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Advice on lens mounts

You can not attach a lens to any camera. A camera has a specific lens mount, also known as a bayonet. This setting determines which lens you can use. In addition to the type of lens mount, the type of image sensor also determines the correct lens.

Canon SLR cameras

Canon EF-S mount APS-C

Canon cameras with an APS-C sensor (EF-S mount):

For Canon cameras with an APS-C sensor use Canon lenses with the EF-S indication. These lenses are optimized for use with an APS-C sensor. You can also use lenses with the EF mount on APS-C cameras. You have to multiply the focal length by 1.6. An EF lens becomes a focal point of 50 mm on a camera with APS-C sensor 80 mm.

Canon EF mount full frame

Canon cameras with a full frame sensor (EF mount):

For Canon cameras with a full frame sensor, use Canon lenses with the EF designation. These lenses are optimized for use with the large full frame sensor.

Nikon SLR cameras

Nikon APS-C mount

Nikon cameras with an APS-C image sensor (DX mount):

For these Nikon cameras, all lenses with a Nikon lens mount are suitable. To make optimum use of the image sensor, use lenses with the DX indication. You can use all other Nikon lenses without any problems. Because the image sensor is not tuned to this, you have to multiply the focal length by 1.5. An FX lens with a focal length of 50 mm is 75 mm on a camera with APS-C sensor.

Nikon full frame lens mount

Nikon cameras with a full frame sensor (FX mount):

For Nikon cameras with a full frame sensor, all lenses with a Nikon lens mount are suitable. To make the best use of the image sensor, use lenses with the FX indicator. When you use lenses with a DX indication, the camera makes a cut-out of the image sensor. You are no longer photographing in the full frame format.

Canon & Nikon mirrorless cameras

Canon EF-M mount

Canon mirrorless cameras (EF-M mount):

Canon developed a separate line of lenses for its mirrorless cameras. These use the EF-M lens mount. Via an adapter it is also possible to use EF-S and EF lenses.

Nikon Z mount

Nikon mirrorless cameras (Z-mount):

Nikon has developed lenses with a special Z-lens mount for its Z-series mirrorless cameras. Via an adapter it is possible to use lenses with a DX or FX mount.

Sony cameras

Sony A-mount

Sony SLR cameras (A-mount):

The SLR cameras from Sony have an A-mount. Here you use lenses with an A-lens mount. For SLR cameras with an APS-C sensor you need lenses with the DT designation. Do you have a full frame camera? Then use lenses without the DT indicator.

Sony E-mount

Sony mirrorless cameras (E-mount):

The mirrorless cameras from Sony use the E-mount. Do you have a mirrorless camera with a full frame sensor? Then use the lenses with an FE indication. For cameras with an APS-C sensor use the other lenses. With the right adapter, the A-mount lenses can also be used on a mirrorless camera.

Olympus and Panasonic mirrorless cameras

Olympus Micro Four Thirds setting

Olympus mirrorless cameras (Micro Four Thirds mount):

Olympus and Panasonic share the same Micro Four Thirds lens mount. You can therefore easily exchange the lenses of these brands.

Panasonic Micro Four Thirds mount

Panasonic mirrorless cameras (Micro Four Thirds mount):

The mirrorless cameras by Panasonic and Olympus have the same Micro Four Thirds lens mount. You therefore exchange the lenses of these brands without problems.

Fujifilm and Pentax cameras

Fujifilm X-mount

Fujifilm mirrorless cameras (XF or XC mount):

Fujifilm mirrorless cameras use the Fujifilm X-mount.

Pentax K mount

Pentax SLR cameras (K-mount):

You use lenses with a K-lens mount on a Pentax camera.

Sigma and Tamron lenses

Sigma lenses

Sigma lenses:

Sigma lenses can be used for different types and brands of cameras. Take a good look at which lens mount the Tamron lens has (eg Canon EF-S or Nikon-DX) and therefore for which brand & type it is suitable. Consider the type of image sensor that it is suitable for.

Sigma DC - These lenses are suitable for use with an APS-C sensor. Sigma DG - Use these lenses on a full frame sensor.

Tamron lenses

Tamron lenses:

Tamron lenses can be used for different types and brands of cameras. Take a good look at which lens mount the Sigma lens has (eg Canon EF-S or Nikon-DX) and therefore for which brand & type it is suitable. Consider the type of image sensor that it is suitable for.

Tamron Di II - These lenses are only usable on cameras with an APS-C sensor. Tamron Di - These lenses are suitable for use on a full frame camera.

Tokina and Samyang lenses

Tokina lenses

Tokina lenses:

Tokina lenses can be used for Canon or Nikon SLR cameras. Take a good look at which lens mount the Tokina lens has (eg Canon EF-S or Nikon-DX) and therefore for which brand & type it is suitable. Consider the type of image sensor it is suitable for.

Tokina FX - These lenses are suitable for full frame cameras Tokina DX - These lenses are suitable for APS-C cameras

Samyang lenses

Samyang lenses:

Samyang lenses can be used for different types and brands of cameras. Take a good look at which lens mount the Samyang lens has (eg Canon EF-S or Nikon-DX) and therefore for which brand & type it is suitable. Consider the type of image sensor it is suitable for. \ N \ nSamyang CS: These lenses are suitable for cameras with an APS-C sensor \ nFor the other lenses, Samyang does not use a specific indication.


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