Using older lenses on newer Digital cameras

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  1. websurfer

    websurfer TPF Noob!

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    I have an older Minolta X700 35mm camera and am considering purchasing a Digital SLR.
    If possible I would like to buy a camera that I can fit my lenses from the X700 on. I know that some brands have this interchangeability but I can't get a straight answer from Minolta.
    They obviously don't have their sharpest people answering e-mail questions.
    I understand the AF Maxxum 7, 7D, and 7000 can all share lenses, and I met a guy who was using his Olympia film camera lenses on his new Olympia Digital SLR but I can't find a cross compatibility chart anywhere.
    Any ideas?
     
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    I am kind of a camera enthusiast (no expert by any means) and unfortunately do not know the "type" of lenses that go on the camera.
    They are bayonet style and all have the letters MD on them other than focal length numbers and the like.
    Does the "MD" mean anything?
     
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    MD is the mount used with Minolta manual focus lenses. I'm not sure they will work with the DSLR... but I'm sure someone makes an adapter. You would be able to utilize some functions... like metering.
     
  6. DocFrankenstein

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    You can't manually focus on a DSLR. Not accurately anyways.

    You get a body which supports AF to make your life easier. You can also control the diafragm from the body... etc... etc etc

    AF lenses make your life really easy. Unless you are into shooting still life or corpses with controlled lighting...

    Just bite the bullet and start investing into an AF system. Canon is best. :p ;)
     
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    canon is good when u cant afford a pentax
     
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    Not true. At least not with Nikon. I can't speak for other cameras.
     
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    You should be able to focus just as accurately as you would on any other SLR.
     
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    Im going to join the band wagon here.
    Why wouldnt you be able to Manual Focus on a d-slr.

    I just borrowed my father-in-laws Pentax SMC - M 50mm f/1.7
    and its manual focus.

    I have never had a manual focus lens, so I never learned how to truely focus a lens... so this really does intrest me.
     
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    Yeah, considering canon is more expensive :roll:

    I mean that without the split screen, you can't focus fast and accurately.

    I don't know if you can install a split screen on a Nikon.
     
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    I manually focus with my digital rebel for most of my shots, and they are sharp. There is no problem with manually focusing a DSLR.
     

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