minolta dynax 3 + fish eye

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by dotii, Mar 5, 2005.

  1. dotii

    dotii Guest

    I have an urgent question concerning the use of zenitar fish eye with
    minolta dynax 3:
    I have recently bought a zenitar fish eye along with a special
    converter that allows the lens to be mounted on minolta dynax 3 AF;
    however,even though the lens fits my camera, it does not work

    can anyone help and tell me how to adjust my automatic minolta so that
    it operates the manual fish eye lens?
    is that possible?

    I would be very very grateful for any help or hints!!!


    dotii, Mar 5, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    AF is out.

    Does it have means to activate the aperture? Or at least can the
    aperture be held closed to desired setting so manual mode can be used?

    Do you have a link to a wbepage descibing this adaptor?

    Alan Browne, Mar 5, 2005
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  3. dotii

    dotii Guest


    That's exactly what I'm trying to find out - you see, the lens has
    been mounted onto minolta but it seems not to work with it - I cannot
    activate the aperture even though zenitar fish eye with the adaptor is
    claimed to be fit for minolta AF
    I know that there are special steps you must take to switch the camera
    mode from automatic to manual - but I just don't know what to do
    I've also read that Minolta protected its cameras from the use of
    other than its AF lenses - I'm trying to find out how they did it and
    what to do to go round it

    what do you mean by "AF is out"?

    take care
    dotii, Mar 6, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Simply that AF won't work (probably).

    The Maxxum 3 cannot be put in manual exposure mode (from what I
    understand). The remaining questions are:

    1a- does the camera know the wide open aperture of the lens?

    1b- and, hence does the metering work?

    2- does the stop down tab work via the adaptor to stop down the lens?

    Unless the camera can read the lens aperture, and control the aperture
    of the lens, it simply cannot work on the Maxxum 3. On the Maxxum 5, it
    should probably be made to work. (Not sure about the Maxxum 4).

    If you can't determine the above or supply a reference to the adaptor,
    it will be hard to help you.
    Alan Browne, Mar 6, 2005
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    Stephen Guest

    With that lens, you'll have to manually focus it and manually set the
    f/stop. Also, you need to set the proper custom function to allow the
    shutter to fire. The custom function needed to be set is in the


    Stephen, Mar 6, 2005
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    dotii Guest

    tahnks for help
    the camera doesn't knmow the wide open aperture of the lens - it shows
    the same number no matter what I focus on; neither the metering works
    thus it just won't work:(

    thanks anyway
    dotii, Mar 7, 2005
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    Alan Browne Guest

    It "might" be made to work on a Maxxum 5 which has a full manual mode,
    but you will have to meter seperately, I would bet.

    The Maxxum 3 is really a P&S that allows lenses to change and little more.
    Alan Browne, Mar 7, 2005
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