In this video I discuss getting old film-era lenses with an adapter for your camera. They make these for Nikon and Canon bodies. And you can get Canon FD to Canon EOS, or Nikon F to Nikon, or Nikon F to Canon. In the video I talk about Canon FD to Canon EOS, but the more I read about it, the more I think Nikon F to EOS might be better. The Nikon adapters don’t have a glass element like the Canon adapters do. The glass element allows infinity focus. And it’s usually true in photography that the more elements you add, the more the quality can degrade (think cheap UV filters, they protect your lens but the cheap ones can hurt image quality.
I should pick up a Nikon to EOS adapter and an old Nikon lens that’s as close to the Sigma 24mm FD f/2.8 that I show in the video and see if there is any difference in quality.
But in the mean time, know that if you’ve just bought a DSLR and want to add a few lenses on the cheap, you can get an adapter for what was once very good quality lenses. You just have to manually focus and change aperture.
Here are two adapters for Canon and Nikon. I’m going to recommend a different Canon one than I use, because it’s rated better on Amazon.