Minolta Lens Options

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by H Davis, Dec 1, 2004.

  1. H Davis

    H Davis Guest

    I'd like to buy a digital camera an replace my old Minolta cameras with it.
    Since I've purchased several Minolta lenses over the past 20 years, I'd like
    to buy a camera that will accept the lenses. Is there a camera on the market
    that fits this bill?

    H Davis
    H Davis, Dec 1, 2004
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  2. H Davis

    Alan Browne Guest

    Assuming that your lenses are Maxxum (Dynax) lenses (A-mount), then the recently
    released 6 MPix Maxxum (Dynax) 7D fits the bill perfectly
    (If your lenses are MC/MD then you are SOL).


    This camera boasts anti-shake, a large LCD monitor and rugged construction.

    US$1600 is the current price, but it is listed on the Dell website at $1359.
    There is also a $150 rebate applicable to further lens purchases.

    Alan Browne, Dec 1, 2004
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  3. H.,

    I was in exactly the same position about two years ago.

    Again, my advice won't apply unless you have the same lenses that I
    started with (your letter isn't specific about your lens format).
    Since you've been collecting lenses for 20 years, and the first
    Minolta autofocus Maxxum came out in 1985 or '86, perhaps these AF
    lenses are what you have.

    As the owner of a Minolta 7xi, there was only one choice for digital
    bodies that would go with my assortment of Maxxum auto-focus lenses.
    That was the RD-175, a digital camera with about a 1.75 megapixel
    image size (pretty small by today's standards). When new, the camera
    was about $5,000 (here in Canada, anyway) and featured some extremely
    advanced design elements (like the use of three separate CCD sensors
    and a computer chip to stitch the final image from this composite).

    In its defence, I must say that the image quality is surprisingly
    good! This is due to a couple of things. First, the digital
    circuitry does a great job of preserving the image and recording it
    faithfully. Second, Minolta lenses are fantastic, and no CCD or CMOS
    can ever compensate for a bad initial image coming from an inferior

    Anyway, my particular path toward digital photography took a bit of a
    detour, because while looking for a good used RD-175, I stumbled
    across a good used RD3000. This was the new Minolta digital that came
    out about five years after the first. I bought the RD3000 thinking
    I'd never actually find my RD-175, but then I found the RD-175 for
    sale THE SAME DAY and bought it, too. Life is what happens when
    you've made other plans.

    So I now have a digital that uses my previous Maxxum AF lenses
    (Minolta 50mm macro, Tamron 28-70mm, Tamron 70-210mm, Minolta xi
    100-300mm, Sigma 400mm) and flash (Minolta 5400HS), but I've also had
    to buy new lenses for the RD3000! It takes Dimage lenses that were
    intended for the smaller-format (APS film) Vectic cameras. The
    smaller lenses work well for digital, since the CCD/CMOS area of a
    digital is MUCH smaller than the film area of a regular camera.

    And this is an important point, because when you use "regular" lenses
    on a digital body, the digital image sensor will only be recording a
    small rectangular section out of the middle of the image that the lens
    is producing. In other words, you will get an instant magnification
    factor with this arrangement. A 70-210mm lens will behave like a
    100-300mm lens (for example, and depending on the level of
    magnification between your lens and the camera's sensor). I believe
    that my RD3000 provides about 25% of magnification, and that the
    RD-175 might providing as much as 40% or so -- though I think the body
    incorporates a sub-lens arrangement between the lens mount and the
    sensor that somewhat corrects for this. I can't recall at the moment.

    I'm afraid that, having spent my camera budget for the next five years
    already, I have done no research into Minolta's newer models and
    cannot provide any advice beyond the RD-175 and RD3000 models.

    And if you can't find a suitable body, and need to sell your lenses --
    hey, what lenses have you got??? Heh heh.

    Good luck.

    Hamilton D.
    Hamilton Davidson, Dec 1, 2004
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