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Old October 25th, 2008, 06:37 PM   #1
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Canon 5D2 manual lens question

i read somewhere... here I believe that the video mode works with Nikon manual lenses with the adapter ring. Can I get confirmation on this? Also (obviously not a Canon SLR guy -yet) does older Canon glass work with newer bodies? Always a nice thing with the new Nikons is that they work with all the old lenses (metering, etc aside). In other words you don't error-out the camera.

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Old October 25th, 2008, 09:02 PM   #2
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Older Canon glass (FD) doesn't work on new bodies (EF) because of the flange focal length is shorter. If you give up infinity focus, it can be air space mounted, like with an extension tube. A rare converter exists with glass to allow infinity focus, but it reduces quality (like a TC).

There are a number of adapters for using Nikon glass on Canon cameras with stop-down metering and manual focus. I can't confirm they also work in video mode, but I don't see why not.
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 01:15 PM   #3
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Any first hand accounts of manual lens use with the 5d2? I have a Nikon to Canon adapter and want to now if my old manual Nikon's will work...
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Old November 22nd, 2008, 02:18 PM   #4
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Any first hand accounts of manual lens use with the 5d2?
We need first hand accounts of the 5D2 before we can get
any first hand accounts of manual lens use with the 5D2.

Still a few days to go before the 5D2 is released into the hands of U.S. buyers.
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 12:37 AM   #5
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Chris,

Should have mine today. Will let you all know later.

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Old November 23rd, 2008, 01:25 AM   #6
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Congrats, Dan! I'm looking forward to your report!
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Old November 23rd, 2008, 10:06 AM   #7
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I've been out shooting all evening on my 5DmkII, I'll report in full later. Overall very good but there are some issues. Manual lenses function as predicted.

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Old November 23rd, 2008, 10:41 AM   #8
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Very curious,
Dan, you will be shooting in video mode with both Canon & Nikon glass, correct?

Can't wait
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John,

I've been shooting Nikon and Zeiss glass tonight mainly to test if it works as predicted. Also it is far and we know that the Canon lenses can be made to work at or near full aperture in these conditions thanks to Vincent Laforet, what we don't know is how well they work in daylight. I'll test EF lenses in the day tomorrow.

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Old November 23rd, 2008, 11:14 PM   #10
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I've heard that some of the Nikon lenses will stick too far back and would hit the Canon Full Frame's mirror. I heard that one of those lenses was the Nikon 50mm f/1.4. But I wasn't sure if they were referring to the old style or one of Nikon's newer lenses. It would be unfortunate as that would be a great lens to have. Anyone know which lenses won't work?
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what about Mamiya, Contax and Hassy?? ;)
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Old December 1st, 2008, 07:09 PM   #12
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Medium format lenses should work fine, they sell adapters for these on Ebay too, but remember that they are normally not very fast aperture. For that shallow depth of field look you will need faster lenses.

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Many Olympus work too. Post what your looking for to get specific help.
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Old December 2nd, 2008, 11:57 PM   #14
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So as I understand it, right now the way to have the most manual control over 5dMkII video is to shoot with non-Canon lenses (Nikon etc), and trick the shutter to 1/60? Do we have footage of locked 1/60th video? Most of the clips to date are variable...
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So as I understand it, right now the way to have the most manual control over 5dMkII video is to shoot with non-Canon lenses (Nikon etc), and trick the shutter to 1/60? Do we have footage of locked 1/60th video? Most of the clips to date are variable...
So what do you think about this? Set your aperture on your manual lens closed down one stop more than what you want your final exposure to be and let the camera adjust exposure. Next, shine a flash light into the camera forcing it to go to 1/60 shutter while keeping your aperture constant. Once you trick the camera to go 1/60, lock the exposure. Now open your aperture one stop and you should have your exposure.

Right?

Of course this won't work if the camera changes ISO when you try to "trick" it.
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