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Summary: The 18-55mm kit lens is better than many kit lenses and is worth buying. (This is based on an extensive body of information available for both lenses. See below) While many old Minolta Full Frame lenses are very good optically, and better than typical entry level A-mount Sony lenses, in this case the 18-55mm kit lens is noticeably superior ...


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Minolta, like Canon, changed their mount when they moved to AF in the 1980s. Only Minolta AF lenses can be used on Sony's Alpha mount. The field of view will be cropped due to the fact that the sensor in your camera is smaller than the imaging size of film. So a 50mm lens will have the field of view of a 75mm lens, as the crop factor is 1.5. Here's a good ...


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Consider getting a lens reversal ring. Screw it on the filter end and then you can mount the lenses on your D7000 in reverse for some macro shots!


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Yes and they should all work. All of mine certainly do. The first thing Sony did when acquiring Konica-Minolta's camera division is release DSLRs with the same mount. These were named Alpha which is the same name Minolta used in Japan, they used the Maxxum name in North America and Dynax in Europe. In other words, Sony Alpha mount IS the Minolta ...


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First of all, this leaves only .5 mm for the adapter, which isn't a lot. With a mount that's a lot smaller in diameter most of the adapter could sit inside the EF mount ring, and you could probably do it. From what I recall of the diameters, they're similar enough that this would be extremely difficult, if possible at all (and I'm leaning toward "probably ...


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Sorry, but no -- a Konica FS-1 uses a different mount than either the Minolta MC/MD or the A mount. Konica did buy out Minolta, but this was quite a while after the FS-1, FT-1, etc., had been discontinued. They also sold the Minolta camera division off to Sony quite soon after acquiring Minolta. As far as I know, there was never any work done on creating ...


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No. Do not buy an adapter. Any adapter for Minolta MD lenses to Nikon bodies will either sacrifice the ability to focus to infinity or require a (usually cheap, low quality single) lens element for infinity focus. This is a simple consequence of the Nikon lens mount sitting further away from the body than on the manual Minolta MD system. Short of ...


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That means that fake lens data is transmitted to the camera. The camera therefore records that it took a photo with a 50mm F/1.4, probably always at F/1.4 regardless of which lens you actually have mounted on the adapter. Some adapters do not send any data and show Unknown Lens instead. Now since you are asking this, I am guessing you do not look much at ...


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Sony no longer makes DSLRs but they do make cameras, which they call SLT, that directly accept A-mount lenses. Those lenses will work fully with any such camera. If you go with the full-frame SLT-A99 (high-end model), they will show exactly the same field-of-view as with a film camera. Otherwise, you can get a cropped-sensor model with a focal-length ...


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It seems I was able to locate the problem, I found an answer on Flickr. There is a mechanical problem with the camera. When taking of the objective and looking on the camera from the front, there is a ring with a small hook on it which is called the MC Coupler. When the objective is set on the camera, this hook 'tells' the setting of the aperture on the ...


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It certainly looks like you can get the adapters - a quick check on ebay revealed this one. Though I can't verify how good it is, etc...


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Donate them to your local high school. Both my kids took several semesters of photography in high school. Old school film bodies, lenses, enlargers, darkrooms, great stuff... Whenever my daughter went out shooting with me I'd make her use the Canon nifty-fifty to make her work even harder, the high school kids today are the photographers or tomorrow, help ...


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One place I would suggest looking is KEH, an online used gear dealer. A search for MD fisheye on their site currently (as I write this post) yields nothing in the price range you're looking for, but they do seem to have 4 16mm/2.8 lenses in stock, at higher prices. Another option would be to go and check thrift stores or street/flea markets in your area... ...


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There is no such things as "should" here. "Should" indicates you feel that you're the one who should determined the business policy and pricing of the companies involved rather than the companies themselves doing so. If you feel there's no additional value in the Japanese built camera, go ahead and buy the cheaper Chinese model. Enough people (including the ...


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I hardly believe that this camera is still in production, so the "new" camera is probably a new old stock one. Hence I wouldn't consider this $99 as the list price. If the sellers can convince the buyers that the Japanese one is better than the Chinese (it's not really important if it's true or not) then the price of the Japanese will be higher. If they ...


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You should consider buying an adapter that makes it possible to use the Minolta lenses on your Nikon. Many old Minolta lenses are of good quality (I have owned some of them). You will have to set the focus and aperture manually. Lens mount adapter Maybe you do not get the best optical quality, but if you are looking for creative ways to use your lens this ...


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No adapters on DSLR bodies support autofocus. On mirrorless bodies, there is an autofocus adapter for Sony/Minolta AF lenses on Sony NEX cameras. Nikon F-mount in general is notorious for not being able to adapt any other 35mm lenses, and retain infinity focus.


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Okay, after some digging, I found a Flickr discussion that partially answers my question: http://www.flickr.com/groups/nikon_d300_users/discuss/72157624796707182/ Someone claims that a ~50mm M42 wearing a thin glassless Nikon adapter can have a max focusing distance of 2.5m. The question of what can be achieved via more invasive modification, such as ...


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No. The six SLR mounts that you can easily adapt to Canon EOS with simple ring adapters are Leica-R, Nikon F, Contax/Yashica, Pentax K, M42, and Olympus OM. But Minolta AF lenses work just fine on Sony Alpha (A-mount) dSLRs and dSLTs without any adapters. And you can, of course, adapt these to mount on the Sony E-mount (NEX). But not for Canon EOS. When ...


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There is different way to adapt lenses designed for one brand to fit another brand of DSLR. If the flange focal distance of the lens brand is bigger than the one of the body, you can use a lens-less adapter ring (as an example Contax C/Y mount lenses on Canon) Doing the same with shorter flange distance (as exemple Contax C/Y mount lenses on Nikon) has ...


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If you don't think you'll go wider than the full-frame equivalent of 42mm, save the $100. I'd say you've got two things to consider: Field of view Size and weight First, field of view: The sensor on an a57 is an APS-C size, which is smaller than the full 135 format frame that your Maxxum 5 would have used. So your lenses on the a57 will be effectively ...


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One way to potentially achieve infinity focus is to use a teleconverter. You'll have at least a 1.4x magnification factor, but this isn't any worse than using your lenses on a DX body. By the time you mount the TC and an adapter, not sure you'll be able to focus at infinity, but I imagine it would be possible. One interesting possibility: Nikon made a ...


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In such case you should take 2 thinks under consideration: labor cost (which is higher in Japan than in China) quality and workmanship and components used in manufacturing Since workmanship may not count so much, so components used in process may. In simple words it may be any issue that Chinese manufacturer used lower quality (=cheaper) components, ...


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As long as the lenses are real Minoltas, you should be fine. Oh, unless you have a 200 f/2.8, a 100 f/2 or the 3x-1x Macro zoom. If you have any of these, don't even try to mount them to the camera -- just send them to me, because they really, really won't work! Honest! Just send them to me. Really! :-)


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On thing is crop factor. This is not really a problem. One gets just more zoom and less wideangel. The real problem is flare from the sensor. Lenses made for digital SLRs have a coating that reduces flare; the older film-lenses do not have this - it was not needed when using film. But the lens can/will work and most likely take good images. Regards ...


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I had this camera. It has this trouble with the mirror, once in a while it stucks at the top. What I did was manually moving it down and then it clicks and stays there. Note, however, that this is a useless item. Wasn't good at the time, now worth nothing, not even a collector's item.



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