Meta's Best Minolta AF Lenses For Sony Digital Cameras

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Meta Reviews Her Best Minolta AF Lenses For Sony Digital Cameras

Meta began shooting Nature Photography in 2000 with her Minolta Maxxum 35mm QTsi Film Camera with 35–80mm AF Zoom Lens. She later went Digital with a 24 Megapixel Sony a77 II Digital Camera and Minolta AF Lenses, when she moved up to the Western North Carolina High Country in 2010.

As a Beginner Nature Photographer, already familiar with Minolta Film Cameras and Minolta AF Lenses, Meta quickly discovered, it doesn’t have to cost a small fortune when it comes to purchasing Good Quality, Inexpensive Lenses for your Sony Digital Camera!

Many Beginner Nature Photographers don’t know that you can use Inexpensive Minolta AF Lenses oridinally designed for Minolta AF Film Cameras on today’s Sony Digital Cameras; Sony A-Mount Cameras and Sony E-Mount Cameras with the LA-EA5 A-Mount Adapter.

Meta has included Minolta AF Lens Reviews, Minolta AF Lens Specifications and many Minolta AF Lens Review Videos to go along with her Best Minolta AF Lenses For Sony Digital Cameras. Also included are these Rare PDF files for the Minolta AF Lens Owner’s Manuals.

Minolta AF Zoom Lens User’s Manual

Minolta AF Prime Lens User’s Manual


Meta’s Best Minolta AF Lenses have 4 to 5 Star Ratings on Amazon!

Meta’s Farvorite Minolta AF Lenses For Sony Digital Cameras

50mm f/1.4 – Super Sharp – Hard To Find – Great for Night Photography
50mm f/1.7 – Sharp and Very Cheap – Low Light Photography
24–50mm f/4 (Constant Aperture – Nature Photography)
28–135mm f/4–4.5 – Sharp (Wide Focus Range – Landescape Photography)
35–70mm f/4 (Kit Lens – Constant Aperture – Nature Photography)
70–210mm f/4 (Kit Lens – Constant Aperture “Famous Beer Can” Lens)
100mm f/2.8 Macro – One of the Best Macro Lenses Ever Made




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Meta Reviews Her Best Minolta AF Lenses – Her 1985–1990 Heavy Metal Lens Collection

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Minolta AF Lenses
Meta’s Sony a77 II Digital Camera With Many of Her 1985–1990 Heavy Metal Minolta AF Lens Collection (All Purchased For Under $500)
Left to Right: 35–70mm, 24–50mm, 35–105mm, 100–200mm, 28–135mm, 70–210mm, 75–300mm and 50mm mounted on Meta’s Sony a77 II Digital Camera.

The History of Minolta AF Lenses and Sony’s New Camera Division

Between 1985 and 2006 (before Sony Bought Minolta’s Camera Division), nearly 17 million Minolta AF Lenses were manufactured in Japan by Minolta Company Limited, making Minolta AF Lenses easy to very find online in “Mint” or “Like New” Condition, and at affordable prices on Amazon! Many of these Minolta AF Lenses were originally sold with Minolta Maxxum Film Cameras (Photo: Left). When Sony took over the division in 2006, 18 Minolta AF Lenses were rebranded as Sony A-Mount Lenses.

The A-Mount Design on the Minolta Maxxum Film Camera (Photo: Left) and the Sony a77 II Digital Camera (Photo: Bottom Left) are the same.


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Brand New Sony Lenses can be Very Expensive! Meta purchased the 8 “Mint” and “Like New” 1985–1990 Minolta AF Lenses, (Photo: Above), all for under $500, or about the cost of 1 Brand New Sony Lens!

These Mint Condition Minolta AF Lenses all have their original Minolta Front and Rear Lens Caps, plus their original Stock Minolta AF Lens Hoods!

Meta took the photo of the Red Tailed Hawk (Photo: Top) with her Minolta AF Zoom 70–210mm f/4.0 Lens mounted on her Sony a77 II Digital Camera (Photo: Left). Not bad for a Vintage 1985 Film Camera Zoom Lens!

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Where To Find Her Best Used Minolta AF Lenses – Buying, Inspection, Cleaning and Storage Tips

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Minolta AF Lenses – Buying, Inspection, Cleaning and Storage Tips

When Meta buys Mint Condition Minolta AF Lenses for her Sony Digital Cameras, they go through a Detailed Physical Inspection, Cleaning and Storage Process before buyer acceptance. Meta only purchases Like New or Mint Condition Minolta AF Lenses. She has found that the Best Quality Minolta AF Lenses come directly from Professional Camera Shops in Japan.

Physical Inspection of Minolta AF Lenses

1) Verify Serial Number and Lens Description match the Online Item Description. Verify you have received all the correct lens accessories; lens caps, lens hoods, cases, that were advertised with the item.

2) Check for any Physical Damage and Excessive Wear. If Damaged, Stop Immediately and Contact Seller!

3) Check the Lens Cap Clips and Lens Hood for functionality, fit and are for the correct model number.

Optical Inspection of Minolta AF Lenses

1) Scratches and Chips in the Lens Optics are a Major Defect and should be rejected and returned to the seller.

2) Look carefully through the Lens with the aperture lever held open. Any fine dust particles won’t have any impact on image quality. Mold and Fungus can occur in many older lenses due to years of damp storage. This is totally unacceptable. Check for any oil on the rear optics around the aperture blades. Oil on the rear optics is another serious defect. Don't accept any lenses with any optical problems.

Mechanical Inspection of Minolta AF Lenses

1) Focus Ring – It should function very smoothly and not stick. Look for excessive wear. Don’t worry about any White Rubber Oxidation, it can be removed (Photo: Left).

2) Zoom Ring – On Zoom Lenses, this should very function smoothly and not stick. Look for excessive wear and looseness. Check for any Zoom Lens Creep due to gravity.

3) Filter Threads – Attach an old UV Filter to the lens as a filter thread check. It should screw on and off smoothly. Never force a lens filter onto a lens. If the filter threads are tight, it could indicate the filter threads have a flat spot because the lens was dropped – Reject It.

4) Aperture Blades – The Aperture Blades should function very smoothly and snap back quickly (Photo: Left). Check inside for any oil on the aperture blades and rear interior optics. Oil on the Aperture Blades is a Reject.

5) Rear Mounting Plate – Verify the 4 Phillips Plate Screws are tight – Don’t over tighten. (Photo: Left). Check for excessive mounting plate wear and for metal on metal scraping or damage. This is an indicator of how many times the lens was mounted and unmounted.

6) Minolta AF Lens Manufacture Dates – The 3rd Digit of the Serial Number indicates the Date of Manufacturer by Year (1985–1990) for the Fine Rib Grip Series of Lenses. Reference: List of Minolta A-Mount Lenses.

XX5XXXXX = 1985 – Fine Rib Grip
XX6XXXXX = 1986 – Fine Rib Grip
XX7XXXXX = 1997 – Fine Rib Grip
XX8XXXXX = 1988 – Fine Rib Grip
XX9XXXXX = 1989 – Fine Rib Grip
XX0XXXXX = 1990 – Fine Rib Grip

Sony Digital Camera Lens Function Test of Minolta AF Lenses

1) Perform a Basic Function Test on your Sony A-Mount Camera (Photo: Left). Mount the lens on your Sony Digital Camera and run through some basic operation and function tests, including zoom, manual and auto focus. Take a few test shots inside and outside. Check the image quality and sharpness of the photos. How does the photo quality compare to your other Minolta AF Lenses?

Final Minolta AF Lens Acceptance – Pass or Fail – Keep It or Return It

If you are satisfied with the Overall Lens Inspection and Camera and Lens Tests, you should remove the lens from your Sony Digital Camera and begin a cleaning and detailing process.

Any defective items should be returned in their original condition. Don’t clean it!

Cleaning and Detailing of Minolta AF Lenses

1) Lens Exterior – Carefully wipe down the exterior of the lens with Alcohol Cleaning Wipes to remove any dirt, grease and oil. Clean the lens mounting area and gold plated contacts with a Wooden Q-Tip and alcohol.

2) Rubber Oxidation – You can remove any white oxidation on the Rubber Filter and Zoom Rings with a Wooden Q-Tip and Alcohol Cleaning Wipes. This might take a little rubbing, but it eventually comes off. This is just a cosmetic cleaning, but is also recommended.

3) Lens Optics – Blow off any visible dust. Clean the lens optics with Moist Lens Cleaning Wipes and a Microfiber Lens Cloth.

4) Lens Mounting Area – Remove any fine dust or fine fibers from the rear black felt strip with a Microfiber Lens Cloth. This is another indicator of how much the lens was used. Any dust or small fibers from inside the lens will eventually make their way onto your Camera’s Sensor or Translucent Mirror.

5) Lens Caps and Lens Hoods – Clean the lens caps and lens hood in warm water and dish soap. Finish off with an Alcohol Cleaning Wipe. Fine Scratches in the Plastic Lens Caps and Lens Hoods can be easily buffed out with some Brasso or 3M Plastic Polish!

Identification and Cataloging of Minolta AF Lenses

1) Meta keeps a computer database of every Minolta lens she has purchased, including the: Lens Description, MFD, Serial Number, Lens Condition, Seller, Date, Country of Origin (for Customs) and Purchase Price. This information is also printed and attached to the Lowepro Lens Case on a Small ID Tag.

Storage and Moisture Protection of Minolta AF Lenses

1) Minolta AF Lenses are a long term investment. Meta stores each lens in a Lowepro Lens Case. She adds a Silica Gel Pack in each lens case for moisture protection. Her Minolta lenses are then stored in a dry area packed with Silica Gel Packs.

2) Meta installs a HOYA CPL UV Filter on all of her Minolta lenses for Lens Protection.

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– Carl Shipman 1987/1989 Editions

A complete handbook for Minolta Maxxum 5000, Minolta Maxxum 7000, Minolta Maxxum 9000 Film Cameras, Minolta AF Lenses, Minolta Maxxum Flash Units, Data Backs and Program Backs, and other system accessories and applications! 160 pages with color and black and white illustrations. Reviews many 1980’s Minolta AF Lenses. 5 Star Rated!

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Minolta SLR Camera & Accessory Guide

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This Vintage Minolta SLR Camera Book describes how to operate Minolta SLR Film Cameras and Lenses. Introducing the Revolutionary Maxxum Autofocus SLR Film Cameras. Table of Contents includes; Minolta Film Cameras, Minolta Lenses, Exposure and Film, Filters and Front-End Attachments, Minolta Flash Units and Topics and Techniques. Appendix lists Minolta Film Camera Specifications. 5 Star Rated!

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Meta Reviews Her Best Minolta AF Macro Lenses For Sony Digital Cameras

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Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Review

Ad • Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens

One of the Best Minolta AF Macro Lenses Ever Made! The Minolta AF 100mm f/2.8 Macro Lens is Meta’s Favorite Minolta Macro Lens and her most used Lens. It produces the most amazing Macro Photography. Meta uses this lens on flowers and bugs, and even as a 100mm Prime Lens for Weddings and Portraits. The sharp results are amazing! The clarity and sharp focus are astounding, even using large apertures in low light conditions. 5 Star Rated!

Price Meta Paid: $65 Mint Like New Condition at Church Yard Sale.

Superseded by Sony Lens with Identical Optics: SAL100M28

Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 13 cm Lens Case
Minolta Review | Minolta Specification

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1986 US Dollars)
16°
0.35 M
f/32
75 x 99 mm
520 g
ø55mm
150mm
$848

Meta Reviews Her Best Minolta AF Zoom Lenses For Sony Digital Cameras

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Minolta AF 70–210mm f/4.0 Zoom Lens Review

Ad • Minolta AF Zoom 70–210mm f/4.0 Lens – The Famous “Beer Can Lens”

This is The Minolta AF Zoom Lens or Famous 1985 Heavy Metal “Beer Can Lens”. Many lighting situations require a Constant Aperture f/4.0 telephoto zoom lens that can isolate specific details from a distance. This big boy was often sold along with the 35–70mm f/4.0 Zoom Lens (Below), to cover the full 35–210mm at a Constant Aperture of f/4.0. These are very easy to find in excellent condition. Heavy for Walk Around Use. Great for shooting Hummingbirds and Close-Up Photography. Amazing Sharp Lens. 5 Star Rated!

Useful Macro Mode at 210mm.
Price Meta Paid: $67 Mint Condition.

Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 16 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specification | Watch a Video Review
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
23° – 8°
1.1 M
f/32
74 x 152 mm
695 g
ø55mm
105–315mm
$229

Minolta AF 35–70mm f/4.0 Zoom Lens Review

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This Constant Aperture f/4.0 Minolta AF Zoom Lens offers great versatility in a compact, lightweight lens. This zoom lens has become a very popular kit lens since it covers the wide angle to telephoto range used most often. Its responsive, adapting to most hand held situations in an instant. This very popular kit lens was often sold with the 70–210mm f/4.0 Zoom Lens (Above), to cover the full range of 35–210mm at a Constant Aperture of f/4.0. This is one of Meta’s Favorite Light Weight Walk Around Lens. Great for General Walk Around Lens plus Close-Up Photography. 4 Star Rated!

Macro Switch at 70mm.
Price Meta Paid: $37.

Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 9 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specification
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
36° – 34°
1.0 M
f/22
42 x 23 mm
255 g
ø49mm
52–105mm
$194

Ad • Minolta AF Zoom 28–135mm f/4.0–4.5 – “Secret Handshake Lens”

This big and heavy (slightly heavier than the Faous Beer Can Lens), but tremendously versatile zoom lens lets you move from wide, sweeping effects to much closer details. Many Minolta Photographers referred to this lens as the “Secret Handshake Lens”, based on an urban legend that it was a co-designed by Minolta and Leica. This lens also works well for Close-Up Photography. On a Full Frame Sony a99 II Camera, this Minolta AF 28–135mm f/4.0–4.5 is an excellent walk around lenses. Unlike other Minolta AF Lenses, this one has a larger ø72mm front element, with the focusing ring in the rear, which takes some getting used to. This is Meta’s favorite Walk Around Lens, plus it does good Close-Up Photography at 28mm. 5 Star Rated!

Macro Mode Switch at 28mm.
Aperture Change Point: f/4.0 28–40mm, f/4.5 40–135mm.
Price Meta Paid: $155 Mint Condition.

Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 13 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specification
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
50° –12°
1.5 M / .244 Macro
f/22–f/27
75 x 109 mm
770 g
ø72mm
42–203mm
$525

Minolta AF 100–200mm f/4.5 Zoom Lens Review

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For Nature Photographers who regularly work at longer distances, this Constant Aperture f/4.5, 100–200mm range Minolta AF Lens is an excellent choice. This lens extends out when zooming. Sharp Telephoto Lens. Cheaper and lighter alternative to the heavy 70–210mm f/4.0, but without the Macro Mode. Great Minolta AF Lens for Birding. 4 Star Rated!

No Macro Mode.
Price Meta Paid: $45 Mint Condition.


Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 13 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specification | Watch a Video Review
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
16° – 8°
1.9 M
f/22
70 x 95 mm
375 g
ø49mm
150–300mm
$228

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This Wide Angle Zoom Minolta AF Lens has a Constant Aperture of f/4.0 and is ideal for Waterfall Photography and Wide Angle Landscape Photography. This compact light, weight lens was Very Expensive in 1985 dollars. Hard to Find. This is Meta’s Favorite Waterfall Photography Lens with a 55mm Variable ND Filter. 5 Star Rated!

No Macro Mode.
Price Meta Paid: $50.

Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 9 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specification
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
56° – 32°
0.35 M
f/22
69 x 60 mm
285 g
ø55mm
36–75mm
$463

Ad • Minolta AF Zoom 75–300mm f/4.5–5.6 Lens – “Big Beer Can Lens”

The Famous Minolta AF Zoom Lens or “Big Beer Can Lens” extends almost a foot long with the Lens Hood attached. Versatile 75–300mm zoom lens, f/4.5– 5.6, is ideal for a variety of purposes, from Sports Action to Portraiture, as well as Hummingbirds and Close-Up Photography. 4 Star Rated!

Macro Mode at 300mm.
Aperture Change Point: f/4.5 75–100mm, f/5.0 100–135mm, f/5.6 135–300mm.
Price Meta Paid: $75 Mint Condition.

Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 16 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specification | Watch a Video Review
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
21° –5°
1.5 M
f/32
74 x 163 mm
865 g
ø55mm
112–450mm
$542

Ad • Minolta AF Zoom 28–85mm f/3.5–4.5

This handy mid-range Minolta AF Zoom Lens gives you great flexibility in handling a variety of subjects. Can also function for Close-Up Photography. 4 Star Rated!

Macro Mode Switch at 28mm.
Aperture Change Point: f/3.5 28–35mm, f/4.0 35–60mm, f/4.5 60–85mm.
Price Meta Paid: $35 New In Box.





Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 13 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specification
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
50° –19°
0.8 M / 0.9 Macro
f/22–f/32
69 x 86 mm
490 g
ø55mm
42–128mm
$280

Ad • Minolta AF Zoom 35–105mm f/3.5–4.5

Very Popular Compact Minolta AF Zoom Lens – Easy to Find. Can also function for Close-Up Photography. 5 Star Rated!

Useful Macro Mode Switch at 105mm.
Aperture Change Point: f/3.5 35–36mm, f/4.0 36–70mm, f/4.5 70–105mm.
Price Meta Paid: $55 Rare Early Crossed XX Version.



Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 13 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Specification
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
42° –12°
1.4 M / 0.41 Macro
f/22–f/32
68 x 87 mm
495 g
ø55mm
42–128mm
$350

Meta Reviews Her Best Minolta AF Prime Lenses For Sony Digital Cameras

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Minolta AF 20mm f/2.8 Prime Lens Review

Ad • Minolta AF 20mm f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Prime Lens

This Ultra Wide Angle Minola AF Lens provides great depth of field and emphasizes perspective. Its rear focusing system ensures quick, precise focusing and corrects close focus aberrations. Its rubber focus ring provides comfortable manual focusing operation. This is Meta’s only f/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Prime Lens, which is great for shooting Interior Photography, Astrophotography and Landscape Photography. Comes with a Small Twist On Tulip Lens Hood and Leather Carrying Case. 5 Star Rated!

No Macro Mode.
Price Meta Paid: $289 Mint Condition.

Superseded by Sony Lens: SAL20F28
Fits in a Lowepro 11 x 11 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Specification
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
70°
0.25 M
f/22
76 x 53 mm
284 g
ø72mm
30mm
$673

Ad • Minolta AF 24mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens

This fast wide angle Minolta AF Lens comes with a Small Twist On Tulip Lens Hood and Small Leather Carrying Case. This is Meta’s favorite f/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens, which is great for shooting Interior Photography and Landscape Photography. 4 Star Rated!

No Macro Mode.
Price Meta Paid: $35 Mint Condition.


Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 9 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specification
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
56°
0.25 M
f/22
66 x 447 mm
200 g
ø55mm
36mm
$242

Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7 Prime Lens Review

Ad • Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7 Prime Lens – Inexpensive Sharp Kit Lens

This was Meta’s first 1985 Minolta AF Lens that she paid only $15 for! That’s not a typo, that’s only $15, not $150! These Minolta AF Kit Lenses are very easy to find at very affordable prices, especially when attached to old Minolta Film Cameras (Junk), as this was a popular Kit Lens on most Minolta Film Cameras from 1985–1990. This Sharp Prime Lens is great for shooting in Night Photography and Low Light Photography. This was the Smallest and Lightest Minolta AF Lens in 1985. Tiny Built-in Useless Lens Hood. If you are looking at trying out a Minolta AF Lens for your Sony Digital Camera, this should be your first Minolta AF Lens purchase, considering the super cheap price. 5 Star Rated!

No Macro Mode.
Price Meta Paid: $15 Mint Condition.

Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 9 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specifications
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
32°
0.45 M
f/22
66 x 39 mm
195 g
ø49mm
75mm
$74

Ad • Minolta AF 50mm f/1.4 Prime Lens – Super Sharp Kit Lens

One of the few Fast Minolta AF Prime Lenses that can shoot wide open at 1/8,000th of a second for Hummingbird Photography. This is Meta’s favorite Super Sharp Prime Lens for shooting in Night Photography and Low Light Photography. This very sharper lens is similar to the more popular and less expensive 1985 Minolta AF 50mm f/1.7 Prime Kit Lens (Above), but this is getting much harder to find in Like New or Mint Condition. Tiny Built-in Useless Lens Hood. 5 Star Rated!

No Macro Mode.
New Purchased Price: $160 New in Box.

Superceded by the $450 Sony SAL50F14.

Fits in a Lowepro 9 x 9 cm Lens Case
Minolta AF Lens Review | Minolta AF Lens Specifications
1985 Minolta Owner’s Manual

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Minimum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
32°
0.45 M
f/22
66 x 39 mm
235 g
ø49mm
75mm
$153

Meta Reviews Her Best Minolta AF Teleconverters for Sony Telephoto Lenses

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Ad • Minolta AF 1.4x Tele Converter-II APO

These are less expensive than their equivalent Sony models, but you won’t get auto-focusing on any Sony Lenses (Old 5 pin vs. New 8 pin). These aren’t compatible with Sony’s SSM Auto Focusing System, but they will work on the Sony 70–200mm f/2.8 in Manual Focus Only, turning this White Sony Lens on a Sony a77 II Digital Camera into a Manual Focus 105–300mm f/4.0, which isn’t that bad. Minimum Aperture Size is now limited to f/4.0 (Half Stop Light Loss).The Minolta AF II APO have updated gearing for High Speed Focusing. This will Auto Focus on select Minolta Prime Lenses. Comes with a nice leather carrying case. Check which lenses this teleconverter works with before buying it. Not Rated!

New Purchased Price: $198 New in Box.

Fits in a Lowepro 7 x 8 cm Lens Case
Minolta Review | Minolta Specification

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Maximum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(1985 US Dollars)
N/A
Same as Lens
f/4.0
64 x 20 mm
168 g
N/A
N/A

$550

Meta Reviews Her Best Sony A-Mount Adapters

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New: $250

Fits in a Lowepro 7 x 8 cm Lens Case

Angle of View
for APS-C
Minimum Focus
Distance (MFD)
Maximum Aperture Size
Dimensions
(Diameter x Length)
Weight
Filter Diameter
APS-C
Crop Factor
MSPR
(2020 US Dollars)
N/A
Same as Lens
Same as Lens
66 x 32mm
88 g
N/A
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