Canon EOS 400D & Nikon D40x : EOS EF lenses

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by M, Jun 24, 2007.

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    M Guest

    Its time to trade in my film EOS500 35mm SLR. Im looking at the
    EOS400D and the D40x. From what I've read, I suspect the D40x just has
    the edge.

    I'm wondering whether I could usefully re-use my EOS lenses (EF
    35-80mm & EF 80-200mm) with the EOS 400D and save money by just buying
    the digital body?

    Alternatively, can I re-use these lenses with the Nikon D40x - is
    there a converter?

    M, Jun 24, 2007
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    Noons Guest

    Not sure. The 1.6x senso bodies at Canon have weird
    lens requirements. In principle you should be able to,
    but better check with Canon themselves?

    Noons, Jun 24, 2007
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    PixelPix Guest

    Yes... All Canon DSLR will accept all EF lenses. The 400D will also
    accept EF-S lenses.... these are cheaper lenses designed for the 1.6x
    bodies only.


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    PixelPix, Jun 24, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    But you will want a wider lens in the range of 18-35mm also because your
    lenses will become longer. Your 35mm wide end will have a field of view
    of 56mm.
    Paul Furman, Jun 24, 2007
  5. Might be worth keeping the film body for times when you aren't allowed to
    use the digital body - such as take off and landing on an airliner (which
    happen to be my favourite parts of the flight as far as photography is

    I have Canon 35mm, APS and digital SLR bodies. The EF lenses work on all
    those bodies.
    Caveat would be older Sigma lenses (second-hand) will probably work on the
    older film body but not necessarily on the new digital body. It's a Sigma
    thing and the cure is to have updated chip into the lens.

    In the reviews of Canon versus Nikon that I've read, the result is usually
    that the makes are very close in performance and that it is not worth
    swapping from one make to the other if you already have bodies and lenses
    for one of those makes.

    As you have only a couple of Canon lenses then you aren't very deep into the
    Canon system so you have not got a big overhead if you do move over to
    Nikon. See if your retailer will let you have a "play" with each body for 20
    minutes at least. A friend and I did this with the Canon 30D and 350D and we
    actually had several sessions (typically 15 ~ 25 minutes each time) before
    we made a choice with which we have been very happy.

    Regards, Ian.
    Fred Anonymous, Jun 24, 2007
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    PixelPix Guest

    Is the EOS500 a mechanical camera or does it contain some electronics?

    I have Olympus OM-1n mechanical that contains no electronics other
    than a light meter. The light meter need not be turned on for the
    camera to work either. I am looking forward to shooting with it
    (light meter off) when the "no electronic devices" announcement is
    made next time I fly. I will bet my bottom dollar that they still
    tell me to turn it off.... "But Hostie, there is nothing to turn
    off!" lol

    I guess they would get me on the old "hand luggage must be stored for
    take off and landing" bit. :-(

    My OM-1n:
    PixelPix, Jun 25, 2007
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