MD mount lenzes (and Minolta XD5)

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by, Jan 28, 2009.

  1. I realize that they have little value now but do not just want to chuck them
    into the skip. I would rather give them away to someone who could still make
    use of them. Any suggestions?

, Jan 28, 2009
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    Bruce Guest

    Get in touch with a local college that does photography classes, and
    offer them to the students. Most (but by no means all) colleges still
    expect students to learn using film cameras.
    Bruce, Jan 28, 2009
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    Rob Morley Guest

    City and Guilds no longer offers qualifications in wet photography.
    There was a good exhibition by art students at the local college last
    year, but that was shot with cameras they'd made themselves - try doing
    that with digital. :)
    Rob Morley, Jan 29, 2009

    Rob Morley Guest

    Don't chuck them - some of us are still using film, even buying
    obsolete junk - er ... classics - on eBay (although the postage can
    cost more than the cameras). My SO graduated a while ago from a point &
    shoot digital to one with manual controls. She fancied having a go
    with film so bought a Praktica kit the other day (it should be OK, her
    reasoning went, because I have some Prakticas). I think she was a bit
    surprised/intimidated by the manual-everything and considerable weight.
    She'd probably appreciate something as advanced as an XD5. :)
    Rob Morley, Jan 29, 2009
  5. There is considerable excitement in some circles, as the new Panasonic
    G1 can, with adaptors, accommodate virtually any lens from the past 50
    years. Manual focus, of course, but if the lenses have any quality, they
    may be worth a few bob.

    I'm not a Minolta user so don't know the differences.

    Michael J Davis, Jan 29, 2009

    John Guest

    I bought an adaptor on ebay so I could use my Minolta lens's on my Canon
    camera. Works great in aperture priority mode.

    My 50mm 1.2 became somewhere between a 50mm 1.4 and a 1.5.

    You also have to use manual focus.

    John, Jan 29, 2009
  7. Eh?

    Michael J Davis, Jan 29, 2009

    John Guest

    You loose a bit though the adaptor. The images come out a little bit darker.
    I open up 1 stop to compensate.

    John, Jan 30, 2009
  9. You mean the adaptor has *glass* in it? (i.e. like a telephoto

    Otherwise the light collecting ability of the lens is the same
    regardless of the camera used.

    If the images come out darker, it's more likely to be sensitivity /
    calibration differences between the cameras. IMHO of course.

    Michael J Davis, Jan 30, 2009

    Bruce Guest

    The adaptor has to have a glass element in it otherwise it would be
    impossible to obtain anywhere near infinity focus. The lens would be
    good for macro work only.

    That's because of the difference in register between Minolta MD and
    Canon EF lenses. Canon EF has one of the shorter registers, which is
    why you can fit so many different types of lenses to it with an adapter.
    For example, I use Contax/Yashica, Nikon AIS and AF, Pentax K and M42
    mount lenses on my Canon 5D bodies. They all give correct infinity
    focus, and none of the adapters needs a glass element.

    Not only do adapters with a glass element reduce the light coming
    through the lens, but they make the focal length longer, typically by a
    factor of 1.2 or 1.3. What is worse is that they significantly degrade
    image quality; the effect is far worse than an average teleconverter.

    So using Minolta MD lenses on a Canon EOS body would be pretty

    On the other hand, the MD mount's short register would not prevent an
    adapter being manufactured to fit them to a Four Thirds DSLR, let along
    the Micro Four Thirds Panasonic G1 which has an even shorter register.

    Leica M lenses have an even shorter register than Minolta MD, and an
    adapter is already available to fit them to the Micro Four Thirds mount.
    But I doubt there is much demand for a Minolta MD adapter.

    The best route might be to have an adapter specially made by SRB-Griturn
    of Luton, who specialise in such things. Their prices are surprisingly
    Bruce, Jan 30, 2009
  11. Ah! I see.
    Yes, that's what I was thinking...
    I'm amazed anyone bothers, then!
    Noted for future use. Ta!

    Thanks for the information, I am now better informed!

    Michael J Davis, Jan 30, 2009

    Bruce Guest

    It's a pleasure. :)
    Bruce, Jan 31, 2009
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