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I have an old Minolta camera with quite a few great additional lenses. I'm looking at getting new camera and need to know what would I have to do to use those lenses?

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That depends on how old the old stuff is. If the lenses have the ancient Minolta SR mount then you're pretty much out of luck (or you can continue using them with your old camera). If the lenses have the Minolta A-mount then they will mount on the Sony alpha-series digital SLRs.

Posted on Mar 28, 2012

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SOURCE: old vivitar lens to adapt to a new digital camera

In order to know whether the mount on the lens will work correctly with the camera body, you need to provide the model of the lens, not just the serial number.

Many manufacturers (Vivitar included) make lenses that will mount SLR cameras. Sigma, Nikkor (Nikon), Quantaray, Vivitar all make lenses that will mount Nikon bodies. Nikon-mountable lenses will also mount Fuji bodies. Please indicate model number of lenses.

Chances are, however, they will NOT mount to the SLR bodies you have chosen. You can take your lenses to Ritz or Wolf Camera (any camera shop for that matter) and see which will work. What you are really looking for is whether the camera will be able to use features such as auto-focus and aperture from the body (if the lens doesn't have an aperture ring).

Posted on Mar 28, 2008

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SOURCE: Older lenses in new digital cameras

The camera and lenses you mention are non-autofocus equipment and have a different mount than newer ones. Your best choice for reliability, price, and ease of service would be one of the Canon EOS digital SLRs. Second choice would be Nikon D series. Minolta autofocus lenses used on the older Maxxum series film cameras can be used on the new Sony digitals, but Sony is new to digital SLRs and their track record remains to be seen.

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

Anonymous

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SOURCE: pentax K1000 camera

Unfortunatly I am in Brazil and not aware on repair services in Mumbai. BUT addressing your question, YES all Pentax mount (bayonet) will fit in K1000. As a matter of fact, this is an extremely reliable and simple camera, assuming you are skillful in manual mode shooting. In the "used" market you can find a lot of bargains suitable to the K1000. Try some oldies (but goldies) Takumar lens.

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Minolta to Nikon --Switching to Digital -- LENSE problems

Mirror lenses have no aperture nor AF, so they mount via a T mount. A $30 item that screws on the end of a mirror lens that fits your camera. A mirror lens has it's physical likes and dislikes against a glass 500mm. A glass 500mm will give a better image if you can stop down to F8 F16. Then you have shutter speeds to consider and those lenses are usually connected to the camera's contacts. So they can be specific to a single body. There are older Tamron lenses that take Adaptall mounts, they are old and hard to find. But they solved the multiple body problems for "auto" program lenses. None had AF, when AF camera around, we were back to individual lenses per body.

Posted on Jul 27, 2009

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