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?
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.