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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:33 pm 

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I've been a Canon fan for some time. Using an AE-1, then eos 10S, Powershot A590is, then Powershot S100 (can you see the retirement trend? getting lazy). Now comes Christmas day and my family thinks I needed a new Rebel eos T3 (EF-S 18-55 IS II). So begins a renewed career with Canon.

Now seriously, I need some advice as to compatibility of two lenses I have (from the eos 10S) with the new T3.
One is: Canon EF 75-300 F/4.0-5.6 (58), and the other is: Canon EF 35-135 F/4.0-5.6 (ultra-sonic) (58).
I believe the EF mounts should be compatible, but I'm not sure if these particular lenses would be good to use with the newer digital camera, particularly the 35-135 ultra-sonic.
Any help/advice would be appreciated.

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:46 pm 

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As long as the lenses are EF, they will be compatible with your Canon T3.
Regarding the quality, the EF 35-135mm has great image quality and the USM motor, I think, is great. The EF 75-300mm doesn't have all that great quality, but I think that as a starter lens it will do, but personally, I'd replace it with an EF-S 55-250mm IS, it's pretty cheap and it fits perfectly with your 18-55mm. Only disadvantage is that if you're planning to go full-frame someday, it won't be compatible.


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PostPosted: Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:02 pm 

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Welcome to the forum! :)

EOS EF is EOS EF, film or digital, so your old lenses, if truly EF, should work fine on your new camera. (EF-S lenses, however, are NOT SAFE TO USE ON AN EF CAMERA!) Whether or not the images recorded by your old lenses will be any better than your kit lens, however, is questionable. Your 18-55mm with IS is actually a very capable lens, within the 18mm to 55mm focal length range.

I was able find some reviews of the 75-300mm, and it seemed rather unloved. I learned there have been at least three generations without Image Stabilization, and one with Image Stabilization. Really, however, it is how your lens performs on your camera that matters, when you review the images on your computer monitor. Keep in mind that your monitor can enlarge an image until its pixels fall apart. An image only needs to be pleasing at the sizes you wish to view it, whether on a monitor, or printed.

Remember to remove film-era filters from your lenses, to see how they truly transmit light.

The 35-135mm seems to be so ancient that finding on-line reviews is difficult. It may have been a good lens in its day, but those days were before the internet was in widespread use.

Canon 5Ds R/7D2/7D/5D/40D/1D2N/M3; Nikon F6/D3s/D700/FM3A/1Dx/Coolpix A. Lens selection undergoing changes; some favorites: Zeiss 2/135 APO Sonnar, Canon 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS and 135L, Nikkor 14-24/2.8G and 24-70/2.8G.

PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:19 pm 

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Since your older EF lenses will work with your new camera, why not use them for a while and determine for yourself if you need to replace any of them?

Between all three lenses, you do have a nice range with a lot of overlap. If you decide later to upgrade something, you can do so then. By using what you have now, you will be in a better position to understand what you will want to upgrade to later on.

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