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Hey all,

I just recently found a Minolta (St si Maxxum) film camera, and shot a roll with it. All of my shots turned out black with white streaks through them. I know this could be a problem with light coming in through the camera somewhere or something with the mirror, but either way as of now, I have no idea what the issue is. In some of the shots, you can see a glimpse of what I was trying to shoot but the entire roll was a loss. I'm going to get my camera looked at and see if it's worth saving, however, I am curious if there is a decent adaptor I can use to mount my lens on my SLR (Promaster AF 28-80mm) onto my Nikon DSLR body (D3200). If anyone has any suggestions OR good reasons as to why this wouldn't be a great idea, I'd love to hear it!

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The FILM came out black, or the PRINTS? What kind of film?

Posing an image would help immensely.
 
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The FILM came out black, or the PRINTS? What kind of film?

Posing an image would help immensely.




This is what I got from the prints. Also, I was using FujiFilm 400 speed.
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All it shows is a tree. Looks like a shutter problem. I expect any repair can cost is more than the value of the camera body.

Don't really see much use of trying to adapt that zoom lens to Nikon. A simple adapter will not focus to Infinity (can use for macro photography, but a bit of a pain to use) and an adapter with a glass element that allows focus to infinity will reduce the quality of what was probably a kit lens for that film camera.
 

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Yep. Shutter is hosed.
 

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You would need a mount adapter that has an optical compensation lens. From what I've read online, these tend not to be of great optical quality, and adding a not-so-great Promaster lens on top of that would not be worth it.
 

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Mounting lenses from other SLR mounts on Nikon cameras is usually a macro only project.
Nearly all other SLR lenses are designed to be mounted closer to the sensor than the Nikon F mount, so extra optical elements are needed for other lenses to reach infinity focus.
IIRC the Minolta A mount is the same one as used by Sony for their A mount. So it can be used without adapters on some of their cameras. It can also be adapted to Canon EF mount but I've only met a dumb adapter for this so any electronic functions would be lost.
 

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