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Old 31-01-2008, 12:45   #1 (permalink)
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Hi. I'm getting a Canon EOS 400D and I'm just wondering:

I have an EOS 300v film camera and it already has a lens. Now can I use the same lens in the 400D (i.e. do I have to buy the kit or can I just go for the body?)

I've looked on some pictures and I couldn't see anything that would be different...

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Re: EF lens compatibility

Hi stuki and welcome to Pixalo. You may like to drop in at the Welcome Forum to say hello.

All Canon EF lenses will work with all EOS cameras, so the answer is that you don't need to buy a new lens. However, lens technology has moved on a great deal over the years, and, unless your existing lens is one of the best of its era, a modern lens would probably give better results. I would suggest getting a new general-purpose zoom along with the camera - there are some good deals going now, and also be aware that Canon has just announced the 450D as a successor to the 400D.
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Re: EF lens compatibility

If the lens you have is an EF lens, it will work on a 400D.

If it's not, you can probably find a mount adapter on ebay or something, but you'll lose functionality. I have an old M42 mount lens (135mm f/2.8) that I use with my Rebel XT with a mount adapter, but have to manually set aperture and focus.
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Re: EF lens compatibility

It will work if it's a Canon EF lens. Be aware though if you get an EF-S type lens with your digital camera it will only work on that. The reason being is these are designed for the smaller AP-S sized sensors in the consumer digital bodies.

All Canon EF lens work with the newer digital bodies and older film cameras. You may have an issue if the lens is a third party (eg Sigma) as there older lens usually need re-chipping / replacing as they reverse engineer the fitting, rather than licensing from Canon.
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Re: EF lens compatibility

When I bought my digital SLR, I initially used a couple of EF lenses from my old EOS 600. This was fine but I begain to notice that the lenses were not so good as I had thought. With digital I could see defficienies that had not previously been apparent. I eventually replaced the lenses with L series which has been a marked improvement. Perhaps I should find a cheaper hobby!!!
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All Canon EF lenses will work with all EOS cameras, so the answer is that you don't need to buy a new lens. However, lens technology has moved on a great deal over the years, and, unless your existing lens is one of the best of its era, a modern lens would probably give better results. I would suggest getting a new general-purpose zoom along with the camera - there are some good deals going now, and also be aware that Canon has just announced the 450D as a successor to the 400D.
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