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04-19-2013, 04:05 PM   #1
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Sentimental lens question

My aunt found an old lens from my uncle when cleaning up - I would love to find a suitable adapter (if possible) to take some shots with it. She didn't find any cameras nor other equipment but I do know he used to take quite a few photos. I have attached a picture of the mount if anyone can help out it would be helpful.

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04-19-2013, 04:26 PM   #2
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Oh ans sorry this is a Soligor 135mm 3.5 lens serial is: M680724
04-19-2013, 04:34 PM   #3
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hmmm...the serial probably should have been a clue - this is a Minolta mount isn't it?
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Looks pretty much like an old Minolta SR mount: File:Bajonett manual minolta.jpg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Many Minolta SR-mount cameras are really really cheap so you can easily find one for the lens and get a couple of more lenses for it.

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This is a Minolta mount and there is no adapter available to convert to K mount.
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QuoteOriginally posted by excanonfd Quote
This is a Minolta mount and there is no adapter available to convert to K mount.
There are optically corrected adapters just as there are for Nikon F and Canon FD. It just isn't worth it for this particular lens...
04-19-2013, 08:31 PM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by excanonfd Quote
This is a Minolta mount and there is no adapter available to convert to K mount.
Well actually there are: with a lens for infinity focus or without for macro use only. Just search ebay for "Minolta MD to Pentax adapter"

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-camera-field-accessories/96884-ada...ml#post2356857

The bayonet of this lens is compatible.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Not a Number Quote
Well actually there are: with a lens for infinity focus or without for macro use only. Just search ebay for "Minolta MD to Pentax adapter"

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-camera-field-accessories/96884-ada...ml#post2356857

The bayonet of this lens is compatible.
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There are optically corrected adapters just as there are for Nikon F and Canon FD. It just isn't worth it for this particular lens...
I stand corrected. So, there are both, optically corrected and not... Unfortunately, none of my Canon FD lens is memorable enough to pursue an adapter for the K mount, about the same situation as the OP's Minolta 135/3.5.

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Well jolivar uses the word "sentimental" in describing this lens. Value is relative and "sentimental" can make something very memorable or even invaluable.
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If converting the lens isn't an option, pick up a Minolta body to suit and get the use of the lens that way just as VisualDarkness has suggested, it's probably the best way forward in this situation.
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You need one of these solid beauties.
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QuoteOriginally posted by excanonfd Quote
I stand corrected. So, there are both, optically corrected and not... Unfortunately, none of my Canon FD lens is memorable enough to pursue an adapter for the K mount, about the same situation as the OP's Minolta 135/3.5.
Well, I tried an optically corrected mount for my FD 50 mm f 1.2, but the results were not very good. The magic this lens is supposed to have did not survive the adaptation process!
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QuoteOriginally posted by ivanvernon Quote
Well, I tried an optically corrected mount for my FD 50 mm f 1.2, but the results were not very good. The magic this lens is supposed to have did not survive the adaptation process!
That's too bad but at least there is no harm done. It might be better to sell the lens to a m4/3 shooter or try to convert the FD lens to K mount (irreversible) - need to shave off about 2 1/2 mm off the mount base. Converting an FD 200/4.0 Macro is imminently possible because of deeply inset rear glass but I doubt a 50mm lens would be the same.
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>Or< turn it into a 750mm telephoto by attaching it to a Pentax Q via an adapter. http://r.ebay.com/PZnRmI
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750mm telephoto by attaching it to a Pentax Q
It's a worry to get big glass by any other means now.
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