Can I use my old lenses with a new digital body?

Discussion in 'UK Photography' started by Joseph Birr-Pixton, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. Hello,

    A number of years ago I inherited a Nikon F501, along with 35-70mm and
    70-210mm AF zoom lenses.

    I enjoy using it occasionally, but find myself using it less now I have
    a cheap digital camera (Canon S50) which is easier to carry around, and
    cheaper to use day-to-day but altogether less powerful and produces
    poorer results. The main point being - I've come to dislike film
    processing and the costs and hassle therein.

    What I'd really like to know is: are there any mid-range digital SLR
    bodies I can buy which will accept my existing lenses? I don't expect
    that they will use them in AF mode, but honestly I tend to turn that off
    on my F501 anyway.

    Joseph Birr-Pixton, Aug 7, 2005
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  2. Joseph Birr-Pixton

    Tony Polson Guest

    The Nikon D70 would be an ideal choice. It will accept both your
    lenses, which are optically pretty good. There is a newer model, the
    D70s, but it is more expensive and the D70 is still available - but
    not for long.

    There is also a D50, which is cheaper, but it is a very basic camera.
    Having said that, the results with your lenses will still be good.

    Both cameras have sensors smaller than the 35mm film frame, so your
    lenses will have a reduced angle of view. This reduced angle of view
    is equivalent to increasing their focal length by an effective factor
    of 1.5.

    So your 35-70mm zoom will effectively act like a 52.5-105mm zoom would
    on a 35mm camera and your 70-210mm will effectively act like a
    105-315mm zoom.

    Therefore, you will probably need to invest in a wide angle zoom lens.
    The 18-70mm lens that can be purchased in a kit with the D70 and D70s
    is a very good performer. It acts like a 28-105mm lens on 35mm film.

    There is a cheap 18-55mm available with the D50, but it is optically a
    very poor match for the lenses you already own. I would strongly
    recommend avoiding it and buying the 18-70mm instead.
    Tony Polson, Aug 7, 2005
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  3. Thanks for your reply Tony, I will take a look at the D70 and D50 :)
    Joseph Birr-Pixton, Aug 8, 2005
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