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10-01-2013, 03:51 PM   #1
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What to do with old minolta lenses..

So I got a bunch of old Minolta Rokkor MD/MC lensed.

I'd like to use them on something and was thinking of buying a used "Back" that I could use with an adapter.

There's the M4/3 stuff, Nex and Fuji.....

Anyone done this and what did you like?

I had those lenses for years and some are quite lovely.

Would prefer a body with some kind of SR....

Thanks

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You can convert at least some of them to K-mount.

I did just that with a 58mm 1.4. Have a 57mm 1.4 that is in my backlog to convert some day.

With adjusting the helicoid and trimming the thickness of the rear of the lens where the m42 to K adapter will go, you can gain infinity focus as well.
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QuoteOriginally posted by cyclone3d Quote
You can convert at least some of them to K-mount.

I did just that with a 58mm 1.4. Have a 57mm 1.4 that is in my backlog to convert some day.

With adjusting the helicoid and trimming the thickness of the rear of the lens where the m42 to K adapter will go, you can gain infinity focus as well.

Thanks.

But that is honestly more work than I want to do atm.

Really just looking for a affordable camera to put them on and mess around with when bored.
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I would get a used NEX body like NEX-3. They are quite cheap.

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I'll check out the nex, Thanks
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QuoteOriginally posted by Corto-PA Quote
So I got a bunch of old Minolta Rokkor MD/MC lensed.

I'd like to use them on something and was thinking of buying a used "Back" that I could use with an adapter.

There's the M4/3 stuff, Nex and Fuji.....

Anyone done this and what did you like?

I had those lenses for years and some are quite lovely.

Would prefer a body with some kind of SR....

Thanks
The only DSLR with SR that takes Minolta lenses without an adapter is the Sony DSLRs.
Used Sony Alpha SLT-A37 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom SLTA37K
http://www.dpreview.com/previews/sony-slt-a37/
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If macrophotograpy is your thing you can buy a glassless MD to K-mount adapter. I have one of the first generation adapters which is merely the adapter without the optical element(s). You get some vignetting depending on the lens and amount of extension. The current versions do not have this problem. Refer to the post I made about these adapters

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-camera-field-accessories/96884-ada...ml#post2356857
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QuoteOriginally posted by jogiba Quote
The only DSLR with SR that takes Minolta lenses without an adapter is the Sony DSLRs.
Used Sony Alpha SLT-A37 DSLR Camera with 18-55mm Zoom SLTA37K
Sony SLT-A37 Hands-on Preview: Digital Photography Review
Wrong Minolta lenses, Im talking the old MD/MC stuff.

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1) I hope you have a Minolta film body. Wonderful cameras and lenses in their native habitat. 2) I have a NEX 3c which is low cost and works well with the MD lenses with a cheap adapter. You don't get an eye lever viewfinder however, nor SR.
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You can give them all to me for free ! i will pay the price of shipping of course

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1) I hope you have a Minolta film body. Wonderful cameras and lenses in their native habitat. 2) I have a NEX 3c which is low cost and works well with the MD lenses with a cheap adapter. You don't get an eye lever viewfinder however, nor SR.
Got Plenty of Film bodies, But I only shoot MF film anymore.

Going to do some more research on used NEX bodies.

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You could always get a MD to Q adapter and a Q camera.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Corto-PA Quote
Got Plenty of Film bodies, But I only shoot MF film anymore.

Going to do some more research on used NEX bodies.

Thanks
The new MD-NEX adapter has a .72x focal reducer built in to give you an extra stop so a 50mm F1.4 would work like a 36mm F1.0 on a NEX body.
Minolta MD MC to Sony NEX F3 5R 6 Focal Reducer Speed Booster Adapter Lens Turbo | eBay



Or just get a low cost MD-NEX adapter .
Minolta MD Lens to Sony NEX 3 NEX 5 NEX5C NEX 5N NEX 7 NEX VG10 E Mount Adapter | eBay

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My preference is for the Nex. Several models have the Sony 16mb sensor like the Pentax dslrs, except the Nex has 12bit data depth vice 14bit for the Pentax.

So you get high IQ. With the Nex 6, you also get a built-in EVF for those sunny days. Nex provides 2 good methods of focusing manual lenses: focus peaking and magnified view. I much prefer the Nex when i'm using macros because of the enhanced manual focusing methods (over my Pentax dslr that is) Also the built-in tilt LCD allows interesting angles for many macros.
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