Can I use this Canon (film) lens on a dslr?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by MrSmith, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. MrSmith macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
    I have the (EF?) 28-90mm lens from my old EOS Kiss (aka EOS Rebel G) film camera. Does anyone know if it will work with a Canon dslr?
  2. gatepc macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA
    I believe it will work on the newer cameras. But don't quote me on that.
  3. Brien macrumors 68030


    Aug 11, 2008
    All EOS cameras can use EF lenses, digital or not. It'll work.
  4. MrSmith thread starter macrumors 68040


    Nov 27, 2003
  5. Acsom macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2009
    It will fit, but I've read that the anti-reflective coatings on the older EOS film lenses may be unsuitable for digital sensors. I have no direct or insider knowledge here, just what I've read. You'd best experiment with it and see if it is satisfactory for the way you shoot, before you use it for something important.

    Source; by all means, debate if you think it is wrong, I only share it.
  6. marioman38 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 8, 2006
    Elk Grove, CA
    Works fine, I'm using all my old film lenses on my XTi perfectly :)
  7. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    It will work, but you probably would not want to use it.
  8. ThunderRobot macrumors regular


    Aug 10, 2008
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Why give an answer like that without explaining why the poster would not want to use it?
  9. Phrasikleia macrumors 601


    Feb 24, 2008
    Over there------->
    Yes, it will work, but as you can see from this page, there are three versions of the lens, none of them much good. It's a budget lens with poor image quality, poor build quality, a rotating front element, and no stabilization. Used copies sell for as low as $45.
  10. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    The point in using such lens might be to first buy a DSLR body as cheap as possible, then upgrade the lens later. What's wrong with that picture?
  11. OreoCookie macrumors 68030

    Apr 14, 2001
    Sendai, Japan
    Yes, but it's not a very good lens (it's a kit lens) nor is the focal length range too appealing.
  12. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    As in most cheap kit lenses, reviewers mention that if you use it between f8 and f16, should be okay for now... :)
  13. leighonigar macrumors 6502a

    May 5, 2007
    Oh yes, I know, it was a short answer but I would have thought most people could figure out what I was suggesting (low IQ). I could have written a longer response, but I fall between not answering internet questions that can be solved with a google, and answering properly - I answer them, but not particularly well.

    As for buying a DSLR cheaply then upgrading the lens, it might be an idea if you were going to buy a good lens later and just wanted to learn the body but if you wanted to take photographs with it, honestly, I would buy one of the kits with the 18-55. The kit lenses don't cost that much when bundled and are much more appropriate, especially when the crop of APS-C cameras is taken into account.
  14. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    The effect is very small. What happens is that CCD sensors reflect some light back on the lens and some of this gets reflected back to the sensor. If the rear element has better coating this is minimized. But all lenses have coatings.

    The lens in question is a low-cost kit lens for one of Canon's film cameras. It will work fine but is really not wide enough for the smaller frame size. 28mm was wide with a full frame camera but is almost a "normal" lens on a crop body.
  15. toxic macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2008
    a lot of lenses still aren't "designed for digital," so i don't think it's all that significant.

    anything with "EF" or "EF-S" in its name will mount to an XSi.
  16. Acsom macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2009
    Well, I don't mind being wrong; it's happened a lot in my life, it'll happen again. If the OP is pleased with the results, that is what matters. I'd be happy to see some great shots posted!

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