Minolta XD7 lenses with digital SLR Camera?

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Davidm, Jan 19, 2006.

  1. Davidm

    Davidm Guest

    I know little about minolta, but found the following via google which may
    help. Your lenses are MD I think, and the 5D and 7D are Minolta Dynax dSLR
    cameras:

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    Yes, you can use MC and MD lenses on the 5D using Minolta's M/A converters,
    with manual diaphragm, manual focusing and manual or aperture priority auto
    exposure.
    These are 2x converters, so the focal lengths are doubled, effective maximum
    aperture halved, and optical quality reduced to some extent. There are also
    independent (usually unbranded) adapters which are typically around 1.3x,
    but the glass in these is likely to be lower quality than the Minolta ones
    (often only one or two elements), though they are cheaper.
     
    Davidm, Jan 19, 2006
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  2. Davidm

    k Guest

    | Hi,
    | I just came across my old Minolta XD7 camera and wondered if I could buy
    | a digital SLR camera that would allow me to use my old trusted lenses?
    | If yes, are there any brand recommendations?
    | Sorry if this question sounds trivial, but I haven't looked into
    | photography for a long time. Don't know about lens connecting systems
    | and standards.

    bloody shame this..

    "Konica Minolta Holdings will withdraw from the camera and film businesses,
    marking the end to one of the best known brands in the photography world.

    As part of the surprise move, the Tokyo-based company said Thursday it will
    sell a portion of its digital single lens reflex (SLR) camera assets to Sony
    for an undisclosed sum and cease production of compact cameras by March of
    this year.

    The company said it will stop making photographic film and color paper by
    March 2007, pulling out of a market in rapid decline due to the spread of
    digital cameras, which store images digitally.

    The world's third-largest maker of camera film after Eastman Kodak and Fuji
    Photo Film had said in November that it would significantly downsize its
    loss-making camera and film operations, but not completely shut them down.

    "I wanted to put a clear end to the matter," Konica Minolta President Fumio
    Iwai said at a press conference, where the company also announced that Iwai
    would be replaced by Vice President Yoshikatsu Ota on April 1.

    Konica Minolta said in November it expected to post a group net loss of
    $407.9 million (47 billion yen) in the fiscal year that ends in March.

    But the decision to completely pull the plug on the business caught analysts
    and archrival Fuji Photo off guard.

    Konica Minolta, created in August 2003 through the merger of Konica and
    Minolta, has a long history in the camera and film markets, producing
    Japan's first photographic paper in 1903 and the country's first color film
    in 1940.

    Following the news, Fuji Photo issued a press release saying it will
    continue making traditional camera film.

    JP Morgan analyst Hisashi Moriyama called Konica Minolta's move a "positive
    surprise.I was also not expecting Iwai to step down. This is a bold move
    rare among Japanese firms." He added that the decision could increase
    pressure on Fuji to downsize its business.

    "I think the stock will go up. The traditional camera and film businesses
    were seen as a barrier to earnings growth and now it will be completely
    gone."

    By ditching the unprofitable operations, Iwai said the company could focus
    resources on more promising areas such as color office copiers and LCD
    materials, medical equipment and optical devices.

    Sony and Konica Minolta formed an agreement in July to jointly develop
    digital SLR cameras, which are generally more expensive and offer better
    performance than point-and-shoot compact models, and typically use
    interchangeable lenses.

    Konica Minolta said it will continue to produce digital SLR camera bodies
    and lenses for Sony based on its Maxxum/Dynax mount system, meaning that
    current owners of those lenses will be able to use them on new digital SLR
    models to be developed by Sony.

    But the Konica Minolta brand will disappear, ending a legacy that started
    when Konica introduced its first camera in 1903"


    k
     
    k, Jan 20, 2006
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  3. Davidm

    TonyS Guest

    Hi,
    I just came across my old Minolta XD7 camera and wondered if I could buy
    a digital SLR camera that would allow me to use my old trusted lenses?
    If yes, are there any brand recommendations?
    Sorry if this question sounds trivial, but I haven't looked into
    photography for a long time. Don't know about lens connecting systems
    and standards.

    Thanks

    Tony
     
    TonyS, Jan 20, 2006
    #3
  4. Davidm

    NikonF4 Guest

    You can buy a Konica Minolta 5D for about $1100, but then you need an
    adapter. The only one I know of was made by Sigma. The problem
    (electronics) is that it didn't work on anything more modern than a
    Minolta 500si.

    So the short answer is no.
     
    NikonF4, Jan 20, 2006
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  5. Davidm

    NikonF4 Guest

    I love it. All those fools will dump their Minolta gear on the second
    hand market and I will be greedily awaiting :)

    Plus companies like Sigma will reduce the price of their Minolta mount
    lenses to clear them out!!
     
    NikonF4, Jan 20, 2006
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  6. Davidm

    Adam F Guest

    Although Sony is supposedly going to make DSLRs in MAF mount, I won't be
    holding my breath.
    Can't wait for Dynax 7 price to plummet even further, that's a helluva
    camera :)

    //Adam F
     
    Adam F, Jan 21, 2006
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