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04-13-2016, 02:16 PM   #31
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@Adam - well, the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens arrived today, and it's a beauty. Plastic, yes, but extremely solid and very nicely finished for the price. Much more solid and refined than the Yongnuo offerings (and the old Canon 50mm f/1.8 also, I understand). The only weird thing is the stepper motor "focus by wire" when in MF, or when overriding AF (a la Pentax Quick-Shift) - but it seems to work well enough. Fast and quiet AF too. I've had it fitted to the EOS 5 all day and have played around with it quite a bit, and I still have a full battery according to the indicator on the camera's LCD panel. You wouldn't *believe* how relieved I am... In my heart, I knew the problem was with those Yongnuo lenses, but the way my luck's been going of late, I had an awful feeling that I'd see the same battery drain problem with the Canon lens, and it would turn out to be a fault with my beautiful EOS 5 Anyway, thanks again for the advice. Now I just need to get out and shoot this baby!
Glad to hear it wasn't the camera's fault!

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06-09-2016, 09:03 AM   #32
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If you want to "play" with other options, it turns out that there are Chinese sources of Adaptall-to-EOS adapters.

I've been surprised at how many Adaptall lenses are available today.

Of course, these are a manual-everything solution.
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^^^ Thanks for this I have a couple of nice Adaptall's... a 300mm f/5.6 (CT-300) and - probably more useful - a SP 60-300mm f/3.8-5.4 (23A). I'll definitely get hold of an adaptor and give them a try.

In addition to the Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM that Adam recommended (and which, in all honesty, will probably cover most of my needs), I also picked up a nice new-old-stock Tokina 35-300mm f/4.5-6.7 with AF. It's slow, of course, and I'm sure there are far better lenses optically, but it gives me a broad focal length range to play with. So, I think I'm all set for now

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