Canon Community Canon Community
 


Reply
Highlighted
New Contributor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-27-2017

Film Student Question: weird lenses

I have a Canon 7d that's a few years old. I've used it both for photography and film as I've been studying. Recently my dad found his father's old canon film camera, I think the Mark IV, 50s, with a bunch of lenses which I think are m39 serenars, which means they wont be appliable to my 7d. My question is if I get
a mirrorless with FHD or even 4k capabilities, will I be able to shoot video on it using those lenses my dad found?
Highlighted
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 4,247
Registered: ‎02-17-2016

Re: Film Student Question: weird lenses

You have to look and see if you can find an adapter. If they are truly m-39:

google m39 to EF-M adapter.

Highlighted
New Contributor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-27-2017

Re: Film Student Question: weird lenses

Right I'm aware of that, but if I had a mirrorless and a adapter would I still be able to film on those? Or would it turn out to be a expensive failed experiment?
Highlighted
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 4,247
Registered: ‎02-17-2016

Re: Film Student Question: weird lenses

Both.

Highlighted
New Contributor
Posts: 3
Registered: ‎03-27-2017

Re: Film Student Question: weird lenses

How do you mean?
Highlighted
Honored Contributor
Posts: 5,558
Registered: ‎06-25-2014

Re: Film Student Question: weird lenses


@CamelMan wrote:
How do you mean?

Some old lenses can be made to work on some modern digital cameras. But it's a lot of work, requires adapters that can be expensive or hard to find, and often produces unsatisfactory results. Even the cheapest modern lenses tend to perform better on modern cameras than old lenses do. I don't fully understand the physics involved, but some of it has to do with the angle at which light intersects the focal plane. Digital sensors are pickier than film was, and modern lenses are designed to accommodate that fact.

 

We get questions all the time from people who want to save a buck or two by re-using old lenses. And some people who are knowledgeable enough try to tell them how to do it. But rarely do we hear from someone who has tried it and still thinks it was a great idea.

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
Highlighted
Esteemed Contributor
Posts: 4,247
Registered: ‎02-17-2016

Re: Film Student Question: weird lenses

Like Robert said. If you just want the conceit of using your dads lenses to make a film - not matter the outcome - you can do that. IF you really want a good tool for cinematography you should look elsewhere.

Highlighted
VIP
Posts: 10,584
Registered: ‎08-13-2015

Re: Film Student Question: weird lenses


@RobertTheFat wrote:

@CamelMan wrote:
How do you mean?

Some old lenses can be made to work on some modern digital cameras. But it's a lot of work, requires adapters that can be expensive or hard to find, and often produces unsatisfactory results. Even the cheapest modern lenses tend to perform better on modern cameras than old lenses do. I don't fully understand the physics involved, but some of it has to do with the angle at which light intersects the focal plane. Digital sensors are pickier than film was, and modern lenses are designed to accommodate that fact.

 

We get questions all the time from people who want to save a buck or two by re-using old lenses. And some people who are knowledgeable enough try to tell them how to do it. But rarely do we hear from someone who has tried it and still thinks it was a great idea.


Today's "digital" lenses have more coatings on them to reduce glare and reflections compared to yesteryear's "film" lenses.  Digital image sensors can reflect light that hit their surfaces back up into the lens, which in turn can get reflected back down onto the image sensor, creating a loop.  This is why many older lenses designed for film cameras seem so prone to fogging and other types of light distortion.  

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

"Doctor told me to get out and walk, so I bought a Canon."
powered by Lithium

LIKE US on Facebook FOLLOW US on Twitter WATCH US on YouTube CONNECT WITH US on Linkedin WATCH US on Vimeo FOLLOW US on Instagram SHOP CANON at the Canon Online Store
© Canon U.S.A., Inc.   |    Terms of Use   |    Privacy Statement