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Mounting Minolta Lens on Nikon (Adapter)

Vignesh Baliga , Jul 26, 2006; 08:49 a.m.

Hi All, This question was asked by some one earlier, and the general response was there is No such adapter. But I wanted to know, if things have changed :-) (A Hope) ..and is it possible to use (say) a Minolta-to-M42mount and connect it to M42mount-to-Nikon mount. Ya it sounds stupid! :-) but the case is, a Friend has 600mm telephoto Minolta lens and Minolta SLR, and recently got a Nikon Camera. And wants to do some wild life photography with his Nikon lens. Thanks Vignesh


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Dan Fromm , Jul 26, 2006; 10:18 a.m.

If you want to use a lens in Minolta mount (AF, MD, makes no difference) on a body with Nikon F mount AND focus it to infinity, nothing has changed. Can't be done, will never be possible.

Nikon F flange to film distance is 46.5 mm. Minolta AF, 44.5; Minolta MD, 43.5. See http://www.a1.nl/phomepag/markerink/mounts.htm

What this means is that to use a lens in Minolta mount on a Nikon body, the mount adapter will have to have negative depth. This is achieved by putting a lens in the adapter, i.e., by using a sort of teleconverter.

Yes, one can string adapters together to hang nearly any lens on nearly any camera body. The cost is loss of the ability to focus on distant subjects. I once used two Novoflex adapters to hang a macro lens in Exakta mount on a Nikkormat. On the Nikkormat the lens' far focusing limit was ~ 1 m.

Tell your friend to use his Minolta lens on his Minolta SLR and be happy.

Dave Powell , Jul 26, 2006; 10:22 a.m.

Hi Vignesh,

Keep checking the auction sites! Minolta lenses are designed to ride closer to the film plane than Nikon lenses (in fact, I think that this is true for all other 35mm camera models as well). This means that no purely physical adapter ring will allow you to achieve "infinity focus" with a Minolta lens on a Nikon body. The lens is trying to focus in front of the film plane.

An adapter COULD be built...may have been built...and if so, will probably appear on the web auction sites at one time or another. But this adapter will need to contain a glass element, to achieve the kind of infinity focus that you'll want for wildlife photography.

However, due to the above situation, you can find purely mechanical adapters for mounting Nikon lenses on almost any other 35mm camera body.



Vignesh Baliga , Jul 27, 2006; 03:14 a.m.

Hello Dan, Thanks a Lot, and also thanks for the Link. I guess my friend won�t be able to use his �Brand new Shiny digital camera� for wild life until he gets a Nikon Lens. :-) Regards Vignesh Baliga

Vignesh Baliga , Jul 27, 2006; 03:14 a.m.

Hi Dave, Yes, I guess that kind of adapter (with few elements in it) will help, but may make the lens slower.. not sure of the clarity. ..and true! There are plenty of adapters with various combination, but could not, locate Minolta-to-Nikon. I use Zenit 122K and Canon Elan 7, and have a 500mm M42 screw mount which I use on Zenit (K mount) with an adapter. Had found an adapter for M42-to-Canon but was scared to use it, as I felt it could damage the lens mount ring on the Canon body. :-) Regards Vignesh Baliga

JEAN ESCANYE , Sep 03, 2006; 12:31 p.m.

It is indeed possible: I did it with a low cost reverse macro lens adapter (VirtualVillage on ebay) after taking off the rear ring of the MC 1.4/58mm lens from my old SRT101 and replacing it with this ring. The main problem is the 2mm difference in mount position between the 2 makes, so I had to cut into the adapter in order to focus at infinity (this adapter is built in aluminium and prone to deformations, so I do not recommend it for 600mm !). Evidently, you have to work in manual mode (my purpose was hand held night shots). Picture is http://www.photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4888698 .

D70 and MC Rokkor

abdulrahman mathekor , Apr 29, 2007; 11:07 a.m.

hello, acutely i am a nikon mf/af user and minolta md/mc and i have notice the minolta md /mc lenses some how better than nikon lenses and convenient to use but the problem is the minolta body's (xk-xd11-x570-sr-t super) crapy in my opinion because of slow flash sync and if it is a kind speed there is no ttl or not having a spot metering future any way i think to use camera has P mode, A mode , S mode and M mode+ ttl flash sync something like 1/250 and can use slower speed in ttl flash so i think about nikon fa which has all these future but it will never accept minolta md/mc mount then i start to think to change the nikon fa mount into md/mc mount ; it is not easy but it will be my work in next 3 month so if there is any one who wants to start this project with me i will be glad all i need is a crazy person about photo gear like me who can help me to make this dream truth and maybe we will make $ of this thing.

here is Nikon FA - Specifications>>http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/nikonfa/specification.htm


JEAN ESCANYE , Aug 25, 2007; 06:30 a.m.

Hello, I made this fitting for fun and, with a non-zoom lens, like the 50mm this is satisfactory, and more or less useful (the plane of the mount has to be exactly parallel to the film, and with a DSLR, this is far more demanding - defects are evident on my results). However, fitting a zoom lens would be far more difficult because mechanical postioning of the mount for focal distance has to be done exactly (otherwise focus changes with focal length because the lens is not where it shold be)- a precision around 50 microns is my guess. Thus, AF is a must (try manual focus with the small viewer of D70 !), and we are lead to another joy of Nikon users, that is "chipping" a lens (search RoRo on this forum) which, in my view is far more useful but cannot have commercial application because of Nikon patents ...

dan Mar , Aug 10, 2008; 03:55 a.m.

can i get mor drtails or cunstruction pictures on the Minolta lens to Nikon there?

JEAN ESCANYE , Aug 10, 2008; 03:00 p.m.

Just said it was a chinese Nikon macro reversal ring (2 mm cut because MC mount is wider than Nikon) but focussing is too difficult with a small viewer like that of the D70. I could think to use this lens with my D300 which has far larger viewer ... but this is quite crazy to put a not so good as you think lens on such an expensive body! Regards.

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