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Kevin Gribbins

What lens are Compatible with a Canon D10 Digital

I am pricing different types of lens for my Canon D10. Will only canon lens (EF) work? Or will other lens like Vivitar, Sigma, Quantaray work with this camera? Most of these lens are AF lens; do they work with EF digital bodies?

Thanks for your help


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6/29/2004 3:09:09 PM

Jon Close
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2000
  Besides Canon's EF lenses, Sigma (make Quantaray for Ritz), Tamron, Tokina, Vivitar, Promaster, Phoenix make lenses that will work with Canon EOS bodies, including the EOS digital SLRs. They do not license the mount and electronic communication from Canon, they backward engineer it. So they cannot use the term "EF." They call their compatible lenses "for Canon AF." Their backward engineering isn't always perfect. There have been instances where some third party manufacturer's lenses worked fine with the current line of EOS bodies, but were incompatible with a new model. this has been a particular problem with Sigma/Quantaray. See The manufacuter generally will replace the electronics in the lens to restore compatibility with the new body.

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6/29/2004 9:03:28 PM

Michael Kaplan   As Jon has mentioned above, any manufacturers lens that is made for the Canon EOS system will work.
I would like to recommend a couple for you though.

1st, the Canon 50mm F1.8 (equivalent to 80mm on the 10D) is a tremendous quality lens and only costs about 60-70.00 USD. It has been a lifesaver for me on some shoots I do which require high ISO and fast shutter speeds.

2nd the Canon 28-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM.
It is probably the most popular lens in the Canon line-up. It has a good range (44.8-216mm on the 10D), it is a very good quality lens (not L glass but excellent for regular consumer glass) and has IS (Image Stabilization) which can help you to hand hold the camera 2-3 stops lower than normal and all for ~$400 USD.

3rd if you have money to spend, the Canon 70-200L lenses are available in 3 formats; F4.0L ~$600, F2.8L ~$1000 or the F2.8L IS ~$1550 USD. The last is the one I have and love the lens. It is one of the better zoom lenses out there today and the quality is superb. I personally prefer the IS and the more open F2.8 but the F4.0 is a bit lighter and actually has a slight edge in glass quality and at around $600 is a great value.

I suggest you take a look at the Canon SLR Lens Talk forum at DPReview. You can do a search and find many opinions and samples from an assortment of lenses available and why or why not to use that particular lens.
Michael Kaplan
Canon EOS-10D

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7/1/2004 10:11:23 AM

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