Minolta 35mm SLR and Sony DSLR lenses

Discussion in 'Sony' started by Arthur Borysiewicz, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. I have a Minolta Dynax/Maxxum 3, 35mm SLR. I know that most Minolta AF
    lenses are compatible with the new Sony DSLRs, such as the A100; what I'm
    not entirely clear on is the extent of compatibility between the new Sony
    DSLR lenses and older Minolta 35 mm auto focus cameras, such as my Dynax 3.
    The dyxum.com site for instance states that all the new sony lenses work on
    the Konica-Minolta 5D and 7D DSLRs, but they make no mention of their
    compatibility with Minolta 35mm SLRs. Is there anyone who can enlighten me
    further on this matter, as as I need to know if I can use one set of lenses
    for both my Minolta 35mm SLR and a Sony DSLR I may buy later on. Any
    assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    Arthur Borysiewicz, Dec 29, 2007
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    Yoshi Guest

    The Sony and Minolta DSLR's use a smaller sensor (not full frame) and lenses
    that are specifically built for the Sony and Minolta DSLRs will not cover
    the full frame of a 35mm image. Lenses made for 35mm cameras will work
    adequately on the DSLR. Lenses for smaller sensor DSLRs are not backwards
    compatable to 35mm.

    Yoshi, Dec 29, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Some of the new Sony and Carl Zeiss lenses for Sony are full frame.
    Tony Polson, Dec 29, 2007
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    Pudentame Guest

    Any change in the placement of the contacts used to control the lens
    between the Maxxum 3 and the later DSLRs? I.e. are the lenses
    electrically and mechanically compatible with the older body?

    Even on the crop sensor digital lenses, if the vignetting isn't any
    worse than I've seen with some other digital lenses used on film bodies,
    I expect you could live with it if the lenses are otherwise compatible.
    Pudentame, Dec 31, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest

    I believe so, but why not check with the Sony importer?
    Tony Polson, Dec 31, 2007
  6. Arthur-

    To demonstrate compatibility, a local Minolta dealer had me try my A100
    "kit" lens on one of his Minolta AF film bodies. There was no
    mechanical interference problem, but the corners of the viewfinder frame
    were slightly dark when zoomed to a wide angle.

    This kit lens came with the A100. It works very well as long as it is
    used with the A100. However, I would avoid about buying another lens
    that did not cover the full frame, because I firmly believe future Sony
    DSLRs will be full frame. Bodies are replaced as new features emerge,
    but the lenses stick around.

    I've had no trouble using my old Minolta AF lenses on the A100,
    including the 500mm f/8 AF Mirror lens. My only compatibility problem
    was with an older flash that was purchased with the 9xi body. I had to
    purchase one of the more recent Minolta "D" flash models for use with
    the A100.

    Fred McKenzie, Dec 31, 2007
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    Pudentame Guest

    Well, in my case, it was just idle curiosity, since I shoot Pentax,
    which IS pretty much backwards/forwards compatable.
    Pudentame, Jan 1, 2008
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