REALLY old Minolta lenses?
I was hoping someone could help me out. My Dad has an OLD (early 1970's) Minolta SRT-101 35mm SLR film camera and a wide variety of lenses. I am also very interested in purchasing a Sony Alpha DSLR-100. I took one of his lenses to a fairly knowledgeable camera store in my area and the lens was a little small for the body. They told me that the connections were a little different and that as far as they were aware, no adapter existed.
Does anyone know if there is any adapter out there that will allow these old (most were made between 1970 and 1973) lenses to work with the DSLR-100?
I've done all the research I can stand on this camera and the old SRT-101 and I haven't been able to find anything yet. I know that a lot of the 1985+ lenses that Minolta made are compatible, but I haven't found anything else.
I am very, VERY impressed with this camera, but I don't want to go out and spend tons of money on lenses when I have a bunch already.
Can anyone help?
Unfortunately ... they changed their mind at Minolta
Sad to say ... but your glass has had its day.
I've been shooting Minolta glass for over 20 years and there wasn't anything to adapt SRT camera glass to the AF-mount back then, either. You have to buy new ... or recent.
The SRT is a collector's item, now, if it still works. Perhaps you could sell it and recover enough to make an investment in the SONY A100 worth your while.
Most of the Minolta or third-party Minolta-mount glass produced from 1985 till today will work on the A100.
I'm trying out this option now...
Tonight I ordered the 1:1 Haoda MD>AF adaptor for my KM 7D. The other day I discovered a pair of interesting old Minolta MC lenses in the "valuables" case at a local thrift store. They turned out to be a 200 f3.5 and a 28mm f2.0, both in mint condition. I paid my $25 and brought them home to do a little research. The 28/2.0 turns out to a rare bird, with no user reviews or photodo ratings, just a good reputation. I look forward to testing them against my Maxxum lenses, and I'll report my results.
First impressions are good. These lenses are solid chunks of brass, as tight and smooth as my old Contax/Zeiss lenses.
If the optical benefits don't exceed the practical hassles, I'll take my profits towards that upcoming Sony/Zeiss zoom. But I don't mind manual focus in many situations, and metering doesn't concern me at all. How often do we take photos in such fast-changing light that it's impossible to check a test exposure? I think light metering is a legacy of film photography that is far less vital on digital...
re: minolta lens adapter for Sony
I found the Haoda Fu site and the $124 adapter (on sale), but I've also found general MD/MC adaptors for a 1/3 the cost. Not sure which way to go.
But, looking at my old lens, there is a "stem"? sticking out of the mount lip - which I don't see a way for the adaptors to accomidate. I'm a little concerned that these adapters may not be the correct ones.
I have jpeg photo's of my lens but they are to large to attach to this board 500kb and I'm at work with no software to reduce them. I'll post tonight.
thanks for any insight