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Canon Lens on Nikon Body??

Rob Cicchetti , Oct 11, 2004; 04:54 p.m.

Does anyone have any experience using Canon lenses (particularly 300mm telephoto and super tele's (400-500mm)) on Nikon DSLR bodies? If so, any comments are welcome. Feel free to email me at assetrob@aol.com



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Vivek . , Oct 11, 2004; 05:03 p.m.

You can not do that. The other way (nikon lens on canon) is possible with an adaptor.


Adam Weiss , Oct 11, 2004; 05:25 p.m.

To add the "why" to that answer, the Canon mount is bigger than the Nikon mount, so you can fit a Nikon lens and adaptor on the Canon, but even just the Canon lens with no adaptor is too big to fit on the Nikon.

Vivek . , Oct 11, 2004; 05:39 p.m.

No, that is not the reason.

The camera registry of Nikon requires a longer back focal length than a canon lens can offer.

It is (in principle) possible to use Leica lenses on on Nikon bodies, if a 0.5mm Nikon F to Leica R mount adaptor can be made.


Ross Marks , Oct 11, 2004; 08:04 p.m.

Vivek is correct. You can mount a Hassie lens on a Nikon with an adapter - the physical size of the lens is not the issue. The distance from the camera mounting flange ot the film plane is what counts. If you could find or make an adapter to use a Canon lens on a Nikon body, you would not be able to get infinity focus. It would be like using the Canon lens with an extension tube on a Canon body.

Regards, Ross

adam k krause , Oct 11, 2004; 08:09 p.m.

I've heard that the nikon lenses that are made specifically for digital wont work on a cannon with an adapter, is this true?

Mark Chappell , Oct 11, 2004; 08:28 p.m.

I have to ask: why would anyone want to do that? Canon lenses work great on Canon cameras (AF, stabilization, etc.). Nikon lenses work great on Nikon cameras. If you have Canon lenses, why not buy a Canon DSLR? Conversely, if you have a Nikon DSLR, why not get Nikon lenses? Yes, Canon big telephotos have image stabilization which (up to now) is absent from Nikon lenses, but you would lose that feature in a 'transplant'.

B G , Oct 11, 2004; 10:13 p.m.

with lenses this long you should be able to have a camera/lens machinist make an adapter or new lens mount for these lenses to the correct back focus.

You will loose all electronic communication with the camera and will have to shoot in complete manual mode, without automatic iris closing. IOW, stop down focusing and metering.

Century Prescision Optics may be able to do this.

I suspect that it may be cheaper to buy a Canon body than to do this conversion. I've used the converted lenses (nikon and canon) on motion picture cameras. The conversions have always been the older, manual versions of the lenses.

Mark Wahlster , Oct 11, 2004; 10:40 p.m.

BG just how would you go about stopping down an Canon EF mount lens manually? The apreture on that mount is controlled electronically not manually. You would only be able to use the lens in what ever aperture the lens rests in. I don't know what that is it could be wide open or like the FD mount lenses it could be around f8.

In anycase the transplant is not suitable.

B G , Oct 12, 2004; 12:31 a.m.

BG just how would you go about stopping down an Canon EF mount lens manually? The apreture on that mount is controlled electronically not manually.

Mark, The original post did not specify EF mount. And you're right, I'm only familiar with the FD mount lenses. I did mention that I had only used manual lenses that had been converted.

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