Older Minolta Lenses

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Apr 11, 2013

I want to try my older Minolta Lenses which have been sitting in the closet for many years with my new NEX 7.  These worked on the Minolta Maxxum. What sort of adaptor would be appropriate for these lenses and the NEX7.  Thanks.

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In reply to alankushnir, Apr 11, 2013

alankushnir wrote:

I want to try my older Minolta Lenses which have been sitting in the closet for many years with my new NEX 7.  These worked on the Minolta Maxxum. What sort of adaptor would be appropriate for these lenses and the NEX7.  Thanks.

Sony LA-EA1 or LA-EA2. With the LA-EA2 you'll get similar performance with these lenses to what you would get using them on a Sony SLT camera, like the A57 or A77.

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Yes but the main problem will be the lack of an image stability system as is found in Minolta & Sony DSLRs & SLTs.

This lack becomes more of an issue the longer the focal length of the lens , try putting a 500mm mirror lens on a NEX & you will see an image which dances around on the LCD or in the EVF & which can only be controlled by using a tripod. I have issues with shorter FLs as well & need good sunlight in order to have fast shutter speeds of at least 1/ 2x FL in order to control camera shake reliably.

Some will protest at these comments but I am speaking from my personal experience & would caution those contemplating this move.

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It depends on if they are manual lenses, MC or MD. If so, you can buy an adapter on ebay for almost nothing. I believe these mc/md are the very best.

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The Maxxum was autofocus so get a Minolta AF to NEX adapter like this

http://www.amazon.com/RainbowImaging-Minolta-E-Mount-NEX-VG10-aperture/dp/B004G3D61W/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1365714987&sr=8-1&keywords=minolta+AF+nex+adapter

for $20 or less.  You will have to focus and set the aperture manually but you can find out how you like the lens (which lenses do you have).  If you like the idea you can go for the LE-EA2

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Adaptor-Translucent-Mirror-Technology/dp/B005K8AUYI/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1365715180&sr=1-1&keywords=LE-EA2

for about $280.  That lenses will work as well or better (except for crop factor) than they ever did on the Maxxum.

As noted above, they will have no stabilization but then neither did the Maxxum.

PS  If by any chance they were MC or MD lenses and you were using an adapter on the Maxxum, you will need to get the MC/MD version of the NEX adapter like this

http://www.amazon.com/RainbowImaging-Minolta-NEX-3-Camera-Adapter/dp/B003XQ6FDE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1365715490&sr=1-1&keywords=MD+NEX+adapter

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John Knuhtsen wrote:

It depends on if they are manual lenses, MC or MD. If so, you can buy an adapter on ebay for almost nothing. I believe these mc/md are the very best.

The few I have and have had were all MD mount, but it did vary a bit, so do your research.

Many of us love manual focusing on the NEX platform.  Not ideal for all things and all situations, but a lot of fun.  Takes some practice, but once you get it down, you'll love it.  You start having a few issues with stabilization in the 300+ range, but under that, you can hardly tell.

DP has a pretty good lens review portion.

http://www.dpreview.com/products/lenses

A run down, particularly of Minolta lenses

http://www.paulfvs.dds.nl/lenses.html

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Keit ll wrote:

Yes but the main problem will be the lack of an image stability system as is found in Minolta & Sony DSLRs & SLTs.

This lack becomes more of an issue the longer the focal length of the lens , try putting a 500mm mirror lens on a NEX & you will see an image which dances around on the LCD or in the EVF & which can only be controlled by using a tripod. I have issues with shorter FLs as well & need good sunlight in order to have fast shutter speeds of at least 1/ 2x FL in order to control camera shake reliably.

Some will protest at these comments but I am speaking from my personal experience & would caution those contemplating this move.

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If he has had those in the closet for many years, presumably he used them with Minolta film cameras which had no stabilization.

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santiclaws wrote:

Keit ll wrote:

Yes but the main problem will be the lack of an image stability system as is found in Minolta & Sony DSLRs & SLTs.

This lack becomes more of an issue the longer the focal length of the lens , try putting a 500mm mirror lens on a NEX & you will see an image which dances around on the LCD or in the EVF & which can only be controlled by using a tripod. I have issues with shorter FLs as well & need good sunlight in order to have fast shutter speeds of at least 1/ 2x FL in order to control camera shake reliably.

Some will protest at these comments but I am speaking from my personal experience & would caution those contemplating this move.

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If he has had those in the closet for many years, presumably he used them with Minolta film cameras which had no stabilization.

I don't understand why people avoid the lack of stabilization like the plague. Yes it can be useful but unless you shoot in the dark all the time, it's not going to make your pictures any better.

And even if stabilization can keep your hands from shaking, it's not going to freeze your subject from moving.

I am also speaking from personal experience, and I was born after camera/lens stabilization was made available too.

I do agree though that using the 500mm f/8 mirror lens handheld w/out stabilization is quite tough (owned one before). ISO is at least at 1600 on an average day. But there's still plenty of light shooting with f/5.6 @ 300mm on a gloomy day without it!

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is there something wrong with dpreview's gallery btw? can't see the pics on my computer..

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John Knuhtsen wrote:

It depends on if they are manual lenses, MC or MD. If so, you can buy an adapter on ebay for almost nothing. I believe these mc/md are the very best.

The OP already said that his lenses were from a Maxxum. So they would not be MD /MC manual lenses.

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santiclaws wrote:

Keit ll wrote:

Yes but the main problem will be the lack of an image stability system as is found in Minolta & Sony DSLRs & SLTs.

This lack becomes more of an issue the longer the focal length of the lens , try putting a 500mm mirror lens on a NEX & you will see an image which dances around on the LCD or in the EVF & which can only be controlled by using a tripod. I have issues with shorter FLs as well & need good sunlight in order to have fast shutter speeds of at least 1/ 2x FL in order to control camera shake reliably.

Some will protest at these comments but I am speaking from my personal experience & would caution those contemplating this move.

Do we even know what focal lengths are involved?  Before going into too much panic, maybe the OP has a 50mm, not a 500mm.  An adapted 50/1.7 is just great on the Nex.

I protest your premature negativity, not the point about the 500mm.  I'd say even 300mm gets to be tough (although I've done it -- handheld -- and it worked).

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If he has had those in the closet for many years, presumably he used them with Minolta film cameras which had no stabilization.

I don't understand why people avoid the lack of stabilization like the plague. Yes it can be useful but unless you shoot in the dark all the time, it's not going to make your pictures any better.

Stablization helps in certain circumstances, not so much in others.  It is more useful on longer lenses, IMO.  It's also more useful on video than stills (again, IMO).

And even if stabilization can keep your hands from shaking, it's not going to freeze your subject from moving.

I appreciate the better high-ISO more with the Nex.  It can be a reasonable trade off to get more speed.

I am also speaking from personal experience, and I was born after camera/lens stabilization was made available too.

I do agree though that using the 500mm f/8 mirror lens handheld w/out stabilization is quite tough (owned one before). ISO is at least at 1600 on an average day. But there's still plenty of light shooting with f/5.6 @ 300mm on a gloomy day without it!

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In reply to Keit ll, Apr 12, 2013

Keit ll wrote:

This lack becomes more of an issue the longer the focal length of the lens , try putting a 500mm mirror lens on a NEX & you will see an image which dances around on the LCD or in the EVF & which can only be controlled by using a tripod.

...certainly tripod will help with stabilizing an image from the Minolta AF reflex 500/8, but not as much as expected = instead of handshakes and tremors we'll have to cope with vibrations (unless a tripod is hyper-sturdy). However, the 500/8 cat is perfectly hand-holdable down to 1/500 sec. Also, in a good light there seldom is any need to pump ISO above 400-800 level (and I'm talking of Nex-7 here, not exactly low noise champion ),

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In reply to GaryW, Apr 12, 2013

Do we even know what focal lengths are involved?  Before going into too much panic, maybe the OP has a 50mm, not a 500mm.  An adapted 50/1.7 is just great on the Nex.

Actually, one of the lenses I was talking about was a 50/1.7 !

Thanks for the encouragement.

Alan

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