Minolta lenses

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foggy
foggy Regular Member • Posts: 364
Minolta lenses

Hi,

This is a dumb question from a Canon shooter I teach basic photography to people just starting out. So some are young and short on cash. I had a gentleman offer up his Minolta 7000I system including two Minolta AF lenses. Are the lenses of that time compatible with Sony mount cameras today and if so is there a loss of functions..?

My thought is if the lenses were usable the student would only have to worry about a body and memory to start out
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Foggy

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mick232 Contributing Member • Posts: 791
Re: Minolta lenses

Yes, the lenses used on Minolta AF bodies are compatible with Sony Alpha bodies (with a few exceptions like some Sigma lenses).

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JerryCurtis Veteran Member • Posts: 9,017
I even have an old Sigma (for Minolta)

24mm f/2.8 Macro, which a camera club buddy wanted to give me - but I paid him $50 for it after testing it. It sounded a bit rough on the focusing, but the glass is flawless and it works perfectly on my A350 body.
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dlkeller Veteran Member • Posts: 6,922
Re: Minolta lenses

The Sigma problem seems to apply mostly to incompatibility with the new Sony SLT models, while the OVF models haven't had a problem. The only exception to this was certain large Sigma telephotos with plastic focusing grears have had gears stripped using the higher focus speed on the A700.

Note, all this applies to Minolta Autofocus lenses. The older MD manual focus lenses are not compatible without an adapter which contains a glass element to allow focusing to infinity and degrades quality.
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cyainparadise Veteran Member • Posts: 5,577
Re: Minolta lenses

dlkeller wrote:

The Sigma problem seems to apply mostly to incompatibility with the new Sony SLT models, while the OVF models haven't had a problem. The only exception to this was certain large Sigma telephotos with plastic focusing grears have had gears stripped using the higher focus speed on the A700.

I had an early Sigma 16mm fisheye that worked on my Minolta 7000, but not my Maxxum 9. Sigma has had compatibility problems long before the Sony SLTs.

Edward Sargent
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Re: Minolta lenses
  • The older lenses will not have coatings on them that were developed for digital but I have several and have seen no issues.

  • The older lenses will not have distance integration, but that is only a problem when taking flash photos with a reflective background.

  • The older lenses will be screwdriver type focus, slower and noisier

  • Sigma lens compatibility issues are with the first generation of SLT bodies (A33, A35, A55). I have three Sigmas I use on my A77 with no issues, admittedly they are post film days lenses.

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jayceeart Junior Member • Posts: 42
Re: Minolta lenses

The 7000i was released in about 1988/89. The minolta lenses that came with them are very good qualiy. I have recently been given an a77 and all my old lens fit it as they do my 9xi etc. Everything works...auto manual etc.

Marco Cinnirella
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It's not just the SLTs that might have Sigma problems - the a700, a850 and a900 had some issues and maybe even as far back as the Konica-Minolta 7D. Sigma would re-chip lenses for free at the time but I guess not any more.

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Re: Minolta lenses

Thanks for everybody's imput..! that helps alot.

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dlkeller Veteran Member • Posts: 6,922
Re: Minolta lenses

Screw drive does ot necessarily mean slower focusing. Varies from lens to lens. In lens focusing is certainly quieter although I never minded the sound of the lens focusing it can be poor in video usage.
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