pentax lenses so he is no further ahead, and most likely behind. At least with a Pentax body he can meter, I am not so sure abut a canon body except for the top of the line
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The Olympus Pen-Epl-1 is $279.99 at Newegg. You can mount darn near anything on a micro 4/3 and at that price, an adapter would cost more if you could possibly find one.
Newegg.com - OLYMPUS PEN E-PL1 Black 12.3 MP 2.7" 230K HyperCrystal AR Coating LCD Interchangeable Lens Live View Digital Camera w/ Black M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm f
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Canon FD glass on K-x

The two prime FD lenses, 55mm f1.2 "chrome nose" and 50mm f1.4 SSC, came from an uncle who just collected photography gear, bought it new and rarely used it. I shot a couple of rolls with my Canon A-1 and the 55mm and really liked how it felt. I started with anOlympus OM1(n) when I was a kid and still shoot 2-3 rolls of film/year to keep in touch and to fight "Camera Lust", believe me it works!
I found an old adapter no brand name, "made in Japan, the shop owner told me that he had had in stock since the 80's, cost 45.
The lenses are in excellent condition.
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The 55mm is too heavy for the K-x but the 50mm is just perfect. I use M mode with the green button and Av-mode. In A-v mode I have to compensate +2EV. I can recommend this kind of adapter only to people who already own some good FD glass.
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As a side note: you can use FD "bellows" (i.e. macro) lens on any DSLR -- you would need a bellows and an appropriate adapter (either for the body or for the lens or for both)

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