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02-08-2008 01:25 AM  10 years agoPost 1
SteveH

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I have an old 35mm Yashica SLR and a couple of Vivitar zoom lens for it. They are marked Y/C on the bayonet adapter. I want a digital SLR. Is there a digital SLR body these lens will work on?

Thanks for any info you can provide.

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02-08-2008 03:21 AM  10 years agoPost 2
Spitfire_mk5

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Never used them so this is no endorcement but a quick google search shows a fair few results for Yashica C/Y -> canon EF converters.

You loose autofocus and have to stop down meter but they look like they may work together. So that is ANY canon Dslr (or EF mount filmer for that matter).

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02-08-2008 04:16 AM  10 years agoPost 3
KC

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contax N....too cool for AP, very geek camera

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02-08-2008 05:21 AM  10 years agoPost 4
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Quality will probably not be great either - better off buying whatever camera best meets your needs, and new lenses for it. A 35mm will only set you back a few hundred dollars. Zoom lenses are more expensive, I'll admit. But design and quality have improved significantly over the last few decades and you will get better quality if you use new lenses.

dSLR sensors reflect light back through the lens, a bit like the retroreflective tape you get on roadsigns and running shoes. This means that ghosting is more of an issue, and lenses designed for digital cameras typically have additional anti-reflective coatings on them.

Canon adapters also often have lenses in them, which in some cases are of dubious optical quality.

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02-08-2008 02:06 PM  10 years agoPost 5
TCGliderguy

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Steve,

If you can locate the Yashica to Canon adapters...... go ahead and buy whatever flavor of Canon digital body that you can afford. The worst case scenario is that you'll be unhappy with the images you're getting... and will then want to buy a Canon lens.

I suspect that your Yashica lenses will work fine....but of course, you won't have the fancy automatic control that a Canon lens will give you....

Hope this helps!

-Taylor

P.S. - When are you coming back up to Albuquerque... so you can dial in my Predator for me? :-)

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02-08-2008 02:09 PM  10 years agoPost 6
Spitfire_mk5

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Only Fd-EF converters use glass that I know of -- the rest are more like very thin extension tubes to correct the mount to focal plane distance between manufacturers; because canon EF has a very short distance they can use many 3rd party lenses.

Agreed though that quality may not be as good as remebered on your film camera, that seems to be a common complaint with people using adaptors online with less then insanely priced lenses (old CZ's seem to be quite highly thought of on an adaptor) either because of the sensor reflection or just that you look at digital images much larger then the ussual 4x6 print (100% pixels in photoshop etc.).

However, a $20 adaptor vs. a whole new lens lineup right off the bar -- I can see the appeal even if its just OK quality its a place to start without dropping alot of $$$!

You may want to check out the FredMiranda's alternative digital forum, someone may even have tried the lenses you are considering or at least some of the Yashica adaptors and can tell you which are the good ones:
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/board/55

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