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Old Feb 1, 2007, 3:44 PM   #1
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Can I purchase an adapter to make it possible for my 30D to accept FD mounted glass, then use a vivitar macro lens that states for FD mount only... I can't find this lens for EOS cameras and I really want it. Thanks, Donna
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Old Feb 1, 2007, 5:04 PM   #2
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They do make an adapter I believe, but the image quality really suffers so I've heard. And the Vivitar lens is probably not really top notch to begin with. Sigma and Tamron both make very good quality macro lenses for Canon EF mounts.
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This particular vivitar is a series 1, pro line from the 70's. It is supposed to be super sharp...according to a 3rd party cult classic lens forum. Donna
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Old Feb 1, 2007, 6:23 PM   #4
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This particular vivitar is a series 1, pro line from the 70's...
Do you mean this lens (among others)?


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Old Feb 1, 2007, 6:26 PM   #5
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yes, is it as good as I have heard...I have seen some shots with it on flickr and they always seem amazing....donna
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Yes, you can use FD to EF adapters.

http://www.bobatkins.com/photography...focus_EOS.html


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Old Feb 1, 2007, 7:05 PM   #7
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thanks for the thread! donna

p.s. looks like after reading the thread I will be wasting my time with most of these lens, cheaper but not better quality and more work...
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Old Feb 2, 2007, 5:21 AM   #8
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p.s. looks like after reading the thread I will be wasting my time with most of these lens, cheaper but not better quality and more work...
Donna - Not neccesarily... :idea:

1. If I understand the thread's title correctly you're looking for a series 1 Macro which in most case you'll be using manual focus anyway even with an 'autofocus' lens, at least that what I do for almost all my macro shots: You rarely shoot macro in AF!!!

2. There is no such thing as a bad macro lens - if you do look around some of the sharpest macro are from the 3rd parties, notably the older Tamron 90mm Macro. Plus on your 30D dSLR you'll using the best part of the resulting cropped image!

3. Macro photography also requires the use of Flash (since you'll be stopping down the lens to get maximum DOF), and the Canon's flash system works best when the camera is set on manual also... (The flash still remains on automatic E-TTL though )

-> So the only inconvenience I can foresee is stopping down the lens before taking the shot (i.e. 1-step extra when using an FD vs EF lens) - You're still able to manual focus when the lens is wide open

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Old Feb 2, 2007, 8:00 AM   #9
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NHL is this lens really good? donna
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Old Feb 3, 2007, 4:44 AM   #10
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It was quite good and popular in its day - The series 1 were the Sigma Pro 'EX' series at the time competing quite well with the budding FD's L

Some macros here: http://www.photosig.com/go/photos/browse?id=18495
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