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Old Jun 26, 2016, 1:21 PM   #1
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Default Minolta Lenses on Digital Bodies

Hello, I've had a life long love for taking pics and pic composition.
Now that prices are affordable for me to re-enter this wonderful
hobby...I am looking to find which digital camera body that will
allow me to use all those Minolta lenses that I have.
The camera and lenses which I currently have,
are the X-700 series Minolta.
Please advise me on which camera body, and adapter that will
enable to use my current equipment. Will the GH2 body work?
And which adapter would I need to match up to use my lenses?
Thank You to all who would be gracious to help me. So I can
resume this wonderful medium.
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Old Jun 26, 2016, 6:45 PM   #2
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G'day mate

Firstly - welcome to Steve's ... you'll find an enthusiastic mob of 'clickers' here, and many bits of information at your fingertips

As I understand it, Sony dSLR cameras use the Minolta lens mount

The big "but" is that while film camera lenses will bolt onto the camera body, not only has the electronic side of photography has moved on dramatically, but the optical designs of the newer lenses can surpass the older film camera lenses

You also mention a GH2. Yes the Panasonic / Olympus bodies can use old film camera lenses via adapters - and I / some of us here do that stuff also. However once one has become used to the wonders of today's electronics and newer lenses, the use of film camera lenses in 100% manual mode seems to lose a bit of its shine

A 3rd option for you - if you do not know about it - is to consider the so-called superzoom or bridge cameras. I personally do not like the term 'bridge' as it does not refer to the camera's capabilities at all

Something like the Panny FZ1000 - in film camera terms comes with its own 28 - 400mm lens, full motor drive continuous shooting, movie mode operation if desired and a whole suite of features unheard of 10 - 20 years ago. This camera in entirety costs about the same as a Sony dSLR body, and with it, you've got everything at your fingertips

So, keep asking Qs here & elsewhere ... I am sure that Sony camera users here will offer you heaps of advice on lenses etc

Hope this helps
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Old Jul 1, 2016, 8:18 AM   #3
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Howdy Phil -
Thank You for your kind and thoughtful reply.
It wouldn't surprise me that some features would
be lost when merging film lenses with newer tech.
But I've so many lenses that it would be a waste
not to be able to use them...Hence, just as the digital
scene was coming in, that's when I bought up all that
great priced Minolta equipment. Since I was always a
big fan of their equipment due to their versatility.
I don't mind manual, for it seems that it would keep
the operator in the "loop" so to speak...
So you're suggesting the Panasonic FZ1000 body ?
And would it still allow me to use all or most of my
Minolta lens ? If so that would be fantastic !
Looking forward to your reply, and I really appreciate
you taking the time to help me....It seems like I am
starting all over with this wonderful medium. For it's
been awhile since I could have fun with it, due to the
expense of film developing...I do see the values of digital.
With the ability to instantly see the results. As well as the
huge volume of pics as opposed to the limits of spools
of film. And then there's the storage and shelf life to boot.
When I purchased all that Minolta equipment, I completed
a basic 35 mm photography pro media course. Just so I
could learn more and get better using the equipment.
It will be wonderful to get back behind the lens again
once I get a good digital body for my lenses.
Thank You Again
Your friend in S.C. / U.S.A.
Shilo
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Old Jul 1, 2016, 7:02 PM   #4
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G'day mate

Three thoughts -
1) find someone in your area [camera club maybe] who has a Sony dSLR and spend some time with them. Try your film camera lenses on the Sony camera body and see how it all works [also- try a 2nd-hand body from a shop]

2) -IF- you go for something like the Panasonic FZ1000, none of the Minolta lenses will attach to the FZ1000.

3) However, -if- you insist on using the Minolta lenses in manual mode, you might investigate either an Olympus or Panasonic SLR cameras, where via an adapter, your minolta lenses can be used

I do not recommend #3 ... it would be far easier to go for #1 .. a Sony body

Hope this helps
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Old Jul 2, 2016, 6:24 PM   #5
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I've had a Panasonic G1 that has had nothing but adapted Pentax K-mounts on it for the past 6 years.

If you can overlook the effect of the 2x crop factor that makes it seem like a 28mm is 56mm or 50mm is 100mm, it's nearly identical to using the ME Super film body.

I've replaced the 28mm with a 25mm AF lens, but I still like using the old manual lens better.

All the digital features and functions work the same as they would in Aperture or Manual modes. You just can't use all the Auto modes.
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