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Old Sep 30, 2011, 5:31 PM   #1
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I have a Sony a580 and was given a Minolta MD Macro 50mm lens which does not fit my camera. Does anyone know if I can get an adapter for this? Thanks
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Old Sep 30, 2011, 5:56 PM   #2
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GadgetInfinity.com has them with and without focus confirmation. Either way, it will be manual focus and manual exposure. (The focus confirmation will light up the LEDs in the viewfinder when the AF system likes the focus.)
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Thanks so much TCav! Would this be what I am looking for?
http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/minolt...f-confirm.html
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That would be the one you are looking for. You could not find a macro lens for that price but the standard 50mm f/1.7 AF lens could be bought second hand for the price of the adapter.

I asked the same question when I first got here to Steve's and TCav gave me the same link he gave you. I bought the adapter and it does work as advertised but the focusing can be a bit of an art with no focusing aids such as a focus screen. The af light will come on to indicate the camera is happy but it is an on or off sort of deal.

There are members here who are quite good at manual focus. (sadly I am not one of them)

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Thanks so much Steve.
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The focusing screen on manual focus film SLRs have appropriate tools for manual focus. Unfortunately, those same tools are not included on autofocus SLRs and dSLRs, so manual focusing is not easy. That's why the focus confirmation is so useful.
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