I have been told that only lens with auto focusing can be used with the Rebel body

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by John A., Sep 18, 2005.

  1. John A.

    John A. Guest

    I have been told that only lens with auto focusing can be used with
    the Rebel body. Is this information accurate ?

    John A., Sep 18, 2005
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  2. Yes and no.

    Yes, for the most part, the vast majority of lenses for Canon digital SLRs
    are AF. Almost all of them in fact- certainly all those within reach of the
    bulk of consumers.

    No, there are a few specialist lenses (that most people will never own- the
    TSE lenses for example) that are EF fit but manual focus only. And there are
    custom-built adapters to fit other mount lenses onto a Canon body that do
    not autofocus.
    Martin Francis, Sep 18, 2005
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  3. John A.

    Stacey Guest

    The FD lenses won't work if that's what you mean.
    Stacey, Sep 19, 2005
  4. The FD lenses won't work if that's what you mean.[/QUOTE]

    Well, they won't work without an adapter. Canon made 2. One had no
    optics, and lost the ability to infinity focus - it was intended for use
    with FD macro equipment, and since most macro work is best done using
    manual focus this is quite satisfactory. The other was in effect a
    moderate teleconverter (about 1.3x IIRC) for use with the extreme FD
    telephotos. The latter is quite rare, and only works with a limited
    range of lenses; the former is relatively easy to obtain and quite

    It is also possible to obtain EOS - M42 adapters.

    The Canon EOS bodies do have the advantage of working quite well with
    non-EOS lenses; setting to Av (aperture priority) gives good stop-down

    David Littlewood, Sep 19, 2005
  5. John A.

    piperut Guest

    The FD mount lenses will not work on the EOS mount cameras. There are
    adapters you can purchase that will allow them to function in the fully
    manual mode. However, you will loose an f-stop of light with an

    There are a couple of fully manual lenses you can purchase for the EOS
    cameras such as the Peleng 8mm lens. You have to use this lens in the
    fully manual setting, and it is a manual focus lens. There are a
    couple of other special lenses that are fully manual.

    Also, you can set the EOS lenses on manual focus.

    However, for the most part you need to use true auto-focus lenses.

    piperut, Sep 19, 2005
  6. John A.

    Larry Lynch Guest

    I have several old (30 or more years) Contax\Yashica lenses which work
    on my DRebel with an adaptor (no glass) plate I got for $30 (US).

    No light loss, all focus to infinity, all FAST lenses:

    135 mm f2
    80 to 200 mm zoom f3-f3
    50 mm f1.8

    If you have any Contax/Yashica lenses you can get the adaptor by doing a
    search for contax/EOS on e-bay and placing a bid.
    Larry Lynch, Sep 19, 2005
  7. John A.

    John A. Guest

    Thank you guys for the excellent information.
    I will receive the camera and the lens Oct the 9nt and will come back
    requesting more help.
    Thanks again

    John A., Sep 19, 2005
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