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A friend came to see me today to say his father had a Minolta Film SLR and lenses but would like to purchase a DSLR. He wanted to know if he would be able to use these lenses if he did so. I did not know the answer but am hoping someone here will be able to help. I have one of the lenses in front of me and it's a AF Zoom 75mm - 300mm1:45(32) - 5.6 (55mm). Thanks in advance Jane
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I use my lenses from my film Minolta SLR on my DSLR Minolta with no problem.
You can't buy Minolta DLSR's anymore but I believe the Sony DSLR's take the Minolta lenses just fine, even the film ones.
Thank you I will pass that on Jane
Yes, you definately can use old Minolta glass on Konica Minolta & Sony DSLR's. I have used a range of Minolta AF lenses on both my Konica Minolta Dynax 7D and my Sony Alpha 700 without any problems. The only issue is that some older lenses (from the 80's) may be prone chromatic aberations.
There's lots of information about using Minolta lenses on DSLRs on www.dyxum.com
Thanks for your time Peter Jane
Jane it depends on the mount. If it's the Dynax AF mount it will, as has been suggested, be fine. If it's the earlier MD mount an adaptor will be needed
A good point made by pete.
And if it is the earlier MD mount even 4/3would be just as good
Much appreciated everyone Jane
There are two Minolta lens mounts, one for AF (autofocus lenses) and one for MD (manual focus lenses). Minolta sold it's photo business to Song, who has continued to use to AF mount. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Konica_Minolta
Hi Jane, yes Minolta D lenses work on the new Sony Alphas ok but the focal length is not the same. Don't forget Sigma lenses for Minolta D AF are just as good. The 75-300mm lens you spoke of will become 200mm-450mm approx on the Sony body
I know I'm late but that's just me as per usual.
Your photographs are stunning by the way
Thanks for your help Peter, the friend in question is now the proud owner of a new DSLR thanks again
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