Minolta (MF) to Canon adaptor?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Bates, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. Bates

    Bates Guest

    Hello all,

    I have a series of what I consider to be very nice minolta lenses from
    my old manual focus days on an XG-1. I've since switched to Canon gear
    (still 35mm) and am thinking of finally getting a DSLR now that the
    RebelXTi is out and somewhat within my currently limited budget. Does
    anyone know of an adaptor that would allow me to mount a minolta lens
    onto a Canon body? I'd love to be able to use some of those old lenses
    despite the fact that they are manual focus.

    Thanks in advance.

    Bates, Sep 28, 2006
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  2. SRB in Luton would be a good place to start.
    286 Leagrave Road
    LU3 1RB

    01582 572471


    Regards, Ian.
    Fred Anonymous, Oct 1, 2006
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  3. Bates

    Bates Guest

    Ian, Many thanks - I'll check them out.
    Bates, Oct 1, 2006
  4. Please let us know how you get on.
    SRB were offering an FD to EOS adaptor recently (well, the advert said
    something along the lines of "if you are interested in such an adaptor then
    contact us").

    Regards, Ian.
    Fred Anonymous, Oct 5, 2006
  5. Bates

    Thomas Guest

    I think it is possible, in fact I have seen these adapters advertised.
    There are a number of drawbacks to be expected though:

    1. The adapter has to be very thin, so it may be fragile.
    2. It is rare, probably hand made, and expensive.
    3. You lose all automatic stuff, even the aperture simulator.
    4. I think the Rebel cannot meter with manual lenses.
    5. Even if it does, it may not be accurate.
    6. There is no AF help, no split screen etc.

    That being said, if you are basically looking for a digital version of
    your XG-1, this is probably as close as you can get. Only you can
    decide, whether it is worth it. If you do, please let us know how it

    Thomas, Oct 5, 2006
  6. Bates

    Ken Lucke Guest

    Depends on your idea of fragile. Mine was made of machined stainless
    steel wafers. Quite sturdy, unless you wannted to TRY to bend it.
    Rare, yes, but mine wasn't that expensive - IIRC, it was somewhere in
    the neighhborhood of $30 a few years ago.
    Correct, with the exception of TTL metering and exposure.
    True, although there IS no split screen to begin with on the XTi - one
    of its drawbacks, and one I intend to rectify the same way I did on the
    XT - with one of the Katz replacement focusing screens.
    I've used Nikon (and Tamron-made-for-Nikon), Olympus, and Minolta
    lenses all on my XT by using adapters, all with excellent results. I
    only still have the Tamron available to me since I've gotten the XTi,
    but I'm quite sure that there's no change in functionality along those

    I got all of the adapters off of eBay at various times.
    Ken Lucke, Oct 5, 2006
  7. Bates

    default Guest

    If it is the Minolta AF mount, then it would be very thin. If it is the MD
    mount, then it may not be possible to make an adaptor without optics as the
    register distance is less than the EOS mount. It is very close though, so
    maybe you would get away with it with some lenses. Even if you don't get
    infinity focus, you would might get past the hyperfocal distance in many
    This is probably true.

    Not too big of a deal, you get used to it.

    This is not true at all. The Rebel series will meter though any lens.

    I've used my Rebel XT with different manual lenses from a Peleng 8mm fisheye
    to a 500mm mirror. Metering generally is good.

    This is the most frustrating part if you have a simple adaptor. However the
    addition of a "Dandelion" or an equivalent device will trick the camera into
    turning on the AF confirmation light which pretty much totally solves the

    It probably would be better value to sell the Minolta lenses and put the
    money toward a real EF mount lens.
    default, Oct 7, 2006
  8. Bates

    Bates Guest

    Hi Again,

    Looks like there is an incompatibility with Minolta MD and Canon EOS.
    The focal plane onthe Minolta is such that if you use an adaptor you
    can no longer get focus at infinity (or so I have been told).
    Apparently it is fine for Macro work etc....

    There are some out there though so I'll see how it goes. Looks like
    they come up on Ebay every so often for around $30 so I'll be keeping
    my eye out.

    I may just have to sell my old ones and put the money toward new EOS
    lenses. Shame though, I've got a 50mm 1.4 that I love......

    Thanks again,

    Bates, Oct 7, 2006
  9. Bates

    J. Clarke Guest

    A word of warning with regard to the adapters. If you're going to use one
    see if you can pick up a dead body off of ebay cheap to use for fitting
    purposes--the first one I used needed some filing to fit and even though I
    blew it out and wiped it down and ultasonic-cleaned it before putting it on
    the camera it still managed to scrape some final shavings inside which
    ended up scratching the focusing screen, which I replaced with a Katz-eye,
    but it cost me 200 bucks to get all the shavings cleaned out professionally
    (once I scratched the screen I wasn't _about_ to try to get them off the
    sensor myself).

    Alternatively plan on paying the price for one that fits right to begin
    J. Clarke, Oct 12, 2006
  10. Bates

    Bates Guest

    Thanks for the tip - if I find an adapter to try out I'll definately
    try it out on a "dead" body first.

    I'm starting to think just getting some new Canon lenses will be my
    best bet....
    Bates, Oct 15, 2006
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