Can Nikon and Canon DSLR's share lenses?

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  1. niuniu macrumors 68020

    niuniu

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    I have a D40 but am looking to buy a midrange Canon DSLR, as we'd be using both cameras on the same excursions I'd really want to make a choice on body largely on the ability of it to share lenses with the D40 (to save money).
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Not really. I think there are adaptors to fit Nikon lenses to Canon (but not the other way) but you don't get autofocus or even electronic aperture control.
     
  3. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    Is there a particular reason why you're not considering a mid-range Nikon? It would make more sense if you're looking for a new body that could share lenses with the D40.
     
  4. niuniu thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Oh alright, that's a real shame.

    Yeah definitely and that's what I would prefer to do, however the gf is into Canons and recently gave hers away to her brother - she's adamant it's a Canon she wants again. She prefers the colours taken with a Canon, personally I think Nikons are more accurate, but I don't want to start squabbling over it.

    If I can persuade her to go Nikon before the purchase then life would be a lot easier, if not, well I don't want her to feel pressured into using a camera she doesn't really want.
     
  5. flosseR macrumors 6502a

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    ah yes... love....things we do for it. Is it your camera or her camera? I mean are you going to use it as well? She gave hers away and now you have to buy a cam that would fit her desire? Where i come from there is a saying including another word for cat and a whip :)

    Anyway, joking aside, I have to say that the menu system for me was a big change when i moved , briefly, into canon camp, so be aware of a learning curve on your part. The midrange DSLRs don't differ on paper that much but I would carefully argue the midrange lenses on the Nikon side are better than the midrange (excluding the awesome 100mm macro non-IS from canon) in the canon corner. Of course this statement will start a flamewar but I have used both and that is my experience.
     
  6. compuwar macrumors 601

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    Profile and you'll get accurate colors no matter which body you use. It means processing the images before you use them, but you'll actually get accurate colors- I use the X-Rite passport to profile my sensors, and I can make two different sensors match color-wise.

    Paul
     

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