I recently bought a Minolta xg-7 camera at a thrift store. The store only had the body available but it was so cheap that I thought I could by a lens separately. I have found a few MD mount lenses that would work but I am wondering if other lenses would work. Is there a converter I can purchase to use modern lenses?

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    \$\begingroup\$ Possible duplicate of Can I use lens brand X on interchangeable lens camera brand Y? \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Commented Mar 13, 2019 at 19:58
  • \$\begingroup\$ Please read the linked question above. To sum it up, while adapters to various lenses do exist, there are significant drawbacks in using them and for most people, not worth it. Personally, I'd stick to eBay/craigslist/local photo store for lenses designed to be used with that camera. \$\endgroup\$
    – OnBreak.
    Commented Mar 13, 2019 at 20:00

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I've encountered adapters that allow lenses with M42, T2, TX, and Adaptall mounts to be used on Minolta cameras with SR/MC/MD mounts. You can adapt some other mounts, such as DKL, via M42.

The reason for so few adapters isn't technical, but limited market potential. No new cameras with SR-based mounts are being produced. Also, it usually makes more sense to adapt MD lenses to other systems than to adapt other lenses to MD.

  • Most third-party lenses of the time are available for MD mount.
  • Minolta lenses are very good. There aren't significantly better system lenses that would be worth adapting for much better prices.

    Consider this YouTube video: Cheap vs Steep Lens Comparison: $50 Minolta or $950 Zeiss Loxia – The difference is marginal.


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