Will digital lens work on a film camera?

2 years 1 month ago #541810 by effron
Shadow is correct, however a DX lens IS a digital lens as it doesn't doesn't do well on a full frame 35mm film camera, and I've never heard of a crop filmer. It was designed for a specific DSLR. They do work, just not satisfactorily...

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2 years 1 month ago - 2 years 1 month ago #541812 by Shadowfixer1

effron wrote: Shadow is correct, however a DX lens IS a digital lens as it doesn't doesn't do well on a full frame 35mm film camera, and I've never heard of a crop filmer. It was designed for a specific DSLR. They do work, just not satisfactorily...

I guess in that way you could consider a DX lens as a "digital" lens. I just never thought of it in terms of digital vs. film. It was always full frame vs. crop to me. Thanks for pointing that out.

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2 years 1 month ago #541813 by effron
I never actually thought of it either until I read your's and Gary's posts.....I reasoned, the DX lenses had one designed use.....(duh):S

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2 years 1 month ago #541814 by garyrhook

Shadowfixer1 wrote: 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.


You are, of course, accurate. I allowed for interpretation of the term "digital" to mean "lenses that you can acquire with modern DSLR cameras." Thus my focus on the very items you mention, and not size of the rendered image in-camera.

As for "why anyone would think of lenses in terms of digital.." it's similar to "HD antennas". Ain't no such thing. (Apologies for not using the correct plural of antenna.)

I firmly believe that if you want good answers, you have to ask good questions. Turns out that's harder than it first appears.


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2 years 4 weeks ago #541884 by Gammill
I wouldn't know from hands on experience so can on nod my head in approval of what makes sense here.  Now in terms of digital statements.  Let's flip this to someone asking about manual lens from a film camera, the statement works there.  So why not the other way around? 


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2 years 4 weeks ago #541889 by Shadowfixer1

Gammill wrote: I wouldn't know from hands on experience so can on nod my head in approval of what makes sense here.  Now in terms of digital statements.  Let's flip this to someone asking about manual lens from a film camera, the statement works there.  So why not the other way around? 

I don't understand what you are trying to say. Manual vs. what? Manual lenses are still being sold today and many people use and some prefer them. The point is lenses have nothing to do with being digital or film. While it's true that DX or APSC specific lenses aren't ideal for film, they still would work. You just won't have a complete image with them. As long as you can mount a lens to a camera, it will work to some extent. The compatibility issues arise from aperture control, vibration control, and autofocus. I has nothing to do with digital or film. 

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2 years 4 weeks ago #542052 by MYoung
Sure will


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2 years 4 weeks ago - 2 years 4 weeks ago #542066 by Screamin Scott
The actual answer depends on what camera & what lenses.....There will be limitations, but what they will be depends on camera model

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