Will digital lens work on a film camera?

2 years 1 month ago #541263 by Luca
I'm shopping for a film camera and wondering if my digital lenses will work on the film camera.  Obviously in manual.  Will it work? 


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2 years 1 month ago #541264 by Shadowfixer1
Doesn't matter as long as it is the correct mount. There is no such thing as film or digital lenses. They are one and the same.

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2 years 1 month ago #541306 by John Landolfi
You can probably get most to work in Aperture Priority, The problem will be to adjust aperture if you try to use a G lens.


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2 years 1 month ago #541330 by effron
My modern lenses work quite well on my F100, not so much my older bodies....

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2 years 1 month ago #541437 by Screamin Scott
They should work as long as the lenses have an aperture ring to control the aperture. We really need to know which lenses & what camera though.

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2 years 1 month ago #541447 by McBeth Photography
if it isn't a crop sensor lens (DX) you should be fine with the bodies mentioned like the F100. 

It is what it is.

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2 years 1 month ago #541520 by Kelly Lambert
Yep, you'll be good with manual functions

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2 years 4 weeks ago #541563 by Paris Gal
Didn't know that, so the glass goes both ways. 

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2 years 4 weeks ago #541601 by Gene.Culley
Yes, like a glove


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2 years 4 weeks ago #541714 by Moe
That's funny, I had no idea.  I thought old was good with new, But I didn't know new could be used on old. 


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2 years 4 weeks ago #541725 by effron

Paris Gal wrote: Didn't know that, so the glass goes both ways. 


As long as you don't mind manual functions, which sometimes is the case. Nikon's backward compatibility is a great feature.

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2 years 4 weeks ago #541789 by garyrhook

McBeth Photography wrote: if it isn't a crop sensor lens (DX) you should be fine with the bodies mentioned like the F100. 


Irrelevant. The sensor size has nothing to do with the lens mount and function.


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2 years 4 weeks ago #541793 by Shadowfixer1

garyrhook wrote:

McBeth Photography wrote: if it isn't a crop sensor lens (DX) you should be fine with the bodies mentioned like the F100. 


Irrelevant. The sensor size has nothing to do with the lens mount and function.

Far from irrelevant. While it will function, the image circle for a DX lens will not cover the area of the frame so you would have a black circle around the center of the image. A film camera definitely needs a lens that is not a DX lens even though technically it would work.

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2 years 4 weeks ago #541794 by garyrhook

Shadowfixer1 wrote:

garyrhook wrote:

McBeth Photography wrote: if it isn't a crop sensor lens (DX) you should be fine with the bodies mentioned like the F100. 


Irrelevant. The sensor size has nothing to do with the lens mount and function.

Far from irrelevant. While it will function, the image circle for a DX lens will not cover the area of the frame so you would have a black circle around the center of the image. A film camera definitely needs a lens that is not a DX lens even though technically it would work.


It's irrelevant to the question that was asked. Which was, will it work? Not "will vignetting be a problem if I use a lens designed for a DX (or smaller) sensor?"

So, yes, of course the above is accurate. But seeing as how I'm not a big fan of conflation, I prefer to separate my threads of discussion based on subject/question and focused responses.

Perhaps a better original question might have been, "will I run into any problems, and if so, what kind, if I try to use modern lenses on an older film SLR camera?" But that wasn't what happened.

I find redirection/misdirection annoying. Mea culpa.


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2 years 3 weeks ago - 2 years 3 weeks ago #541805 by Shadowfixer1

garyrhook wrote:

Shadowfixer1 wrote:

garyrhook wrote:

McBeth Photography wrote: if it isn't a crop sensor lens (DX) you should be fine with the bodies mentioned like the F100. 


Irrelevant. The sensor size has nothing to do with the lens mount and function.

Far from irrelevant. While it will function, the image circle for a DX lens will not cover the area of the frame so you would have a black circle around the center of the image. A film camera definitely needs a lens that is not a DX lens even though technically it would work.


It's irrelevant to the question that was asked. Which was, will it work? Not "will vignetting be a problem if I use a lens designed for a DX (or smaller) sensor?"

So, yes, of course the above is accurate. But seeing as how I'm not a big fan of conflation, I prefer to separate my threads of discussion based on subject/question and focused responses.

Perhaps a better original question might have been, "will I run into any problems, and if so, what kind, if I try to use modern lenses on an older film SLR camera?" But that wasn't what happened.

I find redirection/misdirection annoying. Mea culpa.

True, but even that was not the question asked. The question was "will digital lenses" (which there is no such thing) work on film cameras. I'm still puzzled why anyone would think of lenses in terms of digital vs. film. A lens is a lens. The mount, coverage and things like autofocus and aperture control is all that matters. If the lens is a screw dive autofocus, does the body have that capability. Can the body handle exposure for a lens that doesn't have an aperture ring? These are the relevant questions to ask. A lens is just glass. It doesn't know what it's projecting the image onto. Film, sensor or the back of a shoe box doesn't matter to the lens.

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