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I recently purchased a Canon Rebel T5 (not T5i) and I need to buy a Nikon lens and lens adapter for it. I thought that would be easy but I've been frustrated for days trying to figure out what to buy. All I want is a basic standard lens. (I was advised to get a macro lens because they're a better quality)

I've never purchased a lens or an adapter before and when I started looking for options I was stunned by how many there are of both. There aren't so many adapters but, I can't seem to figure out what one works best with each lens or if it even makes a difference. One of the adapters has a long list of cameras it works with and the Rebel T5i is on the list but not the T5. From everything I read, it looks to me like those two models are pretty much the same except that the T5i has more digital whiz-bang electronics and a touch screen and so I figure it should accept the same lenses but, I have no idea.  I do know I need a 'D-series' manual aperture lens.

I think I know what I need to buy but, I'm nervous that I'm going to waste time buying the wrong thing. So does anybody have any clues, tips or pointers that can help me?

This is embarrassing because I've been in this business for so many years I should know this stuff but, I've always gotten by with cheap equipment or was shooting with someone else's camera. Now I finally have the cash to get my own stuff and I'm like "Duh... what do you mean 'other lens'"?

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That power supply should be just fine. Says it works with your camera, that's the only thing I know to check with power supplies. Aside from checking for no-name generic brands rather than the expensive ones made by the camera companies. But yes, as Nick suggested, do be sure to get an EOS rear lens cap for each adapter to keep dust off the lenses. 

Sounds like you've got Christmas in August coming up in the next few weeks, as all these presents start rolling in! Fun times! 

That should work.  I use a non genuine Canon AC adapter on my 7d, and it works, but I notice two things.  When I turn the camera on, I get a message to say the camera cannot communicate with this battery, do I want to use it anyway?  I click ok, then it works fine.  Clearly Canon put something in theirs so the camera will recognise it, to discourage people buying cheaper 3rd party adapters. I often have the radio on when I animate, and it seems to cause some interference, I get a bit of static noise.  With the genuine Canon adaptor for my older 40d, I don't get the warning message or the static.  With the 7d, the Ack-e6 Canon adapter cost $160, so I went with the $14 cheapie.  It was from China with free shipping, and looks like this one with the rounded ends, only for the 7d:  http://www.ebay.ca/itm/ACK-E8-AC-Adapter-For-CANON-EOS-550D-600D-65...

I don't know if the rectangular ones are any better or not.  Some of the price difference is simply that it is being sold from a US retailer.  I see a genuine Canon one for US $64.95,  so it's not as expensive as the model I needed.

Thank you very much guys!! All your comments were super useful!
I already bought the power supply, the adapters and the EOS rear lens caps! I just need to wait for them, go to my parents place 8000km from here (I already planned this trip months ago) and see if everything works perfectly!! hehe. Fingers crossed!!! ;)

Thanks again!!!

I thought it might help to summarise the key points regarding choice of non-canon lenses and adapters...

Most other types of lens mount require an adapter with an extra lens to make then focus correctly. A few, Nikon included, but also Pentax K and pre-digital Olympus do not.

What you need is a non-Canon lens that has a manual aperture control ring. These tend to be on older lenses.

Ironically it is the cheap type adapter you want as these will not carry the aperture control from the camera through to the lens. This means the camera cannot open the iris between frames which is what causes aperture flicker.

Nikon are the usual choice of lenses, presumably because they are thought to be of the best quality, though Pentax K and the pre-digital Olympus OM lenses work just as well, using a simple lens-free adapter. Obviously third party lenses for these mounts will fit as well.

The Pentax K mount hasn't changed for ages and is also used by many other camera manufacturers. This means there are loads of compatible lenses available and they very often have the all-important manual aperture ring, even in some of the not-so-old models.

Kit

Well said- it's always good to know the overarching principles. Henceforth we shall call you Kit-Lens   (ok, no we won't!) 

It's reassuring to know there are still people in the world who's standard of humour matches my own

I do quite a bit of electronics as well, so have also been known as 'sir-Kit'.

Strider said:

Well said- it's always good to know the overarching principles. Henceforth we shall call you Kit-Lens   (ok, no we won't!) 

Great info I hope to purchase a canon soon so maybe the will be the one! How is it working for you

Fortunately/unfortunately I've had a lot of work this year making puppets & props and haven't shot anything aside from a few test shots. It worked perfectly for those tests so I'm happy about that but, I need to find reasons to use it some more.


I'll give you a reason ! I want more stopmotion!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Great info Kit



Kit said:

I thought it might help to summarise the key points regarding choice of non-canon lenses and adapters...

Most other types of lens mount require an adapter with an extra lens to make then focus correctly. A few, Nikon included, but also Pentax K and pre-digital Olympus do not.

What you need is a non-Canon lens that has a manual aperture control ring. These tend to be on older lenses.

Ironically it is the cheap type adapter you want as these will not carry the aperture control from the camera through to the lens. This means the camera cannot open the iris between frames which is what causes aperture flicker.

Nikon are the usual choice of lenses, presumably because they are thought to be of the best quality, though Pentax K and the pre-digital Olympus OM lenses work just as well, using a simple lens-free adapter. Obviously third party lenses for these mounts will fit as well.

The Pentax K mount hasn't changed for ages and is also used by many other camera manufacturers. This means there are loads of compatible lenses available and they very often have the all-important manual aperture ring, even in some of the not-so-old models.

Kit

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