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will ef lenses for film camera fit a digital slr?


will ef  lenses  for film camera fit a digital slr?



Hi zorro!
So that the Community can help you better, we will need to know exactly what equipment you're using. Any other details you'd like to give will only help the Community better understand your issue! Thanks and have a great day!


Yes they should but you may not get as good of an image from them compared to a newer version designed for digital. This is easily verified when you check (pixel peep) your photos at 100% on your monitor. When you shot film you wouldn't have enlarged so much and therefore you couldn't see any weaknesses from the lenses of the era.


"A skill is developed through constant practice with a passion to improve, not bought."


But, in general, the answer is "yes".


All Canon EF lenses are compatible with all EOS cameras (film or digital), with very few limitations. (One exception, the EOS-M would need an adapter to fit EF lenses to it.) Some lenses have been redesigned "for digital", but a lot of them that were originally designed for film are still unchanged and continue to work wonderfully. Some more recent "EF-S" lenses designed for digital are not backward compatible with film cameras, and won't fit onto modern "full frame" DSLRs, either.  


It would help to know more specifics about both the lenses and the camera you want to use them upon.



My advice would be to try to avoid "pixel peeping". It serves little purpose, unless you plan to make really huge prints from your images!


Alan Myers

San Jose, Calif., USA
"Walk softly and carry a big lens."
GEAR: 5DII, 7D(x2), 50D(x3), some other cameras, various lenses & accessories



Canon "EF" lenses can be used on _all_ Canon EOS bodies ... whether digital or film EOS.  


There's an adapter necessary to use an EF lens on an EOS-M body but it can be done (Canon makes the adapter.)


Canon "EF-S" lenses can only be used on camera bodies that use APS-C size sensors.  This includes all "Rebel" bodies, all mid-level bodies (bodies with 2 numbers preceeding the "D" such as the 50D, 60D, 70D) as well as the 7D, and the EOS-M bodies (with adapter) but you cannot use "EF-S" lenses on EOS film bodies or digital bodies with full-frame sensors (such as the 6D, 5D family, or 1D family of bodies.)


In the unlikely event that you've stumbled across a 10D -- it's an exception to the EF-S lens rule... the 10D can't use EF-S lenses.


Tim Campbell
5D III, 5D IV, 60Da