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A lens mount is an interface, mechanical and often also electrical, between a photographic camera body and a lens. It is confined to cameras where the body allows interchangeable lenses.

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Which adapter do I need to mount a vintage Marexar-CX Lens to Nikon D3100?

I have purchased a vintage MAREXAR-CX Zoom, MACRO lens, Multi-Coated 1:4.5-4.8 F=80-250mm 58 No 90686. It says is a Minolta fitting lens, made in Japan. I would like to try it out with my Nikon ...
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What is the difference between EF and EF-S lenses?

This is specific to Canon, but what is the difference between EF and EF-S lenses?
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Is a small amount of play on the Fujifilm X-E1 mount normal?

I have a brand new Fuji X-E1 with the 18-55 zoom. The lens has the barest amount of play once mounted, rotating back and forth less than a half millimeter if I twist it firmly. I've had old Nikon film ...
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Are there drawbacks when using Panasonic lenses on Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras?

I'm interested in trying out Olympus' new OM-D E-M5, and since I'm used to using a normal prime (and just spent some time using one on Fujifilm's new mirrorless EVF camera), I'd like to try that ...
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Could an old Nikkor-P lens damage a DSLR?

Someone was interested in buying my D3000 body (I had upgraded and want to keep the lenses). He had a very old Nikkor-P lens, which seemed to fit onto my camera alright. But the LCD screen said "lens ...
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What are the clues to look at regarding how long Canon's EF/EF-S lens mount might be current? [closed]

I'm interested in buying a new lens for my Canon but am concerned the lens mount might be discontinued soon. The EF-S lens mount was invented in 2003, and the EF mount in 1987 (wikipedia). Electronics ...
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Name of contact pins of Canon mount and where to buy it?

I want to convert my Canon lens into a macro lens. I really need the contact pins to customize the ring so the aperture will work. But I can't find it anywhere. Does somebody know the name of this ...
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What Nikon cameras is a Sigma AF-k lens compatible with?

I was recently given a Sigma AF-k lens and told it was Nikon compatible. I am trying to get a better handle of what the AF-k stands for. I have both a Nikon F4s and a D5100 that I use and not ...
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Aperture value appears as '- -' in Olympus E410

I have just started using manual focus and prime lenses with my Olympus E410 (four-thirds). Intermittently, the aperture value is invisible, both through the viewfinder and in the LCD display. ...
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Is there a quiet, affordable Nikon F mount camera (for timelapse)?

I'm planning to set up a long-running timelapse system to capture the view from my new office building. The problem is, other people work near me, and I don't want to disturb them with camera sounds ...
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What is the reason to change the mount type in Nikon 1 series?

To use Nikon F-mount lenses, Nikon 1 series require an adapter. Moreover, the flash unit mount is a custom one too and it seems that there is no adapter at all, but maybe I'm wrong. What is the ...
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Why no aperture control with Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AI-s on Nikon D3200

It was pretty exciting to borrow my dad's old Nikon 55mm f/2.8 AI-s and try it on my Nikon D3200. I have to use it in full manual mode, but it gets great results! Amazing how a lens designed in 1979 ...
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Does Canon make an L series lens with a plastic lens mount?

An online retailer is telling me that Canon 24-105 f4L lens comes in two versions, the USA model with a steel lens mount and an import with a plastic lens mount. Is this true?
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Will a Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR lens work on my Sony A900?

I have a Sony A900 that I want to use with Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR. Does this lens come with a Sony mount? I do not want to have to use an adapter.
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Can M42 lenses be mounted on Canon EF-S (with adapter)?

I have a Canon XTi (EF-S lens mount). Can I get an adapter to mount a Pentax M42 lens? If so, do I lose any functionality?
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How loose can the lens mount be?

I've noticed that there is a little give in my camera system at the EF mount. It is really hard to see, but I can feel it sometimes and first noticed it when I had the lens attached to a monopod and ...
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Is there an adapter for a Sigma SA mount lens to fit a Canon EF mount?

I have a Sigma 24mm ultra-wide lens; does anyone know of an adaptor that will make this lens fit my Canon 1V camera?
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Can I use a Nikon S Mount adapter for a Contax RF Mount lens?

I have a 135mm Zeiss Jena lens with a Contax RF mount which I would like to use on my Fuji X-E1 camera. There are adapters for Contax, combo adapters and adapters for Nikon S. The Contax adapters are ...
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Which lens-mount adapter do I need to buy to use a Sigma lens on a Nikon body?

I am a beginner and have been given a Sigma zoom 28-80mm f/3.5-5.0 macro lens. I would like to try this before paying out for a more expensive macro lens but it will not fit my Nikon D5000. Could any ...
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Will lenses from a Rebel work on higher-model Canon cameras?

I am thinking about purchasing a Canon 60D and selling my Rebel XT and wondered if I would need to purchase new lenses? I only have two but as you all know, once you invest it is hard to not take ...
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Why isn't it safe to use EF-S lenses on fullframe?

I've heard that EF-S lenses are not compatible with full frame bodies and that using such lenses could damage the mirror. Are the EF-S lenses not compatible with full frame bodies in terms of "not ...
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Are there any decent telescopes for around $250 that I can mount my Canon 60D to?

I am looking to buy a telescope for about $250, are there any at that price range that can be mounted on a Canon body?
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Is this Canon 70-200 F/2.8 IS II strap/sling attachment safe?

I received my 70-200 F/2.8 IS II today (YAY) and I knew it had a tripod ring, but I thought it also had camera strap attachment points on the tripod ring like some other heavy lenses do, but this one ...
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Can I intercept and interpret the autofocus signals sent to the lens?

I would like to use a Nikon D80 body with a reflecting telescope as the lens to take pictures of bright/textured objects in the night sky (e.g. the moon). The D80 has autofocus capabilities; the ...
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Lens not attached message on nikon d5000 with nikon 24-70mm

I recently bought a Nikon 24-70mm for my D5000, but I soon had the "lens not attached" message on my screen. The message disappears when I slightly rotate the lens a bit more. I've searched online ...
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What lens and mount is this Sigma lens for Canon?

I have recently been given old(ish) Sigma 55-200mm lens for Canon (not EF mount), I believe that it is f/4-5.6. It is zoomed by pulling the barrel out. What mount is it? And what specifications does ...
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Why do camera manufacturers use different lens mounts?

If all manufacturers used the same mounts for their cameras then they could share lenses and focus more on improving optics, sensor technology and accessories instead of having completely separate ...
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Are fully automatic DSLR lens changers available? What are suitable alternatives?

Do portable fully automated DSLR lens-changers exist? If so, how well do they work and how do they compare with alternative solutions. I've seen many "lens bags" offered to ease the lens ...
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How to mount a 58mm lens on Nikon D80?

I have a Nikon D80 50mm camera with a 52mm Haze filter. I would like to attach some 58mm lenses that I have but not sure which adapters I need. The 58mm lenses have male threads that would attach to ...
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Can I use my existing Canon lenses on an EF-M camera body?

Canon recently introduced the Canon EOS M, mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. It uses a new EF-M mount and is available as a kit with an EF-M lens in some regions. I have existing EF and EF-S ...
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Are there new digital cameras that my old zoom lenses from my analog Yashica camera will fit?

I have an old analog camera (Yashica) with a bayonet lock and several zoom lenses for it. All of that was very high quality at the time and I would like to re-use it for a digital camera. Are any such ...
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Will lenses with filter attachment size 58mm fit my camera when the kit lens has filter size 72 mm?

I need help - I want to buy 50mm f/1.8 for my Nikon d300. The description of the lens says Filter Attachment Size 58mm. My kit lens is filter size 72 mm. Is 58mm is the right size lens for my ...
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Olympus T2 Adapter ring stuck on my Sony Alpha — how can I get it unstuck?

Edited. I bought a Samyang 500mm Mirror lens off ebay so that i could try and expirement with tele photos before i decided to buy really expensive lenses.. I got the lens with a T2 Adapter (Olympus) ...
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What adapter do I need to mount a Konica lens on an Olympus E-520?

I bought a Konica Super Albinar MC auto zoom 1:4.5 F=80-200 mm no. 911485 55 lens for my E-520 Olympus camera. The adapter I already have does not fit and I desperately need to know what kind of ...
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Does using a lens adapter change focal length?

Does using a lens adapter change the field of view? I recently bought a Sony NEX-5, an extra Minolta MD 50mm 1.7/f lens and a MD to E-mount adapter and I was wondering, as the adapter increases the ...
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Can I use the lens from Canon AE-1 on a Canon EOS 60D, with an adaptor maybe?

I have a Canon AE-1 (film) and I bought a digital slr camera Canon EOS 60D. I have lenses from the AE-1 camera, but I don't know if there are some adaptors to use so they fit in the 60D camera... any ...
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Are Canon EOS and Nikon DSLR lenses interchangeable?

Can we use the lenses from, say a Canon EOS 550D kit (Canon EF-S 18-55mm) with a Nikon DSLR D5000 for example) ? Also, is the reverse possible ? I'm looking at interchangeability between recent DSLR ...
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What are the electrical contacts in a Nikon F-mount?

Current Nikon camera bodies and lenses have electrical contacts. What exactly are they used for and what sorts of electrical signalling is used? Why are there so many? Some background to my ...
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How do I remove a broken lens mount ring from a lens?

Today my Nikon d90 was drop with attached Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The lens detached from the body and ripped of the metal ring with screws from the body. How can I fix it? I don't know how to remove the ...
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What lens design limits derive from the width of the lens mount?

I'm familiar with the lens design limitations imposed by the flange-to-focal-plane distance. But what constraints are caused by the width of the lens mount (that is, the size of the hole in the ...
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Can I use an old Olympus-mount lens on a Canon DSLR?

What is the mount adapter I need to mount a Vivitar 28mm 1:2 No.22 (made by Kino, aka Kiron) lens on my Canon 600D? Is it the T/T2 lens mount? I used to mount this lens on my dad's Olympus OM-10. ...
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Which mount adaptor do I need to mount an old Tokina FL/FD lens on a Canon 30D?

I have an old Tokina Fully Automatic Lens 400mm F-6.3 lens. Says on a small label: "To fit C/FD Canon FL and FD lens series" I have a Canon 30D. Which is the right mount adaptor to use? Best if ...
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How do I identify unknown thread mounts?

A local thrift store is selling a macro bellows with thread (screw) mounts. The mount is not identified. I have a cheap digital caliper. What are the likely mounts that it could be, and how can I ...
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What are the advantages to using EF-S lenses on Canon APS-C cameras?

I know EF-S lenses are "optimized" for crop sensors but what are the exact advantages to using an EF-S lens? Does it give better color, sharpness, depth of field, etc...? In addition, do EF-S lenses ...
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Is there an adapter for Canon AE-1 lenses on Canon 550D? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it worth it to buy an FD-EOS adapter, or is it better to exchange a misbought lens? Is there a way to use my old Canon AE-1 lenses on my new EOS-550D?
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Is it possible to mount Pentax lenses on Sony NEX with an adapter?

I wonder whether it would be possible to mount Pentax lenses on a Sony NEX, using an adapter. Are such adapters already available? Would it be possible to have automatic focus?
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How do I find out which Nikon film cameras will work with my newer G F-mount lens?

I want to pick up a film camera but I have a nice G lens (Tamron 17-50 f/2.8 with VC) and I'd really like to be able to use it. I'm having a hard time understanding which cameras will be able to work ...
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Are Konica and Minolta lenses interchangeable?

I have an old Konica FS-1 35mm SLR camera with quite a nice F1.8 lens on, but I'd like to use a different body (without a battery pounding auto wind on mechanism!). There seem to be plenty of Minolta ...
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Fast telephoto primes for APS-C mounts — would they make any sense?

I can see the benefit of designing and manufacturing a wide-angle lens specifically for APS-C sized sensors instead of full-frame sensors: you will get smaller, lighter, and cheaper lenses. But is it ...