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Registered: ‎01-14-2013

Canon AE-1 50 mm lenses



I have a vintage film AE-1 with several lenses (50mm) and I am getting into photogaphy and will be purchasing a digital SLR.  Would be great to use the lenses I have for the new this possible?    Thanks.

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Registered: ‎10-16-2012

Re: Canon AE-1 50 mm lenses

Hi Caz,


FD mount lenses are not compatible with EOS Digital cameras.  The FD series lenses use a mechanical lens mount, while the EF lenses (used on the EOS SLR cameras) use an electronic lens mount. There was simply no way to preserve compatibility with the change.


I hope this helps,


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Registered: ‎02-06-2013

Re: Canon AE-1 50 mm lenses

I am using the FD mount 50mm mounted in reverse on top of my regular 100mm macro lens for macros. This changes my 1:1 macro lens into a 2:1 lens.

You might be able to buy an adaptor to use it with your DSLR the regular way but you wouldn't be able to use autofocus or auto-aperture settings...etc. Canon EF mount 50mm f/1.8 lens is only around $100 and it is very good- there is no need to use the old lens.
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