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    Minolta Lens mount Compatibility

    Hi,

    Recently I came into possession of a Minolta XG1 with various lenses (as you might have guessed I found it looking though some old boxes stored away ages ago).
    The camera itself does not work, but the lenses are in working order. (from what I can tell)

    So, my question is, can the Minolta (and 1 Vivitar) lenses be used with other cameras of the same generation, ie an olympus or nikon etc.
    If so which ones and if not (which seems to be the general consensus on the internet) which Minolta cameras use the lens mounts of these lenses.

    The lenses are:
    MD Tele Rokkor 135mm 1:2.8
    MD Rokkor X 50mm 1:1.7
    Vivitar 28mm 1:2 MC Wide Angle

    Thanks guys

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    Those lenses can be used with the Minolta manual focus mount.

    If you want them to be used on non-Minolta camera bodies, you need to have a camera body with a shorter flange distance (from the film plane to the mount itself). This is known as the flange focal distance. If the register is longer, the lens usually cannot focus to infinity. Here are references:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flange_focal_distance

    http://www.graphics.cornell.edu/~wes...-register.html

    You also need an adapter. The problem is most older cameras cannot support the auto meter readings of adapter systems. In theory there were adapters made to correct for infinity focus, but they used an optic to do so, often of not very good quality. Many mounts have few adapters available due to market size or technical issues.

    You are simply best off acquiring a Minolta mount film camera.

    For a digital camera, there are many adapters out there as well.

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    These lens do not work on Canon, Nikon, etc unless you do extensive modifications to the mount which prevents them from being used on the Minolta cameras. However with the adapter usually found on eBay they will work on some micro-4/3 bodies such as the NEX, Panasonic G-1. I also use my Minolta lens via adapter on my E620 and E-300 Olympus digital cameras. These setups will focus to infinity..
    Leicarfcam aka Colyn

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    Thats what I figured, just up until which model can I go...or which model would you recommend?

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    Good morning, Nikolaa;

    For your Minolta XG-1, there are a couple of things you can do. If you have a local camera technician, I would take it to him first. Most often with a camera that has been just sitting for many years, just cleaning out the old lubricants and putting new more modern formulation lubricants in, plus replacing the foam seals and the foam mirror bumpers will restore the camera to full functionality. Oh, you might also look inside the battery compartment to confirm that an old battery has not been sitting in there oozing out onto the camera and wiring. If that has happened, there will be some additional work to be done to restore the light meter to operation along with the shutter in the "X Series" of Minolta cameras. There really is a reason why they suggest taking the batteries out if you are going to put a camera or other device away for a long while.

    Another possibility that many of the people have reported fairly good results is Garry Airapetov and his Garry's Camera Repair in Niles, Illinois ( www.garryscamera.com ). Garry has probably the most attractive prices for Minolta camera repair.

    And, as others have said, there is really no good way to rebuild a lens made by one camera manufacturer to work on another camera body. The physical characteristics make this a real challenge. There are some where a simple lens flange adapter will work, but, as others have said, you need to have the right combination of lens registration distance and a few other things to make this work. Most of the time you will lose the lens automation. Sorry.
    Enjoy;

    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington

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    just tell them; "I use activated silver bromide crystals tor my image storage media."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikolaa View Post
    Thats what I figured, just up until which model can I go...or which model would you recommend?
    I like the srT's and XE-7. The XD-11 is also a good choice but requires the MD lens version which your 50mm and 135mm are in order to use program mode..
    Leicarfcam aka Colyn

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    So many high quality but cheap older Minolta bodies you should snag one off eBay. We're taking $20-80 for some. I have a fully manual SR-1 that I inherited from my great uncle. Just shot a roll thru it today. Such a great camera from the 60's with a wonderfully satisfying shutter feel and sound plus the advance/shutter button very much resembles early Leicas. I also have an X-370 that was in the same inherited camera bag. Nice AP style body. That 135/2.8 lens is a good one.

    Some great info on the older Minolta bodies here:

    http://www.rokkorfiles.com/Cameras.html

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    Good morning, Colyn and Nikolaa;

    As a point of information, the only model of Minolta Manually Focusing 35mm Film SLR Camera that "requires" the Minolta ROKKOR Lens "MD" Tab on the Minolta SR Lens Mount, is the Minolta X-700 when it is operated in the "P" or Program Mode, but the MD Tab is necessary only for that mode. However, there are many other ROKKOR lenses where you can work around that requirement to a great degree even in the X-700 "P" Mode. All of the Minolta SLR cameras can use just about any of the Minolta SR Mount lenses made from 1958 through about 2003 when the X-700 was finally discontinued. There are a few lenses where there are some obvious physical interference problems with a few models in the Minolta SR Series of SLR Cameras. The usable lenses can be the original AUTO ROKKOR lenses and the lenses with the MC Tab on the ROKKOR lenses for the Minolta "Meter Coupled" TTL Light Metering System introduced on the Minolta SR-T 101 following the Minolta SR-7v. To be quite honest, the "MD" Series of Minolta ROKKOR lenses was more of a marketing campaign than anything else for people who did not have an X-700 with the "P" mode. Yes, there were continued improvements in the lens element surface coatings, and they did make a lot of the lenses lighter in weight for carrying, but there was no significant difference in operation, other than for use with the X-700 in "P" mode, and the main change in the lens was with the addition of the "MD" Tab for indicating the Minimum Lens Aperture, and the use of lighter weight and "balanced" (equal weight) leaves in the lens diaphragm assembly for faster operation in the "Final Check" Light Metering of the Minolta X-700. All of that effort in making the lenses lighter in weight was more of a development and testing program for the materials to be used with the coming Auto Focusing Lenses where the lighter weight parts were necessary with the power available from the batteries used in the AF cameras for quickly getting the lens elements into position for the best point of focus.
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    Enjoy;

    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington

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    Colyn, you have made me think.

    I need to go back and look at the book for the Minolta XD-11. At this time, there only two remaining Minolta Manual Focusing 35mm Film Camera bodies I have felt a need to get, because I am asked questions about Minolta cameras often, and I think there is merit in not merely having the manual, but also in having a body in hand for a better feeling for what the camera really is, and those two remaining bodies are the XD-11 and the XK. I need to confirm that the XD-11 was not a Minolta body with an early form of a "Program" Mode. Let me find the manual in the collection. I may need to either post a retraction, or at least an amendment.

    It certainly is possible that the XD-11 had a "P" Mode, if the Minolta Hi-Matic 9 had its "Automatic" mode.
    Enjoy;

    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington

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    just tell them; "I use activated silver bromide crystals tor my image storage media."

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    Did you try a new battery?
    If the old one's weak or dead, the camera is too.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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