Lenses in red text work fine on a Canon 10D, 30D and 40D (EF-S mount). They will not work on a Canon 5D Mark II because of insufficient mirror clearance. Lenses in black work on EF and EF-S cameras.
M42 Pentax screw mount
- Asahi SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.4
- Asahi SMC Takumar 50mm f/1.8
- Carl Zeiss Jena Pancolar 50mm f/1.8
- Helios-44 58mm f/2 (USSR Biotar clone)
- Mamiya 55mm f/1.4
- Mir 1-B 37mm f/2.8
- Pentacon 50mm f/1.8
- Yashica Yashinon DS, DX 50mm f/1.4
- Jupiter 9 85mm f/2 with silver adapter
- Pentacon MC 29mm f/2.8
- Tessar 2.8/50 Carl Zeiss Jena DDR
Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Distagon in Contax/Yashica mount
- Contax Carl Ziess Distagon 35mm f/2.8
- Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4
- Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.7
- Contax Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar 28-70mm f/3.5-4.5 *
- Contax Carl Zeiss Planar 85mm f/1.4 *
- Contax Carl Ziess Sonnar 135mm f/2.8 *
- Contax Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar 200mm f/3.5 *
* See comments regarding scratches
Kodak Retina Reflex & Voigtländer Bessamatic
- Schneider Retina-Curtagon 28mm f/4
- Schneider Retina-Curtagon 35mm f/2.8
- Schneider Retina-Xenon 50mm f/1.9
- Schneider Retina-Tele-Xenar 200mm f/4.8
- Voigtländer Super-Dynarex 135mm f/4
Nikon AI and non-AI mount
Nikon AI and non-AI lenses clear the mirror of a 5D Mk II. Extreme fisheye lenses that require locking up the mirror should not be used. As noted previously, don’t try using a Nikon non-AI lens on a Nikon digital camera. EF mount compatibility is the best with the Nikkors.
Rollei QBM mount
- Rolleinar MC 28mm f/2.8
- Carl Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/2.8
- Carl Zeiss Planar HFT 50mm f/1.4
- Rollei HFT Planar 50mm f/1.8
- Rolleinar MC 55mm f/1.4
- Carl Zeiss 85mm f/2.8 Sonnar
- Rolleinar MC 80-200mm f/4
- Rollei HFT Tele-Tessar 135mm f/4
- Rolleinar MC 200mm f/3.5
- Carl Zeiss Tele-Tessar 200mm f/4
- Voigtländer Color Ultron 55mm f/1.4
- Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 58mm f/2
- Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 80mm f/2.8 *
* Needs modification explained below
Zeiss Icarex mount
- Carl Zeiss Ultron 50mm f/1.8
- Carl Zeiss Tessar 50mm f/2.8
- Zeiss Ikon Color-Pantar 50mm f/2.8
- Carl Zeiss Super-Dynarex 135mm f/4
Contax scratch issues
A Contax 35mm f/2.8 Distagon with EF adapter. Note the 2 protrusions on the right.
Lenses in Contax/ Yashica mount (C/Y) work well on APS-C, Four Thirds and MFT cameras. On the 5D MkII, the aperture lever and a stationary tab extend 7.7-8mm inside the camera and will not interfere with the 5D Mk II’s mirror because they’re at the 6 o’clock position where’s there’s 16mm of clearance. The protrusions will lightly scratch the plastic inside the lens mount.
Marks made on a Rebel 2000 test camera by a Contax 200mm Tele-Tessar’s aperture lever and stationary tab.
Don’t bother adapting the Contax 35mm Distagon or 50mm f/1.4 Planar because the rear elements of these lenses will not clear the 5D Mk II’s mirror. If you want a 35mm Zeiss Distagon for your 5D Mk II, you can use a Rollei QBM mount Distagon with no problems.
Rollei Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Distagon
1978 Manufacturer’s list price: $785
List price in today’s dollars: $2,855
Retrofitting the Carl Zeiss Jena Tessar 80mm f/2.8
Some lenses need to be physically altered to get the clearance needed for the 5D Mk II. The Exakta bayonet on my Carl Zeiss Jena 80mm f/2.8 Tessar extended a fraction of a millimeter too far into the camera.
Modified 1967 Carl Zeiss Jena 80mm f/2.8 Tessar
I started with a fine tooth file and finished with a flat sharpening stone. In less than 5 minutes, I removed .6mm of metal from the back of the bayonet. The lens still fits tight on my Exakta film camera and it now has enough clearance for my 5D Mk II.
Modified Carl Zeiss Jena 80mm f/2.8 Tessar