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Old May 18, 2008, 1:10 PM   #1
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I'm not a Minolta user, but while looking through craigslist, I found a Minolta 3000i, AF50, AF70-210, minolta lenses, and wondered if they would work on the current digital KM or Sony bodies. BTW, I have a nikon, so I am posting in this forum for the first time. Anyway, I can purchase all this for $125. Aren't the lenses worth more than that alone? Thanks, Robert
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Yes, lenses that work on the Maxxum (a.k.a., Dynax) 3000i will also work on a KM or Sony dSLR model.

The value of the 70-210mm would depend on which one. The Beercan (70-210mm f/4) is the most desirable. The lenses 70-210mm lenses that are down to f/5.6 on their long end (70-210mm f/4.5.-5.6) are not worth much and are best avoided on a dSLR for good quality.

The 50mm is probably a 50mm f/1.4 or f/1.7 (unless it's a 50mm f/2.8 Macro). These are all good (any even the cheaper f/1.7 is probably worth close to what the package price is if it's in great shape).

To get a better feel for what a vendor is selling these types of lenses for, go to http://www.keh.com and look at the Camera Store under 35mm (not digital), Minolta Autofocus and you'll see choices for zoom lenses, etc. They usually have these lenses in stock.


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Thanks JimC, for your rapid response. I will check to see which lenses these are. I have been toying with the idea of "upgrading to a Sony camera, since I don't have much of an investment in Nikon, except for my SB600 flash unit. If these lenses are the "real deal" I might be pursuaded to jump ship and go to Sony. Thanks again. Robert
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JimC, I just checked at KEH, and found they did not have a beercan listed, but the variable aperture models all sold for $50+-. The 50mm, though, went for 200+ for all but one which was not fast at all, f3.5 I think. Decisions...
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