Meta’s Best Minolta AF Lenses For Sony Alpha Cameras
Meta Gatschenberger began shooting Nature Photography with her Minolta 35mm QTsi Film Camera and 35–80mm AF Telephoto Lens back in 2000. Meta also shoots with an Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max.
Can You Use Minolta AF Lenses on Sony Alpha Cameras?
Yes, Minolta AF Lenses, originally designed for Minolta AF 35mm SLR Full Frame Film Cameras, will Mount and Auto Focus on Sony Alpha Cameras; Sony A-Mount Cameras and Sony E-Mount Cameras (With New LA-EA5 A-Mount Adapter).
There is a Quality Build Difference between the Mid 80’s Heavy Metal Bodies and 90’s Cheaper and Lighter Plastic Bodies. The Early Models have Tighter Rubber Rings. Meta only collects the Heavy Metal Models from 1985–1993. The 3rd Digit of the Serial Number is the Model Year: XX5XXXXX = 1985.
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“Shooting with 1985 Minolta AF Lenses, gives you certain bragging rights, when you can win Photography Contests, compared to other photographers who paid thousands of dollars for their Professional Sony Lenses!”
~ Meta Gatschenberger
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A Brief History of Minolta Lenses and Sony’s Camera Division
Minolta – Mechanism, INstruments, Optics, and Lenses by TAshima was founded by Kazuo Tashima in Japan back in 1928.
Between 1985 and 2006, nearly 17 Million Minolta AF Lenses (A-Mount Lenses) were manufactured in Japan by the Minolta Company Limited, making Minolta Lenses easy to very find online in “Mint” or “Like New” Condition, and at very affordable prices on Amazon! Many of these Minolta Lenses were originally sold with Minolta Maxxum SLR 35mm Full Frame Film Cameras, such as the Minolta Maxxum 9000 Film Camera. When Sony bought the Minolta Film Camera Division in 2006, Many Minolta Lenses were branded as Sony A-Mount Lenses.
Easily Adapt any Sony or Minolta A-Mount lenses to your Sony E-Mount Alpha Camera. The latest Sony E-Mount Alpha Cameras offer advanced performance and features for SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) / SAM (Smooth Autofocus Motor) lenses as well as older Minolta A-mount lenses that do not have internal focus motors.
Notes: Latest Sony Alpha Camera firmware is required. Autofocus is not available during Movie Recording. A-Mount Teleconverters are not supported. Weight: 3.1 oz. (88g).
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Minolta AF Maxxum 35mm SLR Film Cameras (Photo: Left) are a great resource for finding Affordable Minolta Lenses! These old Minolta Film Cameras are not worth much, but the Minolta Lenses that often come with these old 35mm SLR Film Cameras can be valuable, because they can still be used on all Sony Alpha Cameras!
Meta purchased a Minolta AF 28mm ƒ/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens which was incorrectly listed as a “Hoya 49mm Lens”, due to the Hoya 49mm CPL Filter (bonus item), which was attached to thefront of the lens – Both for only $20!
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Meta’s Best Minolta AF Macro Lenses For Sony Alpha Cameras
This was Meta’s First Minolta AF Lens for her Sony Alpha Camera. This “Nifty Fifty” 50mm Macro Lens also doubles as a Sharp 50mm ƒ/2.8 Prime Lens! Meta shot a few family weddings using her Minolta AF 50mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Lens and her Minolta AF 100mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Lens, they’re that good. This Sharp Macro Lens produces the most amazing Macro Photography and >Close-Up Photography.
This Macro Lens is often quoted as one of the Best Minolta AF Macro Lenses Ever Made! The Minolta AF 100mm ƒ/2.8 Macro Lens is Meta’s Favorite Minolta Macro Lens and her most used Minolta AF Lens. This amazing Macro Lens produces the most amazing Macro Photography and Close-Up Photography. Meta uses this Macro Lens on flowers, bees 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. This is Meta’s Favorite Minolta AF Lens for Hummingbird Photography.
This is the Minolta AF Telephoto Lens or Famous 1985 Heavy Metal “Beer Can Lens”. Many lighting situations require a Constant Aperture ƒ/4.0 Telephoto Lens that can isolate specific details from a distance. This big boy was often sold along with the Shorter 35–70mm ƒ/4.0 Telephoto Lens (Below), to cover the full 35–210mm at a Constant Aperture of ƒ/4.0. These are very easy to find in excellent condition. Heavy for Walk Around Use. Great Telephoto Lens for Wildlife Photography, Hummingbird Photography and Close-Up Photography. This is a Classic Sharp Minolta AF Lens.
This Constant Aperture ƒ/4.0 Minolta AF Telephoto Lens offers great versatility. This Short Telephoto 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 ƒ/4.0 Telephoto Lens (Above), to cover the full range of 35–210mm at a Constant Aperture of ƒ/4.0. This is one of Meta’s Favorite Light Weight Compact Walk Around Telephoto Lens. Great for General Walk Around Lens plus Close-Up Photography.
This big and heavy (slightly heavier than the Famous “Beer Can Lens”), but tremendously versatile Telephoto 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 ƒ/4.0–4.5 is an excellent walk around lenses. Unlike most Minolta 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 Minolta AF Lens for Landscape Photography, plus it does good Close-Up Photography at 28mm.
For Mobile Photography, this Constant Aperture ƒ/4.5, 100–200mm range Minolta AF Lens is an excellent choice. This Compact lens extends out when zooming in. Sharp Telephoto Lens. Cheaper and lighter alternative to the heavy 70–210mm ƒ/4.0 (Only 1/2 stop less), but without the Macro Mode. Great Minolta AF Telephoto Lens for Birding and Wildlife Photography.
This Wide Angle Telephoto Minolta AF Lens has a Constant Aperture of ƒ/4.0 and is ideal for Waterfall Photography and Wide Angle Landscape Photography. This very compact Minolta AF Lens was Very Expensive in 1985 dollars. Very Hard to Find Today.
The Famous Minolta AF Telephoto Lens or “Big Beer Can Lens” extends almost a foot long with the Lens Hood attached. Versatile 75–300mm Telephoto Lens, ƒ/4.5– 5.6, is ideal for a variety of purposes, from Wildlife Photography to Hummingbird Photography and Close-Up Photography. The ƒ/5.6 at 300mm requires a lot of light.
This handy mid-range Minolta AF Telephoto Lens gives you great flexibility in handling a variety of subjects. Macro Mode Switch at 28mm for Close-Up Photography. The later 1990’s Model has a wider and smoother zoom ring pattern and a rubber grip around the focus ring, but optically it is the same lens. Heavy and solid.
This 1993 Compact Minolta AF Telephoto Lens is Meta’s later Minolta AF Lens which she uses for Walk Around Birding and Wildlife Photography, due to its compact, lightweight and long 300mm focal length (APS-C equivalent 450mm). Meta found this Mint Condition Minolta AF Telephoto Lens at the Goodwill!
APO or Apochromatic Lenses have better correction of chromatic and spherical aberration manufactured using Special Low-Dispersion (SLD) Glass.
Note: There is a more expensive 2000 APO D version of this Minolta AF Telephoto Lens, which is optically identical to this 1993 version, but has a wider front focus ring which does not rotate in AF and adds Minolta’s ADI (Advance Distance Integration) Flash Compatibility.
This Fast ƒ/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Minolta 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 favorite ƒ/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Prime AF Lens, which is great for shooting Astrophotography and Landscape Photography. Comes with a Small Twist On Tulip Lens Hood and Leather Carrying Case. Very Hard to Find.
This fast ƒ/2.8 Ultra Wide Angle Minolta AF Lens comes with a Small Twist On Tulip Lens Hood and Small Leather Carrying Case. This is Meta’s favorite ƒ/2.8 Wide Angle Prime AF Lens, which is great for shooting Landscape Photography.
This fast ƒ/2.8 Wide Angle Minolta AF Lens comes with a Small Leather Carrying Case. This is one of Meta’s favorite ƒ/2.8 Wide Angle Prime Lens, because on an APS-C Camera, it’s the close to a “Nifty Fifty” at 42mm, which is ideal for shooting Street Photography and Landscape Photography. Small 9mm Built-In Hood.
Every Photographer should own a “Nifty Fifty”. This is one of the few Super Sharp Fast ƒ/1.4 50mm Minolta AF Normal Prime Lenses that can photograph wide open at 1/8,000th of a second for Hummingbird Photography. Compact and lightweight, this is Meta’s favorite Super Sharp Prime AF Lens for shooting Landscape Photography, Fireworks Photography, Street Photography, Night Photography and Very Low Light Photography. Hard to find in Like New or Mint Condition. Tiny Built-in Useless Lens Hood. Similar to the less expensive Minolta AF 50mm ƒ/1.7 Kit Lens, but faster and sharper.
Complete Handbook for Minolta 5000, Minolta 7000, Minolta 9000 Film Cameras, Minolta Lenses, Minolta Flash Units, Data Backs and Program Backs, and other system accessories and applications! 160 pages with color and black and white illustrations. Reviews Minolta Lenses. 1989 Edition. 192 Pages.
This Minolta SLR Camera Book describes how to operate Minolta SLR Film Cameras and Minolta Lenses. 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. 1989 Edition. 192 Pages.