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    Lens question....

    I have a beautiful Sigma telephoto lens that I use with my Canon Rebel print-film camera. Will I be able to use this lens with my Canon Rebel digital camera? The lens fits on the camera; but I don't know if it should be able to take pictures or not. Thanks! :-D

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    Re: Lens question....

    Cameras have shorter warranties than lenses, some lenses are good for five years. It would be best to check the Canon website for your model of camera and view compatible lenses. If you mount the lens to the wrong camera body and the lens was still under warranty you would void that warranty and end up paying for the repairs.

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    Re: Lens question....

    Quote Originally Posted by Scooter985 View Post
    I have a beautiful Sigma telephoto lens that I use with my Canon Rebel print-film camera. Will I be able to use this lens with my Canon Rebel digital camera? The lens fits on the camera; but I don't know if it should be able to take pictures or not. Thanks! :-D
    Yes, it should work, but whether or not you'll have autofocus function is another issue. Some of the old Sigma lenses for EOS mount needed to be rechipped for the autofocus to work on digital. I would say just try it and see. Any Canon EF lenses you have should work just fine.

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    Playing the Sigma Obsolete Lens Lottery

    I cannot speak for the most recent Sigma lens products but, buying an older Sigma lens was like entering a lottery...

    You were betting that you would not want to upgrade your camera before Sigma upgraded the lens...

    Sigma would reverse-engineer its lenses with Canon mounts (I also cannot speak for Sigma lenses with other than Canon mounts). Sigma would purchase a new model Canon DSLR camera and reverse-engineer (re-chip) its lenses to work with the new technology...

    Sigma would re-chip your lenses, fee of charge, to work with your new Canon camera model IF THEY HAD NOT UPGRADED THE LENS. If they had brought out an upgraded model of that lens, you were out of luck...

    I have a very nice 28mm f/1.8 Sigma lens which I cannot use on any of my Canon cameras except the D60 (not the new 60D). Sigma cannot/will not re-chip the lens to work with newer Canon cameras because they brought out a new model of this lens. Luckily, I have kept the D60 as a full-time infra-red camera and the 28mm f/1.8 makes a nice "normal angle" prime for this camera. Otherwise, it would be worthless for me...

    On the other hand, Canon EF lenses of any era will work on any EOS camera and Canon EF-S lenses of any era will work on any EOS Canon camera which will accept EF-S lenses. You don't have to worry about how old the lenses are! I have recently purchased a Canon 135mm f/2.8 Soft-Focus lens. This was one of the very first Canon auto-focus EOS lenses and was introduced in 1987. The 24 year old lens works just fine even on my newest Canon 7D. Twenty-four year old technology is ancient in digital photography...

    BTW: I have also used "vintage" Tokina and Tamron lenses with EOS mounts on newer Canon DSLR cameras with no problems.

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