Minolta lens to Canon EOS adapter

Discussion in 'Canon EOS' started by chris_townsend|1, May 22, 2006.

  1. I ran some searches on this subject but I'm unclear on the answer and just wanted to get some clarification... I have a 30D and have several Minolta lenses from my older system that I would like to shoot with. Is there an adapter out there that will allow Minolta lenses to mount onto the 30D? If there is one, can you point me to where I could purchase one? Thanks.
     
  2. What kind of Minolta lens ? old manual focus or new Dynax system ? For the old one you have to forget that, the focus plane of the minolta are shorter than the EOS system, you will never be able to have focus at infinity. For the new AF system, I don't know !
     
  3. 3-4 years old. Bought when I bought a maxxum 7 when I first started shooting. Just figured I try to see if I could get some benefit out of them before just trying to sell them. thx.
     
  4. No, sorry. Maxxum lenses and EOS lenses are mutually incompatible. With a 44mm register on the EOS and a 44.50mm register on the Minolta, there probably isn't room for a converter either. Maybe with advanced materials you could design a purely electronic whin ring mount converter for a couple hundred thousand bucks. Because most Minolta lenses have their AF drive in the body, it would be manual focus only as well unless you could somehow put a lens drive motor in the converter that was less than 1/2mm thick.
     
  5. I think the Minolta "flange to focal plane" distance is 43.5mm, so an optics free adapter that focuses to infinity is impossible. See http://www.bobatkins.com/photography/eosfaq/manual_focus_EOS.html As far as I know, none exist, not even "macro" adapters or adapters with optics.
     
  6. There is no Minolta AF to EOS adapter. However, I have seen 3 versions of the Minolta MD (Manual Focus) to EOS adapters in the past. All of them are rare. One Version is a Reverse T-Mount MD (accept MD lens and has a male T-mount). Another version is a MD mount (lens) to M42 (body) adapter. Both of these adapters add 8 to 10mm to the optical path so it is made for macro only. The 3rd version is extremly rare. It is a mechanical mount which adds to an MD mount to form a EOS bayonet. It retains the Rokkor lens' 43.5mm flange to film distant. It can't focus to infinity but a 50mm lens will retain useable working distant.
     
  7. In theory an adapter for using maxxum lenses on EOS is perhaps possible (without using image degrading optical elements) but nobody makes one. The problem is not so much the 0.5mm thickness the adapter would have to be , but the difficulty of the lens tabs being very close to the size of the EOS mount's minimum diameter.I did measure it once but can't remember the exact thicknesses required.
    The half a mm thickness of the main outer part is not much of an issue because this part is simply a spacer anyway.Being thin here is no real problem.
    If a maxxum to EOS adapter is indeed possible it would cost about $50 to make,not the hundreds of thousands someone said....
    If you still want to use maxxum lenses on EOS you can easily do it by simply holding it against the body,i've done this many times.
    Of course you'll need a third hand to focus... :)
     
  8. >>>>Tommy Lee , may 22, 2006; 10:54 p.m. There is no Minolta AF to EOS adapter. However, I have seen 3 versions of the Minolta MD (Manual Focus) to EOS adapters in the past. All of them are rare. One Version is a Reverse T-Mount MD (accept MD lens and has a male T-mount). Another version is a MD mount (lens) to M42 (body) adapter. Both of these adapters add 8 to 10mm to the optical path so it is made for macro only. The 3rd version is extremly rare. It is a mechanical mount which adds to an MD mount to form a EOS bayonet. It retains the Rokkor lens' 43.5mm flange to film distant. It can't focus to infinity but a 50mm lens will retain useable working distant.2.5 Macro lens that I use with my EOS system (great combo!). If you are interested in the reverse T-mount adapter, let me know. They are very rare. I will want to keep the EOS T-ring, though, for my telescope. They are easily available. Also, there has been some discussion recently on the Yahoo Groups Minolta Manual Focus or Manual Minolta Free forums (I think the latter). Someone was talking about a 0.0 mm adapter (I don't see how that is possible) and a 0.5mm adapter. Neither of these will allow focusing to infinity, but they will definitely allow focusing close to that. I could see using it with my Rokkor 35mm/1.8 and/or Viv S1 28mm/1.9 lens as a normal lens, my 58mm/1.2 as an awsome protrait lens, or with something like the Rokkor RF 800mm/8 reflex lens as a sharp, long telephoto. It will be particularly good with the f/1.2 lens because of the bokeh from that lens. Unfortunately, I cannot give you a URL for those forums because my work computer will not let me on to yahoo. (It probably shouldn't allow me onto photo.net either ;-)
     
  9. If my calculations are correct (and they should be), a 1.0 mm extension will result in max focusing distances on the following lenses: 28mm 0.812m 35mm 1.260m 58mm 3.422m 800mm 640.8m So maybe the 28 & 35 won't be useful. But a 92.8mm f/1.2 equivalent lens that focuses up to 3.4 m (11.2 feet) will make a dynamite portrait lens.
     
  10. Hello friends, I am also very interested to such topic I have got a Canon EOS 20D and would like to mount on it my Minolta MD 50mm MACRO lens, only for macro purposes, don't care to focus at infinity but only to close subjects, such lens is VERY good for macros Where can I buy one of the adapters described by Tommy and others? Thanks in advance, Aurelio
     
  11. Hi Aurelio, See the postings by David Saalsaa and myself on the Minolta Manual Free Yahoo group starting on May 27. He sells an adapter that you should check out. It will not focus to infinity, but that's not what you want. I am still undecided about it because I primarily want to use the 58mm/1.2 as a portrait lens on a Canon DSLR. The problem is the adapter how far away a subject can be focused. For your purpose, the adapter will be perfect. Alternatively, I have a rare reverse T-mount that you may be interested in. Between it and a regular T-mount for EOS, you add about 15-20mm. I do not need it anymore, so if you would like to buy it, let me know.
     
  12. Sorry, I just realized that I did not hit 'paste' to give you the URL for the Manual Minolta Free page: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ManualMinoltaFree/messages/15039?viscount=-30&l=1
     
  13. Hello everybody, I am interested in such topic and I would like to know if everybody has found a solution for the isssue. Does someone sell this ring adapter because I need it. Thank a lot to all of you! Claudio
     
  14. I was searching a lot of time for a Digital Refelex for my Minolta MD Rokkor objectives: at the end I found the Olympus E-410 with availible adapters Minolta MD on 4/3 System of Olympus, Panasonic and so one. The adapter costs about 58-80 USD and it is very fine to use my 50mm 1:1.4 Rokkor again. The Olympus E-410 is a very small nice camera and not very expensive. Presented in July 2007. Burkhard
     
  15. Hi, This might be a bit extreme, but it worked for me... I bought an old Minolta Rokkor 55mm f1.8 lens from Cash Convertors for $10. It is a nice, clean lens. I looked on eBay for an adaptor, but nothing came up that was cheap enough to consider (I just bought it for experimentation). Luckily, I had some EOS macro tubes I'd purchased on eBay (the cheap, Chinese variety) for building a DoF adapter for my video camera. Anyway, the end ring that fits onto the EOS camera, fits PERFECTLY over the Minolta lens! A quick mix of Araldite and, hey presto, a Minolta lens that now fits onto my Canon 350D AND my DoF adapter. It means that the lens will never fit onto a Minolta camera again, but since I don't have one it's of no consequence to me. Also, you lose a fair bit of back focus, but the bokeh is just incredible! I'll upload some photos under my EonPeon account.... I hope that helps.
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  16. Its a shame you can't use those damn fine Rokkor lenses on a Canon... I have a 50 f/1.2, 58 f/1.4... etc... an adapter would be perfect. I'll just have to use the old XG9. :) Regards, Andi.
     
  17. Richie huang -- on flickr -- shows photos tagged Canon 5d plus Minolta 250 RF. Anybody know what sort of mount adapter he used and or how to contact him?
     
  18. You can reach him by using the flickrmail link under his name here: http://www.cogitech.ca/Rokkor/ You might need a flickr account to see the link.
     
  19. I just got a MC Rokkor-X 100-500mm zoom. Are there any different mounting issues with this lens than what's discussed here for smaller lenses when mounting to EOS?
     
  20. I just got a MC Rokkor-X 100-500mm zoom. Are there any different mounting issues with this lens than what's discussed here for smaller lenses when mounting to EOS?
     
  21. The mount is pretty much the same, Art.
     
  22. rdm

    rdm

    Really? Im supprised no one came across this . I was so excited when I found out that you can use MD lenses on the eos with out diopter adapters and focus to infinity. Look at thses links for this camera adapter and techenical details . I just wonder if i can jam a focus comfermation chip in there somwhere.
     
  23. rdm

    rdm

    Oh an by the way Ian Nicholson, that really hurt me when i read where you wrote " The metal whatchamacallit tag on the lens gets snapped off..! " . Seriously i felt a twinge of pain hearing that. I look so hard for those old SR lenses that have the DOF preview lever (The metal whatchamacallit tag). I feel its a sin to alter those , because many of the newer minoltas dont have the DOF buttons on the body Like my x370 where it would be nice to have that lever on the lens. Why dont you get a used MC lens and 1st swap out the appature rings so the lens with the DOF lever had the appature ring with the tab for the newer cameras meter. Infact if you want, Ill trade ya :D
     
  24. Hello everybody! I need help.
    I'm starting in photography...so i don´t understand a lot of things... but i want to understand.
    I have an canon rebel xt. I also have an Minolta AF 28-80 0.38m/1.3ft Macro lens from an ond analogue camera of my brother. it's possible to use this lens in the my canon? if it's possible, what kind of adapter ring i need to buy
    thanks a lot for help me and sorry my english.
     
  25. rdm

    rdm

    not possible, You should have purchased a Sony Alpha. The Minolta AF (Auto Focus) lenses use the same mount that the Sony Alpha cameras use
     
  26. People I have a question. I am just a beginner so please help me.
    So, according to what you guys said. If I have 20mm minolta lens but does not want to have a adoptor for my father's 5d (I don't want to lose quality). There is no way I can use this lens for taking ifinite focus pictures?
    furthermore,
    I really want to use those minolta lens, which way is the best way (considering quality convenient cost) for those minolta lens to fit into canon 5d?
    1.convert 5d body
    2.convert minolta lens
    3.use adoptor
    please advise me. thank you.
     
  27. rdm

    rdm

    Nothing wrong with wanting to use that Beautiful lens on a Digital Canon Camera Body, [​IMG] However the 5D is a tough camera to convert. you have to use a motor tool to grind down the mirror and that's not something i think you want to do since its perminant. Check out this site for the use of Rokkor Lenses on Digital Canon Bodies.
    Is that the only Rokkor lens you have ? If not how many do you have and want to use?
    What type of photographs do you want to shoot with it?
    Maybe you would want to save up and use it on something like a 4/3 body or micro 4/3. Thn you can have a super compact camera setup like this. [​IMG]
     
  28. rdm

    rdm

    tienmh tienmh ? Are you still arround? Did you see the questions i was asking you , to try and help you out?
     
  29. I am looking to buy old minolta af lens if you would like to sell them. :)
    Tom Latrielle (chiro65@gmail.com)
     

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