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Old 16-03-2014, 02:02   #1 (permalink)
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Minolta to Nikon

using a Nikon D40 and would like to know if the Minolta lenses with adapter are satisfactory together. There are many available here at attractive prices and hope they will function together. Advise needed, thanks.
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Old 16-03-2014, 11:16   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Minolta to Nikon

I think you are referring to adapters for Nikon lenses mounted onto Minolta or Sony bodies. (In some respects this is a pity because I've always considered Minolta lenses to nicely built).

Mounting a Minolta lens on a Nikon body will not work. The Minolta bodies were thinner than Nikons, which means that you will not get the full focus movement. Having just tried a Minolta 135mm lens from my OH's camera, I can see that the furthest focus point is only 12 feet away, so there is no way you can focus to infinity. It will be worse with any mount as that will take up space, pushing the lens further away from the camera and bringing the focus point even loser.

Other issues would be no automatic aperture control - the aperture control lever is on the opposite side of the mount to Nikon. The aperture ring operates in the opposite direction so if any of the above could work you would be limited to manual exposure - using a separate exposure meter or stopping down to check the reading. So sadly it's a definite "not suitable" for the for any Nikon (D)SLR. It might be possible with the Nikon 1 system but the cost of that would defeat any low budget based lens deals.
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Re: Minolta to Nikon

Thanks, do you know of any other lenses that might work with the Nikon. There seems to be an abundance of film camera lenses lately and your info was very useful.
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Thanks, do you know of any other lenses that might work with the Nikon. There seems to be an abundance of film camera lenses lately and your info was very useful.
How about Nikon lenses?

I think that the Ai onwards should work OK and maybe earlier ones too with no auto functions. As long as they have the F mount they should fit OK. Grease Spot might be able to confirm.
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Re: Minolta to Nikon

Further to Dabhand's post, yes the Ai (Auto indexing introduced in 1977) lenses will fit, but anything made before then will need to have been converted to Ai. Normally a lens will be advertised as Ai converted if this is the case.

Nikon lenses are sought after by the film industry and generally most other cameras will take Nikon lenses with an adapter, as most other camera bodies are not as thick as those of Nikon. So mounting other camera lenses on Nikon is not normally possible. You are left with finding either 2nd hand Tamron, Sigma, Tokina or other 3rd party lenses. Several years ago the 3rd party lens makers often made the lens with adapters - you bought one lens and an adapter for each camera mount. Since the digital age this has become very difficult because of the differences in internal electronics or mechanics, and lenses are built to a camera mount standard, be that Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Sony ... whoever.

I'm sure if you do some shrewd hunting on eBay you will find something from Nikon. Generally manual lenses will be quite cheap, and yet give exceptional image quality for the money. As long as you are happy to have to do everything - focus and exposure then you will be OK. Do you have a specific lens or focal range in mind?
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Several years ago the 3rd party lens makers often made the lens with adapters - you bought one lens and an adapter for each camera mount.
I hasd a couple of Tamron Adaptall lenses with Pentax and Olympus mounts for my Pentax SV and Olympus OM2SP. A 24-70 and 70 -210 covered pretty much all of what I wanted to do. Much the same as now........
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This is an interesting and fun little hobby to do. The Nikon match ups are among more desired ones for people like me. I use a canon and learned so much about film and sensor plane distance. I have two nikon lenses that work very well but at the tippy end of infinity I feel I lose focus. This must be that I use cheaper adapters, they make some very costly ones that I feel would focus to infinity. I now look for enlarger lenses that meet requirements of UV light. These are worse or better as they have standard s crew type 42 or 39 thread mounts. I spent about 5 months locked into search mode keeping notes whittled down to manual lenses only as they are the easiest to adapt. Don't know if this helps at all, the last enlarger I found I was able to glue onto a macro tube with a working distance of 8 inches right at the moment. Nikon lenses or very good and there are some other names that pentax used to make for nikor that went on minolta. I would strongly recommend that you ask grease spot about other makes, but they are out there but mostly all manual. M42 and M39 mounts are the easiest to change over but you might give up some distance. I should add that the only reason I put my self into this hunt for lenses is that the coatings on some or better for letting more light thru, my 40mm Yashica lets all light thru. And works well with a black light flash mounted on the top. This is the first time I have had good results with out paying 5000 dollars for a quarts lense. Sorry if I bored you, this is all very interesting to me, like doing puzzles.

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Re: Minolta to Nikon

It is true that there are several lenses from enlargers that might fit the bill especially if you have small threaded mounts that will fit inside the throat of the lens mount. Pentax mount (42mm screw) have a push-pin to operate the aperture. If you want to install another mount on a lens you will need a clean workshop. I suspected that Boofers has a really nice set up at home with all the correct gear for working on lenses.

Unless you are prepared to invest a considerable amount of time in searching for a lens and then converting it, or shifting the barrel in which the optics are mounted (not suitable for zooms or lenses with a separate rear focussing element) to bring it closer to the focal plane in order to focus on infinity, it would be best to stick to lenses that are purpose made with a Nikon mount.

Finally the very important issue of cleanliness with a DSLR. Many older lenses will have collected a life time of dust which they will happily deposit on your sensor, giving you the opportunity to become extremely proficient at sensor cleaning. I have several lenses that are more than 30 years old (2 more than 40years). I have had them from new and they have been well cared for without any signs of dust or grease in them - always immediately capped when not in use. You will not always be able to guarantee this from other users, and eBay is rife with resellers.
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