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saxtim Aug 27, 2004 6:04 AM

I'm thinking quite seriously about purchasing a canon 300d camera. I'm only just getting into photography, but myfather has several lens that he doesn't use very often that I could borrow. Problem is that they are either Konica/Minolta or (20+ year old) screw in Pentax types. Does anyone make any sort of lens adapters that would allow me to use these lenses on a canon, or I'm i stuck with having to get new lenses? (I see that Konica/Minolta does not currently make a DSLR at the moment)


ferny Aug 27, 2004 9:47 AM

Hi, welcome to the forum.

I don't think you're going to be able to find an adaptor. Each manufacturer builds their lenses and cameras in the way they deem best. So electronic and mechanical connections are different shapes, sizes and in different places. The hole that they fit into on the camera can be a different size to. Because of this it can be hard to make an adaptor and even if you can make one you may lose some features on the lens and camera. You can even lose infinity focus.
You may be able to make yourself one if you're handy with some tools. You'd need an old broken camera to cannibalise its lens mount and a broken Canon lens that fits your camera for its lens mount. Then somehow fix the two together. You'd still lose things like auto-focus. But with an old lens that wouldn't mater, right? :lol:

The Canon DSL's uses the same fitting as its film SLR's I think so there may be adaptors out there. I'd consider putting money on the table and say that there might in all probability possible be (:lol:) an adaptor that allows you to fit screw lenses onto the Canon camera. If it isn't in production now, then it would have been a few years ago when auto-focus came out, to allow people to use their old lenses. Keep an eye out on eBay for such a thing.

If you live in the UK you could try who make adaptors and such things. They're a good company. Here's a link to a page in there catalogue (which you can download) where there is a Canon adaptor. They can make things to order to.

Chako Aug 27, 2004 1:43 PM

Yes, there are such things out there...but you have to keep in mind, that any benefits of doing this, is far out weighted by not having the electronics work. In other words, manual focus, manual metering, etc....

I think this is what your looking for.

Likewise, the famous M42 that you may come across is the Pentax screw mount. There is an adapter that you can buy that will allow you to attach a Pentax M42 to a Kmountcamera, but this won't help you for an EOS camera.

Be sure to read the FAQ and other info from the above link...interesting stuff.

Also be aware that the diaphragm coupling armon Pentax K mount lenses may be too long to properly fitontoyour EOS camera, regardless of the mount first mentioned. It mayget in the way of the mirror action.

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