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Old Jun 26, 2012, 7:11 AM   #1
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Default Will my lenses work for the 7D

Just curious, as I have a Minolta XE-7 with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D.

Minolta Rokkor-X 1:1.7 f =85mm lens
Tokina AT-X 35-70mm lense
Soligor f:28 f = 200mm lens
Minolta Rokkor-X 1:4.5 f = 300mm lens 72mm front objective

I realize that the Maxxum 7D is only 6.1 MP but I would still like to get good use out of what I have.

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Old Jul 29, 2012, 2:50 PM   #2
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You will need an adapter, but I doubt that any auto functions, if any, would transfer to your 7D. Only the maxxum lenses are truly compatible with the "A" mount on your DSLR.
Sony A57 with 18-55 kit lens, Sony A200 and Sony H70
50mm f3.5 Minolta Maxxum macro
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100-300mm Minolta Maxxum APO Zoom
70-300 Sony apo G SSM Zoom
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Old Jul 29, 2012, 3:34 PM   #3
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Hey Jon

You started this thread in the Konica Minolta Forum in our Point and Shoot camera section.

So, I've now moved to the forum setup for DSLR models here:

Sony Alpha dSLR / Konica Minolta dSLR, Sony SLT

Frankly, I'd invest in newer Autofocus Lens models, as the lens mount is different on the older MC/MD mount Manual Focus lens models like you have now. Minolta introduced an entirely different Autofocus lens mount (a.k.a., Maxxum, Dynax, Alpha, Minolta A mount) in 1985, which is what newer Konica Minolta and Sony DSLR models are using now.

So, you'd need to use an MC/MD lens to Minolta AF body adapter, and the adapter would require the use of optical elements to allow focus to infinity (which will degrade image quality), typically acting as a 1.3x TC at the same time in order to give you the ability to focus to infinity (since the flange distance design used by the older MC/MD mount lenses does not allow infinity focus with a Minolta AF mount camera without the use of optical elements)

But, even if you used an adapter like that, newer lenses are going to have better coatings to help reduce lens related issues like veiling flare (that "washed out" look you can get when shooting into brighter light sources), since the reflective characteristics of digital imaging sensors will usually make those types of problems much worse than you'd see using film, and newer coatings (especially coatings on the rear elements) help to reduce those types of problems.

So, you'd probably be better off investing in newer AF lenses instead, without the optical degradation you'd have trying to use an adapter with the older MC/MD mount lenses, with less in the way of flare related issues due to dated coating designs on older lens models like you have.
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