Minolta lens to Nikon?

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    blessings captured
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    My Great-Grandpa was a professional photographer and we have two of his DSLRs. I was wondering if I could use the lenses on my camera. Is there an adapter that I could get to make them work on it and would they take quality pictures?

    So here are all the numbers and letters.

    My Camera:
    Nikon D3400

    Great-Grandpa’s cameras:
    both Minolta SR-7

    Great-Grandpa’s lenses:
    Minolta auto Rokkor-PF 1:1.4 f=58mm 1248480

    Minolta auto Rokkor-PF 1:1.8 f=55mm 2431642

    That is everything that is on the front of the lenses.
    Thank you for any advice!

    #39695

    Josiah Waldner
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    I think this should work. I’m not positive the lenses you mentioned are MD mount, so you might want to double check that. As far as image quality goes, it has a corrective lens built-in that lets the lens still focus to infinity. This may or may not degrade the quality a bit, but I can’t really say for sure. You might not even notice.
    You’ll have to use manual focus, and there is probably a manual aperture ring on the lens as well. Don’t worry about the focus too much- you’ll find that these old lenses that have real focus rings, rather than focus by wire, are extremely smooth and accurate. You will not be able record metadata from the lens, such as focal length and aperture settings because it has no contacts. It may take some getting used to, but I would try it. That 58mm f/1.4 is probably a very, very nice lens.

    #39732

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    Thank you @josiahw!

    Is that what you need @blessingscaptured?

    And a comment about your statement, “we have two of his [Great Grandpa’s] DSLRs”….the Minolta SR-7 would just be an SLR, a Single-Lens Reflex camera. That’s what SLR stands for. A DSLR is a Digital Single-Lens Reflex camera, which wouldn’t exist in your Great Grandpa’s day. 🙂

    #39734

    blessings captured
    Participant

    Thanks @JosiahWaldner I think that it’s a SR-mount. but I don’t know if the MD is interchangeable.

    That’s right @jamesstaddon it would be a SLR not a DSLR!

    What things should I check on the lens to make sure that they’re still in good shape? Just make sure that everything moves freely? The 85mm DOF preview button sticks sometimes but that shouldn’t be a problem, should it?

    #39868

    James Staddon
    Keymaster

    The main thing when it comes to checking out a lens is to see if there are any scratches on the glass (on both sides of the lens). If a lens has autofocus, then make sure that works and how fast it is. Look for signs of it being dropped, as that could cause misalignment on things internally. I’ve heard it said that if a lens hasn’t been taken care of, there could be mold inside due to condensation, but I’ve never found that before. Also check to see if it has “lens creep” or if there are any scratchy noises you zooming in and out. Those are the things I know to look for!

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