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Minolta Camera Lenses

Minolta featured an SR-mount system in their 35mm SLR cameras with interchangeable manual focusing lenses, apart from the pre-1961 lenses which had a different aperture so the automatic diaphragms won't work.

The Minolta SR was the original lens with an automatic diaphragm, followed by the MC that had the added feature of metre coupling, allowing for full aperture through the lens measurement. The MD lever was added to the next version for a smaller aperture, whilst the X-600 lens was for maximum aperture reading and different auto-focus sensors.

The Minolta A-mount camera system was based around three 35mm single-lens reflex, or SLR, bodies and included a range of auto-focus lenses . Minolta produced a wide range of lenses from standard 28mm lenses through to macro, fisheye, zoom, wide angle and telephoto lenses.

They had three different names for their cameras and applicable lenses, known as MAXXUM, Dynax and Alpha. Since Sony's takeover of Minolta's SLR camera division, Sony adopted the Alpha name for the A-mount cameras. Minolta MAXXUM lenses are compatible with the majority of Sony's cameras.

Minolta camera lenses feature a metal filter thread and a metal focus ring and hood mount, unlike most of today's lenses which are plastic.

Minolta MAXXUM lenses

The AF 24mm f/2.8 is an ultra wide lens with ultra fast focus and image stabilisation, suitable for landscape photography. A full-frame 35mm camera lens, it isn't best used on cropped-frame cameras but it is compatible with Sony's Alpha cameras. The AF 35mm f/1.8 is a normal-to-wide lens that features super-speed autofocusing and internal rear focusing. The MD model produces sharper images than the MC version, but it does not have the floating element design that improves close focusing, but it does have a non-floating front part. The AF 50mm f/1.4 lens produces very sharp images and works well on cropped frame as well as full-frame digital cameras.

The AF 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 is a zoom lens with centre-weighted metering, an AF system that is integrated into the body of the camera and digital computer control. It has a built-in macro setting for up close photography up to 0.25x life size. An additional feature is the life-sensing touch switch that makes the camera active without having to press a button.

The AF 100mm f/3.5 macro lens is lightweight and compatible with Sony Alpha cameras and features ultra-fast autofocusing, image stabilisation, and is able to continuously focus from infinity to 1:1 life size using a three-group floating optical system.

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