Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

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opticsguy Regular Member • Posts: 267
Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

Here is an adaptor for using Minolta lenses on Olympus digcams found on Ebay.

So, anyone tried these out? I have a wonderful set of lenses from Minolta just dieing to be used. Your comments please!!

http://cgi.ebay.com/Minolta-MD-MC-lens-adapter-for-Olympus-E-510-E-3-E-410_W0QQitemZ140253225582QQihZ004QQcategoryZ30059QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

knoblock Senior Member • Posts: 2,531
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

Yes, I have an adapter. My Minolta lenses are Rokkor 50mm f/1.4 50mm f/1.8 58mm f/1.4 200mm f/4.5 45mm f/2.0 and I mount them to the E-510.

My favorites are the 45mm and 58mm, the former is very close to being a pancake lens, very small and light. I have a picture of it mounted on flickr. The 58mm is challenging, but an excellent lens.

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opticsguy OP Regular Member • Posts: 267
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

Steve,

I have several Rokkor lenses and suddenly found the adaptor which makes all those old Rokkors useable again. I have a the 400mm apo along with a few others. Looks like a 510 might be in my future.

Where did you purchase yours?

Thanks again!!!

AnandaSim Forum Pro • Posts: 13,422
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

That RJ is a good guy so far by me. I bought 2 of those adaptors from him. The later one even has wording on the barrel.

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gwillys Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

RJ sent me his new md/mc adapter with fc chip (programable) that was delivered yesterday. looks to be finished better than the original, and the chip is a new version. i havent tried it yet & i dont have a IS camera, but i'll post some results later. i dont think the fc chip functions on a e1, so i'll probably use a e500. its great that he can offer these adapters at such a reasonable price.

he emailed me a couple docs of the programing instructions. if anyone wants to look them over: http://rapidshare.com/files/131649097/docs.zip.html

gwillys Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

...prior to RJ developing his adapter, the only minolta-4/3 adapter was Gandys @ $175 + shipping.

just be sure to check that the aperture lever wont contact anything in the mirror box. some lenses need to have the lever trimmed. & be sure to back out the hex screw before mounting and then dont overtighten it.

i use rokkor primes from 21 to 300mm and a couple 35-70 zooms. i luv em.

VGR Regular Member • Posts: 157
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410
gwillys Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

VGR, correct me if im wrong, but your one size fits all adapter wont allow focus to infinity.

RJ's dedicated adapter does, and to my surprise, works on a e1, so its compatable with all 4/3 cameras. very nice quality, works great & programable for IS cameras.

http://cgi.ebay.com/AF-confirm-MD-adapter-for-Olympus-E-510-E-3-E-410-E-420_W0QQitemZ140252607152QQihZ004QQcategoryZ30059QQcmdZViewItem

gwillys Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

heres from RJ's adapter using the fc indicator. she was a model...70 some odd years ago.
e1/rokkor 58 1.2 @ 1.2

knoblock Senior Member • Posts: 2,531
Re: Minolta MD MC lens adapter for Olympus E-510 E-3 E-410

I got mine from RJ and it works fine.

One tip: Be sure to use the hex wrench to lock down the set screw (it applies pressure to the plate inside the adapter) any lenses that focus stiffly or are very massive (like the 200mm), since focusing can wrench enough to cause a sudden dismount. One of my normal lenses has a stiff focus ring and the 200mm is massive enough that it can wrench itself off the adapter in a few turns. I've had both dismount in my hand when I forgot to lock the adapter to the lens. The 45mm is so light and the focus ring turns freely enough locking it down is not needed.

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Robert Schroeder
Robert Schroeder Senior Member • Posts: 1,482
The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it

I have the cameraquest.com adapter, and I'll probably get one or two Chinese ones some day as well.

Don't expect too much, though–if you're expecting image quality, most of the old Minolta lenses are mediocre at best when attached to a Four Thirds DSLR. Then again, extraordinary lenses like the 400 Apo you mentioned might perform very well. Beside two or three non-Minolta made lenses, so far I've tried MC 2,8/24, MC 2/28, MD 2,8/28, MD 1,7/50, MD 1,4/50, MD Macro 3,5/50, MD Macro 4/100, MC 2,8/135, MD 4,5/75-200. Out of them, the only two lenses on par with the Zuiko Digital "HQ" range are the two macro lenses. Not quite as good wide open, but still rather good is the 2,8/24 and maybe the 2/28. The other lenses need stopping down at least two stops to get sharp, contrasty results.

And you won't get user friendliness. You have to fasten the lens with an allen screw, it does not catch in the bayonet. There's no automatic diaphragm, you're viewing through the stopped-down lens. For every shot you will want to adjust focus wide open, then manually step down to the wanted aperture, then shoot. Snapshots are quite impossible with manual lenses.

And exact manual focus is only possible on the E-3's focusing screen, the other screens are virtually unusable for MF (unless you don't exchange them for third-party made focus-assist screens). The only usable MF option for an E-510 or E-410 would be by Live View.

One good thing: with the E-3 and E-510, you'll be able to use IS with the old lenses.

Cheers,
Robert

gwillys Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it

awww, it aint all that bad.

rokkor 35mm 1.8

rokkor 300mm

rokkor 200mm f4

rokkor 50mm 1.2

rokkor 21mm

rokkor 58mm 1.4

opticsguy OP Regular Member • Posts: 267
Re: The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it

Foreveryday shooting i would use Zuiko lenses. Does not make any sense to make photography more difficult. The adaptor allows me to use the 400 apo for special events such as total solar eclipses, birds, etc.

Seems like there are a variety of adpators including a $170 version?? so which one should i purchase?

gwillys Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it
Robert Schroeder
Robert Schroeder Senior Member • Posts: 1,482
Re: The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it

Doesn't the "AF confirm" adapter interfere with IS?

Robert Schroeder
Robert Schroeder Senior Member • Posts: 1,482
Re: The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it

I remember having seen results from your 1,8/35 earlier, 100% crops of which looked very good as well. It's on my wish list since then.

gwillys Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it

Doesn't the "AF confirm" adapter interfere with IS?

yes, but the fc chip is programable for focal length/aperture. once programed, IS will function. get the instructions from my post above.

gwillys Senior Member • Posts: 1,502
Re: The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it

if you dont want to mess with setting chip parameters, get RJ's regular adapter. no fc, but IS will work as normal with manual lenses.

knoblock Senior Member • Posts: 2,531
Some lenses rival the ZD

I did a test of the Rokkor 45mm f/2 and the 40 to 150mm ZD kit lens. The former had better edge sharpness than the latter at about the same focal length. I will not say it is better overall, but the fixed focal lengths can give the kit zooms a run for their money.

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Robert Schroeder
Robert Schroeder Senior Member • Posts: 1,482
Re: The Apo 400 is probably a good reason to try it

Thanks! I guess this subthread now constitutes a comprehensive summary of everything which is to say about the different Minolta/FT adapters, and in remarkably few words at that

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