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Post Adapters and manual lenses for Canon?
I use a Canon 60d & 70d and tend to shoot using either my 10-22 or 17-55. As I'm getting more experienced I'm noticing aperture flicker more and more often. I've read about the lens twist trick and tried that with varying success but I'm also becoming interested in manual lenses.

I've read several threads that make references to different adaptors and lenses suggesting Nikon as cheap and plentiful but on ebay.co.uk there does not seem to be that many Nikon F mount primes at all? Am I looking wrong place? Also why not Canon FD lenses?

As for adapters, I've seen them on Amazon for under £10, are these OK? or are there particularly recommended ones?

I would be really grateful for some pointers to get me started off in the right direction!
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Tue Feb 17, 2015 6:35 am
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I'm sure there are adapters for just about any kind of lens mount. Most bayonet mount lenses have a little lever that the camera body uses to stop down when the exposure is made. I like to use the old M42 screw mount lenses made before the automatic aperture stop down lever was invented. Older Pentax and Zenit cameras used them. Since there is no automatic aperture on them, you had to use the aperture ring on the lens to open it up to focus, then stop down to meter and shoot. The viewfinder was always really dark when you are choosing your moment to expose. They're nice for timelapse. They act just like a cine lens. They are all manual so they stay where you put them. I use the cheap adapters with no electrical contacts. There's lots of great glass out there which can be bought pretty cheap because nobody wants them except for cine applications. Here is a link to the kind of adapter I use.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/M42-lens-to-Can ... 51c94afd60

And here's a link to a great low light lens

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Asahi-Opt-PENTA ... 3cf2f648c3


Wed Feb 18, 2015 6:00 am
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Post Re: Adapters and manual lenses for Canon?
Forget using Canon FD lenses on a Canon EOS DSLR. They won't focus on far distances with that particular camera system. Though they'd be fine if you're only focusing on short distances. Apparently, there are adapters with an optical element inside them that allows Canon FD lenses to be focused at all distances on EOS bodies. Though you sacrifice quality when using such adapters.

By the way, I shoot with Panasonic Micro 4/3 cameras and I have no issue using Canon FD lenses with them....kind of ironic that these lenses can't be used effectively on the DSLR bodies made by the same manufacturer.


Thu Feb 19, 2015 3:42 am
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Post Re: Adapters and manual lenses for Canon?
What you need is a non-Canon lens that has a manual aperture control ring. These tend to be on older lenses. Several makes can be used, preferably ones that do not require an additional lens in the adapter. Ironically it is the cheap type adapter you want as these will not carry the aperture control from the camera through to the lens. This means the camera cannot open the iris between frames which is what causes aperture flciker.

Nikon are the usual choice of lenses, presumably because they are thought to be of the best quality, though Pentax K and the pre-digital Olympus OM lenses work just as well, using a simple lens-free adapter. Obviously third party lenses for these mounts will fit as well.

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Thu Feb 19, 2015 6:11 am
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Thanks for the replies, I'm going to dip my toes into ebay and see what I can get. I will report back!

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i like my pentax m42 lenses with a cheap adapter and a confirm chip. i have a couple of pentax super takumars and a couple of pentax smc's. i read some goods thing on the old konica 50mm.1.7 hexanon lenses bid on one on ebay did some more homework on them and found out they wont fit to eos cameras oops now i hope someone else bids me up before the end of the auction lol. as noted before fd lenses wont focus to infinity which may be ok if your doing macro. there are some old canon oem adapters that allow some lenses to reach infinity but i think they need to be L series as well and only some lenses. those adapters now reach the price of a new lens i hear. cheaper to buy a new lens. a quick google search should give you a list of what lens mount to what camera the german lens are quite popular as well. most manufactures have had a couple of years now to sort the adapter issues out you should be fairly safe what ever adapter you buy these days still google is your friend. i like the pentax m42 lens when i was originally looking at them the idea of a cheap adapter $12 and a lens 1/3 or less of a new lens swayed me lol


Wed Apr 29, 2015 3:49 am
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I use a set of manual Nikon primes (that I bought 20+ years ago) on a Canon 6D with great results. I'm using the Redrock F to EOS mount adapters as they are very well made and have grub screws to lock the adapter the the lens so it doesn't shift when you focus or adjust the aperture. One thing to bear in mind with Nikon manual lenses is that you may need to Dremel off the metal tab that sticks out from the back of the lens as it can interfere with the mirror. The size of the tab varies depending on the lens. Also be careful of some of the really wide and fisheye lenses as the back element can stick out from the back of the lens too far and hit the mirror. If I hadn't already owned these primes I would have gone with M43 Pentax and Olympus manual lenses as they adapt more easily.


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http://srb-photographic.co.uk//canon-eos-lens-adaptors-1169-c.asp

A good selection here including FD to EOS, uses an intermediate lens so slight reduction in quality and increases focal length by x1.6 if I remember correctly.

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