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Friday
May012009

Old M42 Lenses On My New Canon 350d Rebel XT

OK, I have no idea whether these lenses will be any good, but I got a M42-Canon EF Mount Adapter through the post from eBay yesterday, and couldn't resist taking some shots of the new with the old:

Soligor 90-200mm Zoom, f4.5, On Canon 350d Rebel XT
Soligor 90-200mm Zoom, f4.5, On Canon 350d Rebel XT



Soligor 90-230mm Zoom, f4.5, With 2x Tele Converter, On Canon 350d Rebel XT
Soligor 90-230mm Zoom, f4.5, With 2x Tele Converter, On Canon 350d Rebel XT



Pentacon 28mm F2.8 On Canon 350d Rebel XT
Pentacon 28mm F2.8 On Canon 350d Rebel XT



Macro Extension Tubes On 28mm F2.8 Pentacon, On Canon 350d Rebel XT
Macro Extension Tubes On 28mm F2.8 Pentacon, On Canon 350d Rebel XT



Carl Zeis Jenna 50mm F2.8 On Canon 350d Rebel XT
Carl Zeis Jenna 50mm F2.8 On Canon 350d Rebel XT



So what's the point of all this? Well, as you may know, every camera manufacturer has a different lens mount, and most have changed that mount over the years. In the past, the M42 screw-type lens mount was very popular, so there's loads of cheap lenses available.

With a fairly cheap adapter (about £6) from eBay, these old M42 lenses will now fit my 350d Rebel XT - much cheaper than buying new lenses from Canon, Sigma, Tamron, etc.

The catch is that you can only use manual focus, and aperture priority or manual modes - so everything is a lot slower. I don't know if any of these lenses will have any advantage over my Canon 28-80mm, but it's going to be a lot of fun trying them out!

Cheers, Rob.

Reader Comments (4)

where the result Mr. Rob? cant wait to see it, he he he

May 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commentershade

Hi Rob,

Have just got back from my holiday in Africa...Congrats on your first DSLR! Interesting that one can use M42 lenses! Look forwards to seeing the results.

May 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMozuk

Cheers Guys,

It's gonna take awhile to get used to the new lenses / back, but it should be good!

Thanks, Rob.

May 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob_Nunn

Thank you for all your videos!All the best from Romania!

September 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterALEX

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