Minolta manual lenses any use with DSLRs?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by steph, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. steph

    steph Guest

    Hi,

    I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?

    Thanks,
    Stephan
     
    steph, Dec 20, 2007
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  2. steph

    RichA Guest

    On Dec 20, 3:01 pm, steph <> wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    > least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    > these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    > that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Stephan


    Sony DSLRs can use them, so can Olympus and Canons with adapters.
     
    RichA, Dec 20, 2007
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  3. steph

    acl Guest

    On Dec 20, 11:22 pm, RichA <> wrote:
    > On Dec 20, 3:01 pm, steph <> wrote:
    >
    > > Hi,

    >
    > > I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    > > least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    > > these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    > > that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?

    >
    > > Thanks,
    > > Stephan

    >
    > Sony DSLRs can use them, so can Olympus and Canons with adapters.


    Are you sure? He's talking about md-mount lenses, not the dynax mount
    which the sonys also have. Maybe there are adapters, I don't know, but
    I am pretty sure that my md/mc lenses never fit onto the dynax slrs
    (of which I still have one).
     
    acl, Dec 20, 2007
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  4. steph wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    > least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    > these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    > that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >


    Due to the back focus, no. The old MD mount has a shallow body depth and
    can't easily be adapted to any modern camera without using an optical
    conversion (about 1.2X) to fit the necessary adaptor extension.

    It's not worth it. Some old macro and extreme tele lenses are
    interesting to play with, and a few folk have used Peter Ganzel's
    methods to convert 58mm f1.4 vintage Rokkors to fit the AF-mount without
    a converter, for manual use.

    David
     
    David Kilpatrick, Dec 20, 2007
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  5. steph

    Frank Arthur Guest

    "steph" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses,
    > at
    > least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can
    > reuse
    > these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    > that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Stephan


    Why use ancient lenses on a DSLR?
    It's like using a Nikon D3 camera with a Flash using flashbulbs.
     
    Frank Arthur, Dec 20, 2007
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  6. steph writes:

    > I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    > these with any of the current digital SLR models?


    I have removed and replaced the bayonet fittings on Minolta MD mount lenses
    to adapt them to the Canon EF mount bayonet and flange distance, making the
    lenses into manual lenses for Canon digital SLRs. But that requires
    precision machine shop work, and unless that's your hobby or business, it
    won't be worth it.

    Examples:

    http://www.truetex.com/tokina_at-x_35-200mm_ef_adapter.pdf
    http://www.truetex.com/tokina_rmc_500mm_ef_adapter.pdf
     
    Richard J Kinch, Dec 21, 2007
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  7. steph

    G.T. Guest

    Frank Arthur wrote:
    > "steph" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses,
    >> at
    >> least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can
    >> reuse
    >> these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    >> that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Stephan

    >
    > Why use ancient lenses on a DSLR?
    > It's like using a Nikon D3 camera with a Flash using flashbulbs.
    >
    >


    Damn, you're a fucking idiot.

    Greg
     
    G.T., Dec 21, 2007
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    88BlueGT

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    I was going to ask the same thing. My father was showing me his old equipment including his soligor 400mm tele-lens.... and I was thinking if it would work on a newer DLSR. I'm pretty new to SLR cameras so I dont know these kinds of things unfortunately. :rolleyes:
     
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    88BlueGT, Dec 21, 2007
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  9. steph wrote:

    > Hi,
    >
    > I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    > least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    > these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    > that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >


    There are adapters available for Minolta MD/MC lenses to fit several dslr
    bodies, including Minolta, Sony & Canon. Do a search on e-bay for "Minolta
    MD lens adapter".
    --
    gautam
     
    Gautam Majumdar, Dec 21, 2007
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  10. "Gautam Majumdar" <> wrote in message
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    > steph wrote:
    >
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    >> least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    >> these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    >> that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >>

    >
    > There are adapters available for Minolta MD/MC lenses to fit several dslr
    > bodies, including Minolta, Sony & Canon. Do a search on e-bay for "Minolta
    > MD lens adapter".
    > --
    > gautam


    Unfortunately those adapters have to use a weak optical element because of
    the difference in flange distance, which makes them both more expensive and
    less satisfactory. A non-optical adapter would be limited to close-up use.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, Dec 22, 2007
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  11. "steph" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    > least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    > these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    > that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Stephan


    Minolta A-mount lenses (for the autofocus Maxxum and Dynax cameras) can be
    used with Sony DSLRs with no problem, but the older MC and MD mount lenses
    for cameras like your XG-M unfortunately cannot. There's an adapter but it's
    expensive, hard to find and not really satisfactory.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, Dec 22, 2007
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  12. steph

    Yoshi Guest

    "steph" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > Hi,
    >
    > I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    > least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    > these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    > that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >
    > Thanks,
    > Stephan


    The Minolta AF mount (Maxxum) is entirely different from the Minolta MF
    mount (MD). RichA, as usual, doesn't have a clue what he is talking about.

    B&H Photo sell an adapter to use the MD lenses on a Maxxum or Sony body:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/97536-REG/General_Brand_Maxxum_Body_to_Minolta.html

    As for the remark made by Frank Arthur, he hasn't a clue either. Many of the
    manual focus Rokkors had excellent optics, and would give great results on a
    digital body.

    Yoshi
     
    Yoshi, Dec 26, 2007
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  13. steph

    G.T. Guest

    Yoshi wrote:
    > "steph" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    >> least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    >> these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    >> that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Stephan

    >
    > The Minolta AF mount (Maxxum) is entirely different from the Minolta MF
    > mount (MD). RichA, as usual, doesn't have a clue what he is talking about.
    >
    > B&H Photo sell an adapter to use the MD lenses on a Maxxum or Sony body:
    >
    > http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/97536-REG/General_Brand_Maxxum_Body_to_Minolta.html
    >
    > As for the remark made by Frank Arthur, he hasn't a clue either. Many of the
    > manual focus Rokkors had excellent optics, and would give great results on a
    > digital body.
    >


    Yeah, my Mom gave me a Rokkor X 50mm f/1.4 a few weeks ago. I'm
    thinking about picking up the adapter.

    Greg
     
    G.T., Dec 26, 2007
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  14. "Yoshi" <> wrote in message
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    >
    > "steph" <> wrote in message
    > news:...
    >> Hi,
    >>
    >> I've got an old Minolta XG-M and 3 rather nice manual focus lenses, at
    >> least to my account. I wonder if there is any chance that I can reuse
    >> these with any of the current digital SLR models? Somewhere I read
    >> that they can be used with Sony DSLRs. Is that true?
    >>
    >> Thanks,
    >> Stephan

    >
    > The Minolta AF mount (Maxxum) is entirely different from the Minolta MF
    > mount (MD). RichA, as usual, doesn't have a clue what he is talking
    > about.
    >
    > B&H Photo sell an adapter to use the MD lenses on a Maxxum or Sony body:
    >
    > http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/97536-REG/General_Brand_Maxxum_Body_to_Minolta.html


    Note that that's not the original Minolta adapter (which is hard if not
    impossible to find) *and* they don't actually have it in stock anyway, and
    don't know when or if they ever will.

    >
    > As for the remark made by Frank Arthur, he hasn't a clue either. Many of
    > the manual focus Rokkors had excellent optics, and would give great
    > results on a digital body.


    Yes, the old Minolta manual focus optics are excellent -- on a Minolta
    manual focus body. On an autofocus body with no focusing aids in the
    viewfinder they would be less satisfactory *and* their optical quality would
    inevitably be somewhat degraded by the adapter, which requires its own weak
    optical element to allow focus to infinity. I would be especially dubious
    about using a non-Minolta brand adapter for this purpose.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, Dec 28, 2007
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  15. steph

    Yoshi Guest


    >
    > Yes, the old Minolta manual focus optics are excellent -- on a Minolta
    > manual focus body. On an autofocus body with no focusing aids in the
    > viewfinder they would be less satisfactory *and* their optical quality
    > would inevitably be somewhat degraded by the adapter, which requires its
    > own weak optical element to allow focus to infinity. I would be especially
    > dubious about using a non-Minolta brand adapter for this purpose.
    >
    > Neil

    Cameraquest makes a Minolta MD to 4/3's adapter allowing the Rokkors to be
    used with Olympus/Panasonic DSLRS and without the requirement of a
    correction lens.

    http://www.cameraquest.com/adapt_olyE1.htm

    also:

    http://www.rokkorfiles.com/olympus.htm


    The adapter works well and the Rokkors give fine results on my E-500.

    Yoshi
     
    Yoshi, Dec 28, 2007
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  16. "Yoshi" <> wrote in message
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    >
    >>
    >> Yes, the old Minolta manual focus optics are excellent -- on a Minolta
    >> manual focus body. On an autofocus body with no focusing aids in the
    >> viewfinder they would be less satisfactory *and* their optical quality
    >> would inevitably be somewhat degraded by the adapter, which requires its
    >> own weak optical element to allow focus to infinity. I would be
    >> especially dubious about using a non-Minolta brand adapter for this
    >> purpose.
    >>
    >> Neil

    > Cameraquest makes a Minolta MD to 4/3's adapter allowing the Rokkors to be
    > used with Olympus/Panasonic DSLRS and without the requirement of a
    > correction lens.
    >
    > http://www.cameraquest.com/adapt_olyE1.htm
    >
    > also:
    >
    > http://www.rokkorfiles.com/olympus.htm
    >
    >
    > The adapter works well and the Rokkors give fine results on my E-500.


    That's interesting. The Four Thirds cameras must have a shorter flange
    distance.

    However, the OP was asking about a Sony DSLR and the older Minolta lenses,
    and that combination does unfortunately require a weak element in the
    adapter.

    Neil
     
    Neil Harrington, Dec 30, 2007
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  17. steph

    steph Guest

    On 28 Dez. 2007, 20:26, "Yoshi" <> wrote:
    > > Yes, the old Minolta manual focus optics are excellent -- on a Minolta
    > > manual focus body. On an autofocus body with no focusing aids in the
    > > viewfinder they would be less satisfactory *and* their optical quality
    > > would inevitably be somewhat degraded by the adapter, which requires its
    > > own weak optical element to allow focus to infinity. I would be especially
    > > dubious about using a non-Minolta brand adapter for this purpose.

    >
    > > Neil

    >
    > Cameraquest makes a Minolta MD to 4/3's adapter allowing the Rokkors to be
    > used with Olympus/Panasonic DSLRS and without the requirement of a
    > correction lens.
    >
    > http://www.cameraquest.com/adapt_olyE1.htm
    >
    > also:
    >
    > http://www.rokkorfiles.com/olympus.htm
    >
    > The adapter works well and the Rokkors give fine results on my E-500.
    >
    > Yoshi


    Oh, that's a nice info. What about Pentax? Does anyone now if there's
    an adapter available?
     
    steph, Jan 2, 2008
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    Srt201 minolta

    I HAVE AN OLD AST THE WORLD SRT201 MINOTA AND I CANT GET THE OLD LENS OFF, I PUSH THE BUTTON AND CANT UNSCREW IT FROM THE BASE.
    wILL THE OLD 70-210 ZOOM FIT ON A NIKON D-70?
    ANY HELP WOULD BE GREAT
     
    stevec2, Jul 12, 2009
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    The adapter may not work very well, u may test it before buy
     
    luizkutianski, Sep 29, 2010
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