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Can You Interchange Lenses?

There is a new question on whether camera lenses are interchangeable to other cameras?

The answer is a definite maybe. It depends on your camera and on the lenses you want to interchange. My opinion is that the older the lens or the camera the more likely that technology has passed you by and you are facing a planned obsolescence of one form or another.  This can even occur in the same brand let alone from one brand to another. Even so, you will most likely have a buy an adapter.

Why would a person do this?  Well, camera lenses and marriages are expensive.  “Honey, I need to buy a new DSLR and a $5,000 lens because the old one doesn’t work anymore.” is not good for your wallet or your spousal relations.   Plop a couple thousand dollars down for a camera lens and I guarantee you will want that lens to last and last and the good news is that they do.  The problem is they can last longer than the camera.

Your best shot is to Google the make of your camera.  A fair warning, There is no chart that I was able to find that covers all the possibilities even among a single brand.   Some helpful sites I was to find include:

http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/reviews.htm

http://www.photoimagenews.com/lens.htm

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/buy/Lens-Adapters/ci/3420/N/4077634486

 

Pros of an adapter

  • When camera lenses you own are very expensive, and very high quality.
  • When you don’t have the money to spend on a full set of new lenses.

Cons of the adapters.

  • The camera lenses you own are cheap.
  • The adapters may not give good optics.
  • They are very expensive $60 to $5000+
  • The available adapters may not fit correctly on either camera body or the lens.
  • You may lose the ability to auto-focus.
  • The sensor size in your new digital camera may not offer the same results with a lens from the age of film.

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