Are adaptors available for using minolta lenses on my D600?
I have a Minolta / Rokkor 400/800 APO telephoto lens I would love to use on my D600. Since the D600 is a full frame camera I can see that the lens would probably not focus to inifinity. Some brief research has shown some adaptors are available with a lens element but many reviews are not very good and some reviews come with praise.
So, any first hand experience here??
I also have a wonderful 16mm rectilinear lens that I wold also like to use but looks like this would be impossible.
#1. "RE: Are adaptors available for using minolta lenses on my D600?" | In response to Reply # 0NikonMark37814 Registered since 20th May 2010Mon 18-Feb-13 04:57 PM | edited Mon 18-Feb-13 05:08 PM by NikonMark37814
Although it's not Minolta MD I use a glass less Canon FD to Nikon adapter for my Canon nFD 300 f/4, 400 f/4.5 and 500 f/8 lenses. You have to use Sunny 16 for metering but it works. I use the 500 lens most of the time and I'm very satisfied with the images. So, I think the Minolta to Nikon adapter will deliver the same results. Attached is a photo taken with the 500 lens and D2H:
D2x, D300s, D700 & D800
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#2. "RE: Are adaptors available for using minolta lenses on my D600?" | In response to Reply # 1opticsguy Registered since 03rd Jan 2013Thu 21-Feb-13 12:32 PM
Thanks for your reply. Not sure what is sunny 16 metering?
There are so many lens adaptors on the market I am really clueless as to which perform well and which do not. Some have extra lenses and others do not. Now looking to find some reviews on these products. Any suggestions?
#3. "RE: Are adaptors available for using minolta lenses on my D600?" | In response to Reply # 0
There are almost no 35mm lenses with OEM mounts that will focus to ∞ without the use of a built in glass element extender. The problem is the distance from the mount to the film plane of Nikon cameras is either the same or greater than these other camera brands. There are only 3 exceptions that I know of.
1. Leica Visoflex lenses that require an add on mirror box between the lens and the Leica body. The adapter takes the place of the mirror box (Visoflex adapter).
2. Leica R lenses can be used if the lens mount is replaced with a Nikon compatible mount.
3. Medium format lenses like Hasselblad or Bronica.
Other adapters without glass elements will not focus to ∞ and those with the built in elements will degrade performance.
The fact that the D600 is a full frame camera has nothing to do with it. The mount to film/sensor distance is the same for all Nikon FX/DX/Film bodies.
I use Fotodiox adapters and find they are pretty good. This is the Minolta adapter with elements.
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