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Does a Minolta lens work on a Canon Digital Rebel XT?

M B , Nov 07, 2007; 09:01 p.m.

I am interested in purchasing a Canon Digital Rebel XT. I have a Minolta camera, and the lens and be taken off of it. So, I was wondering if it (the lens from my Minolta) would fit on a Canon Digital Rebel XT?

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Leopold Stotch , Nov 07, 2007; 09:03 p.m.

Nope, you need Canon lenses for it.

Leopold Stotch , Nov 07, 2007; 09:05 p.m.

Also, is it an older manual focus Minolta or an autofocus one? If its a Minolta Maxxum body, the lenses you have will work on Sony DSLR's.

kam storey , Nov 07, 2007; 09:37 p.m.

Canon sets it up so you can only use canon

Tommy Lee , Nov 07, 2007; 11:11 p.m.

They pop up at ebay once in a while for about $40. Won't focus to infinity but will work at portriat distant.


58mm f1.2 Rokkor with EOS adapter

Sheldon Hambrick , Nov 07, 2007; 11:39 p.m.

"Canon sets it up so you can only use canon"

A little research will show that this is not true. You can use many lenses on Canon w/an adapter and still maintain infinity focus: M42, Nikon, Leica R, Contax/Yashica, Olympus, to name a few. Unfortunately not Minolta.

Ole-Hjalmar Kristensen , Nov 08, 2007; 04:10 a.m.

If you have modern Minolta AF lenses, do as others have said, buy a Sony Alpha.

If you want to use manual focus Minolta optics on a modern DSLR, only the 4/3 cameras have a short enough register distance that maintaining infinity focus with an adapter is possible, and then only barely. These adapters are relatively expensive, but work well. Avoid Olympus E-300 as there will be conflict between the mirror housing and the aperture lever. (Can be fixed by shortening the lever slightly) Unless you have a large investment in good Minolta MD/MC optics, i would recommend that you buy whatever DSLR you like best and forget using the old lenses.

Frank Mueller , Nov 08, 2007; 10:06 a.m.

i would recommend that you buy whatever DSLR you like best and forget using the old lenses.

I would recommend that even if you have one Minolta AF lens, which presumably is something like a 28-80mm kit zoom lens. These lenses are so cheap these days on the second hand market that owning one should play no role in you decision which DSLR to buy. If you have several expensive Minolta G-series lenses that would be a different story.

Tommy Lee , Nov 08, 2007; 10:20 a.m.

So cheap? Check out the price of an Rokkor 135/2, 24/2.8 VFC, 85/2.8 SF, 250/5.6 and any lens 20mm and below or 400mm and above.

Anson Ko , Nov 08, 2007; 12:46 p.m.

Frank Mueller , Nov 08, 2007; 10:06 a.m. i would recommend that you buy whatever DSLR you like best and forget using the old lenses. If you have several expensive Minolta G-series lenses that would be a different story.

I sold all my Minola gear in 1990 and cannot be happier. If you have minolta G lenses, you better sell it at whatever price. I have the 200 1.8L and 300 2.8IS and the AF speed is the fastest in my opinion. You may want to keep the old gear as classic antiques and get EOS as your primary weapon. 2 cents.


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