Minolta Lens Compatibility

by Lee
(Clarendon, PA)

I have a Minolta Maxxum 5 35mm camera and am considering an upgrade to Digital SLR. I have a number of lenses for the Minolta and am wondering if those lenses can be used on a digital SLR. I know Sony took over Minolta so that would be the most likely fit. Thanks for your help.

Comments for Minolta Lens Compatibility

Click here to add your own comments

May 06, 2023
Minolta Maxum 7 film camera
by: Demetrios

Have some really good 400 mm lenses and others for this camera and wondering what type of digital 35mm SLR camera they would fit? Thank you for any help?

Nov 27, 2022
Minotaur AF lens NEW
by: RickAnonymous

Is there an adapter that I could buy to use with my Canon M50 Mark2 camera

Apr 17, 2021
by: Anonymous

I bought a set of 3 "Minolta" lens extenders with what looks like an extension rod that I expect works the lens iris. Trouble is they don't fit the A or E cameras/lenses. Wonder what they DO fit?

Jul 16, 2018
My old Minolta lens? I use them all on my Sony NEX-7 NEW
by: Michel

And what a fantastic performance they offer with the right adapter. I kept all my old lenses (and my investment). I even bought a couple of old Minolta lens at the rock bottom price.

For the AF lens, I bought the Sony LA-EA2 adapter. And for the old manual lens, the Roxsen Speedbooster Minolta MD/MC/Rokkor to E mount adapter.

Mar 17, 2018
Leaf burning lenses / by MINOLTA NEW
by: canewalker

I have many lenses for my Minolta X700 35mm camera. I even have a 900mm lens that I have used with a 2 power doubler. Nice lenses... that I can NOW use to ignite leaves in my back yard! Not bad for several thousand dollars invested in lenses back in the late 1980's.

"Only from the minds of Minolta" [can we screw people so completely]!

Thanks Minolta (and all those minds that took my money so willingly, knowing that they were about to be sold)!

Yes, I DO get a bad taste in my mouth when I say the word "Minolta".
Haaarrookkk, SPIT.

Much better now... except for the horrendous loss of money I suffered supporting 'skinolta'.

Yes I think I can be all grumpy. Since I finally passed into the ranks of a Senior Citizenship...

Feb 11, 2018
My old lens to a new digital camera NEW
by: Kevin

I have a minolta X-700, I have 4 extra lens what camera will my old lens fit on.Will the new minolta digital camera receive my old lens.

Mar 22, 2016
will the lens work? NEW
by: Anonymous

lens from sony alpha 100 on a maxxum 7000

Oct 15, 2015
Minolta Lens Compatibility NEW
by: Anonymous

We are a group of volunteers and opening a new scheme in our community. Your website offered us with valuable info to work on. You have done a formidable job and our entire community will be grateful to you.


Jul 26, 2015
minolta lenses NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi I have a Minolta maxxum 7000 I wonder in wich camera wil take them/

Sep 06, 2012
never another sony product NEW
by: Anonymous

Sony does not support old products from my experience.

Dec 27, 2010
DSLR for Minolta MD lenses
by: Anonymous

I have minolta X370s with 3 zoom lens. I am looking for DSLR where I can use these lenses. I am hearing that sony has that type of DSLRS, but not sure..
Can anyone provide the information ?
The lenses I have - Minolta MD 35-70, Vivitar 100-300 zoom 15.6-6.7.

Sep 25, 2009
by: chad

i have a Minolta Digital SLR and i was wondering the reverse... will Sony's lenses be compatible with my minolta DSLR and will there be communication issues as you described above?

Jul 21, 2009
Minolta Lenses Only Compatible With Sony DSLRs
by: Digital SLR Guide

This is a good question, and one that has been asked several times - I'm glad that you asked it again so that the answer can now be available to everyone else!

Old Minolta lenses are ONLY compatible with Sony digital SLR cameras since Sony bought out the entire Minolta DSLR line back in 2006.

So, the basic answer is that yes, you should be able to ATTACH your old Minolta lenses to a new Sony DSLR. How well they work is another matter.

Old lenses don't have the same electronic contacts as the new ones, which means that there is less communication between camera and lens.

When the camera doesn't communicate with the lens as well, several things may happen: 1) autofocus may not work and 2) aperture control from the camera may not work.

The only way to know for sure how well your old lenses will work on a new DSLR is to take them to a local camera shop and - if they will let you - try them out on some floor model DSLR bodies.

This should help you determine if you can get by with the old lenses or if you need to upgrade your lens collection to work with modern digital SLRs.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Digital SLR Questions and Answers.

What's New? On Facebook: On Twitter:
Home Lessons Free Newsletter DSLR Store About Contact Site Map Mirrorless Cameras