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I have a Canon Elan 7 and was planning on purchasing the Canon 50D. I have a few Canon lenses to go with my camera and did not know if they would be compatible with the digital camera I was getting. How can I tell if I can switch the lenses between digital and film? So I know if I need to buy a lens to go with the camera or not.
Thanks!
I am open to any other feedback about the camera too.

Any Canon "EF" lens (Electronic Focus) will work on any Canon EOS SLR, whether it be digital or 35mm film.  This means that any Canon lens you currently use on your Elan 7 will fit on any Canon Digital SLR you purchase.  However, Canon "EF-S" lenses (Electronic Focus - Small) will only work on Canon "APS-C" size (1.6x Crop) Digital SLRs, which include all the Digital "Rebels" and the 40D, 50D, 60D and 7D.

On a 1.6x Crop body, an "EF" lens will be 1.6x "longer" (you get a narrower angle of view) than it is on your Elan 7 or a "full frame" digital SLR (such as the 5D Mark II).  Just multiply the focal length by 1.6 to get the value.  For example: an "EF" 100mm lens will be 160mm on a 50D.  If you like shooting landscapes or other "wide-angle" shots, your current "EF" lens might not be wide enough on a crop body.  If that is the case, you could get an "EF-S" lens, such as the 10-22mm zoom, which would give you a wide-angle, but you wouldn't be able to use it on the Elan 7.

NOTE:  "EF" and "EF-S" are printed (along with the rest of the description) around the outside of the lens, near the glass.

The "kit" lenses that you can purchase with the Rebels, 50D, 60D and 7D are usually "EF-S" and will therefore not mount on your Elan 7.  If you're going to continue shooting both and want to swap lenses, then you might want to buy the body only, and purchase a separate EF lens.  Check out BHPhotoVideo.com and Adorama.com (professional camera stores in NY) for current promotions.

Note: if you decide to purchase a "third-party" lens (Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, etc.), be aware that they have their own designations.  For example:  Tamron's "Di" (Digitally Integrated) is their equivalent of "EF" (any digital or film SLR), while "Di II" is their equivalent of "EF-S" (1.6x Crop bodies only).

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Canon General / Re: Canon 16-35 f/2.8 DO Patent
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:56:06 PM »
IS is not mentioned in the patent.  The patent is all about using DO elements in a wide angle zoom to reduce CA.  I doubt if we will see the exact lenses covered in the patent, but we may see a IS version.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do not think there are any EF lenses with IS (not EF-S!) that do not reach at least 100mm.  Therefore, I doubt this (or even the oft-rumored 24-70mm f/2.8L II) will have IS.

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Canon General / Re: remote control your DSLR with your smartphone
« on: August 04, 2011, 11:47:11 PM »
I think this is realy cool

http://androidcommunity.com/dslr-controller-app-released-today-control-your-dslr-with-android-beta-20110804/

you can plug your phone on your camera and control it from the phone
I wonder if you can make time lapse movies using this?

Neither the article nor the video state that it has an intervalvometer, unless that's what they mean by "Continuous capture."  It would be nice, if it does have it!

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EOS Bodies / Re: Even Nikon has announced its FF successors.
« on: August 03, 2011, 07:12:51 PM »
Nikon has already announced its successors of its D700 and D3s, and they will be releasing it on the 24th August.

That's probably what Canon has been waiting for!  Wait for your competitor to announce their new product, so that you can trump them days/weeks later.  ;)

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EOS Bodies / Re: 1Ds Mark IV Dimensions Outed?
« on: July 28, 2011, 07:16:18 PM »
Ooooops!

:o

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Lenses / Re: why????
« on: July 24, 2011, 10:53:04 AM »
If you consider the fact the widest EF lenses (14mm, 15mm fisheye and 16-35mm) are all f/2.8, not 2.0, and I think you will find your answer.

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Contests / Re: Holga Giveaway
« on: July 21, 2011, 12:37:03 AM »
I know I'm not going to win, but...

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Lenses / Re: new lens and camerabody
« on: June 28, 2011, 08:06:02 PM »
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My doubts are like this...

first buy?
> CANON 7D  [1.035 eur]
> CANON EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (€999)
>  lighting, tripods, heads...

second buy?
> CANON EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM (€1 250)

third buy
> CANON EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (€1 199)

please, which could be your opinion

Since you are just starting out and you're ultimate goal is to get the 5D Mark II (or III), then you should consider getting a cheaper body (600D) to start.  Even consider a used or refurbished one, such as the 40D.

Canon Refurbished Lenses:
http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductListingViewAll_10051_10051_-1_22751

Canon Refurbished Bodies:
http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductListingViewAll_10051_10051_-1_29252

Fred Miranda Buy & Sell Forum (great place to buy used equipment):
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/board/10

Fred Miranda Discussion and Review Forums:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/

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If you're going to be using the ultra-wide angle lens for shooting landscapes (and, therefore, don't need the extra f-stop), consider the 17-40mm f/4L, it's almost as wide and about half the cost (it also takes 77mm filters, instead of 82mm ones).  Another option, is a used 16-35mm Mark I (the original used 77mm filters).

You mentioned you wanted to shoot some sports, so check out the 70-200mm f/4L, instead of the 24-105.  You will double your reach and eliminate the overlap with the ultra-wide.

You could then get a 50mm f/1.4 to fill the gap in between those 2 lenses.  Using a fast prime, like a 50mm  'normal' lens, is a great way to learn exposure (much easier to blur the background) and comes in handy in low-light situations, including portraits.  (I recommend that this should be the first lens that you buy.)

In the end, no one can tell you which is the correct lens to buy.  Read reviews and decide what you want to do with your camera and lens(es).

Finally, remember that a great photo depends more on the skill of the photographer, than the camera and lens.  The camera might set the exposure correctly, but it cannot choose or frame the subject.

Good luck and have fun,

DJL

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EOS Bodies / Re: BUY 5d MkII now or WAIT for 5d MkIII????
« on: June 11, 2011, 05:20:59 PM »
Haponat,

Just wait for the 5D Mark III to come out ... and then buy my 5D Mark II. ;D

DJL

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Contests / Re: Blue Crane Digital Giveaway!
« on: May 27, 2011, 07:47:47 PM »
"The End of Winter"

My entry for the "Understanding the Canon Speedlite" DVD.

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Lenses / Re: Using EF-S lens on FF body???
« on: May 26, 2011, 07:12:27 PM »
Even if you could, you're still not going to fill up the a full-frame sensor, so why bother risking it?

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Lenses / Re: Does anyone know of any adaptors which allow
« on: May 26, 2011, 12:23:17 AM »
If possible I wish try and fit the Canon 10-22mm lens to my new Canon 5Dd markll,
i don"t have any wide lens for my new 5d mark ll, except 85mm1.8,  28-135,
2 days ago i preapered money for buy canon lens 17-40, on the last minute when i searched on the photography forums, i saw some people said this not great lens and have some issue on the edge, and something els,
now i just need one wide canon lens, thanks for any advice

Even if you could mount it, the EF-S 10-22mm will not fill up the sensor on a full-frame dSLR (or 35mm SLR, for that matter), as it is designed for the smaller 1.6x crop sensor.  Lots (most?) of lenses are 'soft in the corners,' but unless you're making large prints, I doubt it will be a big problem.  Don't be a 'pixel peeper' -- worry about your subject and how it's framed.  Besides, if they could make lenses 'perfect,' they wouldn't have to keep designing new ones... ;)

The 17-40mm f/4L is one of Canon's "L" lenses, so it'll be of higher quality than the 10-22mm.  That wide, the only other options for full-frame are the 16-35mm f/2.8L (more expensive, of course) or the 14mm f/2.8L, which is even more expensive.

You could also check out 3rd party lenses, like the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 (also sold under other names, such as Bower at B&H Photo).  I've seen lots of good reviews of that particular one, however it is completely manual, so no auto-focus.

My recommendation is to check out the Canon forums on fredmiranda dot com for reviews and samples images taken with the 17-40mm.  (They also have a buy&sell forum, for purchasing used equipment.)  And, as someone else mentioned, try it out before you buy (always a good idea with an expensive item). 

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Canon General / Re: Patent - EF 50 f/1.4
« on: May 25, 2011, 09:11:19 PM »
Any experts who are able to explain what the potential differences may be? To me this looks like the same design Canon had for the last 40 years - which I think is great by the way.

What is the thing marked as "Ggi 1"? And could it be that the lens element in the back is bigger?

So, anyway - what ever they'll do I hope it'll be better mechanically.

usm?

Definitely has to have USM.  A reduced MFD would also be nice, as some of the newer primes have.

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Canon General / Re: Patent - EF 50 f/1.4
« on: May 25, 2011, 07:59:23 PM »
I wonder, though, if the EF non-L primes sell enough these days for Canon to feel that a redesign and everything associated with a new product is warranted.  In recent years there seems to have been a pattern of letting non-L primes wither.

Perhaps now that they updated a lot (most?) of the L primes, they're finally getting around to the non-L primes.  The 15mm Fisheye would be one example.

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Lenses / Re: New Canon Lenses Availability - Update
« on: May 25, 2011, 07:56:16 PM »
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My feeling is that no new lens announcements will be made until they've sorted this mess out.

Generally, I'm not one to second-guess Canon (or Nikon). I can't argue with their success. But, I do admit this whole lens thing has me wondering.

I didn't pay much attention when these lenses were first announced because lenses that cost thousands of dollars aren't likely to show up in my camera bag anytime soon. I never really understood why they felt the need to upgrade these Big Whites and assumed it had more to do with market positioning than anything else.

But, as the months go by without the product actually being delivered, it sure does seem that it's got to be a little embarrassing. And, I agree that it's a little hard to announce and deliver other lenses while these announcements gather dust.

1.  As megapixels increase, the dSLRs start to out-resolve the lenses.

2.  New technology, including the newer IS modes.

3.  Competition.  If you sit still, you fall behind.

4.  Part of the delay has been caused by the natural disasters in Japan, which is where the bodies and lenses are produced.

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