DSLR lens compatibility

okwriterNovember 28, 2010

The Olympus C-765 I'd used for 4-5 years was recently lost or stolen, and I'm looking to replace it.

Because I needed a camera right then, I purchased a cheap point-and-shoot camera. But now I want to add something higher quality with the ability to give me a decent zoom. (I am not really *into* photography and seldom tinker with settings, but I do need a good zoom.)

I know nothing about DSLR cameras other than they can be expensive. *grin* I have a 20-year-old, rarely used Konica with an 80-200MM zoom lens sitting in my closet. Will this lens work with DSLR cameras? Some or all?


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It depends. Your best bet for a straight-up match will probably be with a Sony DSLR body. I think Konica lenses are fully functional with Sony dSLRs. Not positive though.

Getting the lens to mount on another camera, a Nikon or Canon for example, can be one thing. There are adaptors for most lens-to-body combinations. But that will simply get the lens attached to the camera. You might not be able to use any of the automatic functions; autofocus, metering, aperture setting, etc. You might have to do all that manually.

Some are simply non-compatible due to lens/mirror interference issues.

Best bet would be to call a shop like B and H and ask for help. Tell them what lens you have (make and model #) and they should be able to tell you what camera body options you have.

But again, I think a Sony body will be your best bet with Konica.

    Bookmark   November 28, 2010 at 11:22PM
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Thank you! We have a local camera shop that I will check with. They've been around for years and should be able to help.

Then I can decide if I want to spend the $$ for something that will fit my existing lens or just buy a nice mid-range camera that isn't DSLR.

    Bookmark   November 29, 2010 at 1:17PM
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I realize that my comments may be falling a bit late to be of any value to okwriter, but I am sure this thread is of interest to others, and to be honest, this question has been rolling around in my head for a week, so I feel I need to interject my 2 cents worth here.

While it might be possible to find a DSLR body that would accept that Konica 80-200mm in my humble opinion based upon the information in the original post it would be a fools errand to do so.

Okwriter emphasized two key points, (1) he/she needs a "good zoom" and (2) he/she is not into photography and seldom tinkers with the settings.

Lets begin with the topic "Good zoom". on a 35mm film camera a 200mm zoom is a 4X zoom, Handy, easy to handle and perhaps good in the context of shooting family snapshots in the back yard, but by no means a Good Zoom in the context of bird watching or wildlife photography, and for sports it is merely marginal.

Understanding that Digital sensors are slightly smaller than the film format of a 35mm negative when we use 35mm film camera lenses on digital cameras there is an expansion factor which is typically about 1.5. That means that if the 200mm film camera lens is used on a digital camera it would yield an equivalent to a 300mm on a film camera. 300mm is generally considered the longest lens that we can effectively use in hand held mode, it would then be a good all around choice, as opposed to using a tripod for all the shots, however:

Okwriter also noted that the Konica & 80-200mm is 20 years old and has spent most of that time just sitting in the closet, no doubt because, as Mongoct has pointed out, it is no doubt a manual focus lens and to use that camera you simply must tinker with the controls so to speak. Let us be brutally honest here, not everyone is into photography, and regardless of how great the camera is, if it is beyond the scope of the operator sadly it will be relegated to little more than an expensive ornament adorning a closet shelf.

This does not even take into account the many advanced features of the modern state of the art digital cameras, which simply would not be usable with that lens on a modern DSLR body.

I was professionally trained as a Still Photographic Specialist in the U.S.A.F. back in 1966 and in those days manual cameras with match needle metering was the best we had so I am very comfortable with fully manual cameras, but I am afraid even I might find it difficult to use that lens on a modern body. I certainly would not wish that on a beginner.

On the other hand, out of curiosity I went to the WalMart website and did a quick review of some of the cameras they have to offer and I was really impressed.

First off, I would like to express a minor pet peeve. In recent years the industry seems to have adopted the notion that the term DSLR identifies cameras with interchangeable lenses, which is not true.

The term "SLR" means "single lens reflex" which means that when you look through the viewfinder by means of an internal mirror you are looking through the primary lens and you are seeing exactly what the camera is seeing, as opposed to box cameras or rangefinder cameras that had a separate optical system for the view finder.

The term DSLR simply means a "Digital SLR", or more precisely, a digital camera in which the image in the viewfinder is exactly the same as the image that will be projected to the digital sensor.

Back in the days of film cameras it was exceedingly rare to see an SLR with a fixed lens, but today it is common to see advanced compact cameras that have a fixed lens, yet they have the same mirror system as an SLR and the image in the viewfinder is the same as the image being projected to the sensor and although they do have a fixed lens, none the less they are in every sense of the word a true entry level DSLR although some of their features are not as sophisticated as the top end DSLR's with interchangeable lenses and accessories.

Although I would not want to go on record as endorsing any camera dealer, out of curiosity I did a quick search of cameras on the Walmart website, and I must say, I was very impressed with what I found.

For my search I set the same basic parameters as what okwriter was looking for.
1. easy to operate
2. good zoom
3. easy on the budget

and this is just a sample of what I found:

Canon Powershot 12.1mp 12X optical zoom $199.00
Nikon Coolpix L110 12mp 15x Optical zoom $249.00
Fugifilm Fine Pix 12mp 15x zoom $169.00
Kodak Easyshare 14mp 26x optical zoom $199.00

All of these cameras can be operated in a simple point & shoot mode, yet they all have the advanced user overide features found on more expensive DSLRS.

While these cameras still do not have the total versatility that I have with my Pentax DSLRS, never the less, I think people such as okwriter who need a good camera, but don't want to get seriously involved in the technical aspects of photography would be well served with a camera of this type.

    Bookmark   December 6, 2010 at 12:20AM
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Hey Rita!
I have a couple of these:
Canon Powershot 12.1mp 12X optical zoom (IS - means image stabilization which is good)
and they do a reasonable job. Bought one for dh and got one for work so if someone needs a simple stupid camera that is it! Make sure you go with the optical zoom, get an extra card or larger card and maybe an external drive to store the photos - or at least back them up with CD/DVDs. Digital filing can get out of hand quickly. Good luck hope you get what you need!

    Bookmark   December 21, 2010 at 4:03PM
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