Can I use a lens that normally should be used on a DSLR, but mount it on a SLT? If not, what is the difference between a DSLR lens and a SLT lens?

My camera is a Sony α68.

  • @PhilipKendall Disagreed on the dupe, assuming this question is primarily about compatibility of Sony α lenses on SLT bodies vs DSLR. However, if it's about any DSLR lens on the α68 body, then I would agree with you. – scottbb Aug 7 '16 at 20:28
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    I think we need the OP to clarify that one :-) – Philip Kendall Aug 7 '16 at 21:39
  • Let us then ask: @Gabriel, do you mean a Sony A-mount dSLR lens on a dSLT? or a non-Sony dSLR lens to a Sony dSLT? – inkista Aug 7 '16 at 22:35
  • What @scottbb said - in almost all cases A-mount is A-mount BUT NOTE that in a very few cases there can be mechanical issues due to specialist lens design. This is more liable to occur with using newer lenses on older cameras with the same mount. In a VERY FEW cases a moving mirror may strike the rear lens element. I've heard of this happening with a few selected teleconverters which were targeted at specific lenses. Both lens and teleconverter are liable to be proced 10x+ above what you or I would ever consider buying. – Russell McMahon Aug 8 '16 at 6:51

Yes. Sony A-mount lenses (and Minolta A-mount lenses) can be mounted on your camera.

From the standpoint of the lens operation (focusing motor, aperture, mount, etc.), there is no difference between a SLR with a mirror and a SLT with a pellicle mirror. Lenses for your Sony Alpha 68 use the A-mount system, just like any other Sony interchangeable lens camera with a mirror.

It is possible in some cases to mount lenses from other manufacturers on the Sony A-mount bodies. This usually results in reduced functionality (usually loss of autofocus, and perhaps aperture control). Lenses for most camera systems with a larger flange focus distance or registration distance than the A-mount (44.5mm) can be physically mounted on the Sony body by use of an appropriate adapter.

See also: Can I use lens brand X on interchangeable lens camera brand Y?

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  • Okay. So if i find a lens i want to buy and it says A-mount i can use it even if the website says its "specially made for Sony's dSLR cameras"? Ect. Sony SAL-55200 SAM – Gabriel Aug 8 '16 at 19:05
  • @Gabriel yes. Realize that SLTs are a subset of DSLRs; that is, SLTs are DSLRs (but non-pellicle mirror DSLRs are not SLTs). So, the Sony AF DT 55-200mm F4-5.6 (Sony product code SAL-55200 SAM) is compatible with your alpha 68. – scottbb Aug 8 '16 at 19:25

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