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    Posted: 19 September 2011 at 23:22
I've been researching this for about an hour, and I think I'm just getting more confused!

I was at a resale shop today, and I bought an entire camera kit for a really great price. I knew the lens itself was worth more than I paid, so thought "what the heck!" It's an old Minolta srT202 in amazing condition with all of the gadgets to go with it. I thought I could use the lens filters if nothing else, and sell or give the camera itself away.

Anyway, the lens is a MC Rokkor-X PG a:1.4 f-50mm It is one of the lenses that require conversion to work with the A-mount. The lens itself is in really immaculate condition- SUPER clean lens.

I've seen the conversion kits on eBay for 14 or 15.00 USD, but I can't figure out if they need holes drilled to actually fit the lens. Does anyone know how to attach these to the lens itself?

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=120734793800#ht_2454wt_950

I'm thinking I may be better off just selling this one and buying a 50mm 1.7 on eBay or elsewhere. I don't mind taking things (lenses, computers, etc) apart; I don't have the facilities to do any drilling.

I'd appreciate opinions! Thanks!
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote Extrahorizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2011 at 00:25
I found an adapter, which seems to get good reviews. It's a bit pricey at 39.99-

Anyone heard any results concerning these adapters?

http://www.amazon.com/Fotodiox-Lens-Mount-Adapter-type/dp/B0048A8CDU/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&m=AG1FKBNAQKSKJ&s=generic&qid=1316474585&sr=1-11
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ryansholl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2011 at 02:04
I was under the impression that adapters such as that one reduce the working aperture diameter. The description doesn't mention this.

I do think you'd be happier with an AF 1.7. I modified a 50/1.2 but reach for the AF more often than not.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote stresskiller Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2011 at 02:12
i do use the md converter with glass on all kinds of MD lenses .
works fine for me.




A700 Rokkor 50mm 1.7 MD iso 200 f8 1/350



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Post Options Post Options   Quote zk-cessnaguy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2011 at 03:45
Hi Extrahorizon, I too have the MC Rokkor PG 50mm f/1.4 and it's a very nice piece of glass. However it's not really the best candidate for conversion to a-mount. The easiest to convert are the 58mm MC Rokkor PF f/1.4 and the famous MC Rokkor PG f/1.2 lenses. The mount on these two can be easily replaced with an M42- a-mount adapter; it just requires a little work.
I'd keep it with the original mount and either shoot film or use on a NEX body with an adapter.
these are not the photographs you are looking for
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Extrahorizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 September 2011 at 14:54
Thanks for the input everyone! I've decided to sell this lens, get a decent ROI and move on. I may sell the entire camera kit depending on the shipping costs. I'm really not sure if I would get more with the lens alone! Depends on the shipping I suppose.

I never use the Sony Kit lens; I may as well sell that too. (It's the standard 18-55mm) I thought I'd use it more, but I'm never really in LOVE with the pictures I take with it.
 



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Post Options Post Options   Quote woodrim Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2011 at 02:59
The first adapter you provided a link for is intended to convert M42 screw mount lenses for use on A-mount. The Fotodiox seems also a short teleconverter as well. I wonder if stresskiller might tell us which adapter he used for that picture. I had tried an adapter that had glass in it, but did not like the results; perhaps it was just a cheapie and not very good. I eventually removed the glass and now use it as an extension tube for my older mount Minolta lenses. That works well, but the distances are very short. I likely will hold onto my Minolta lenses until such time that I acquire a NEX.

Mine is also the Rokkor PG model and used to be my go-to lens back in the old SRT film days. I find it does work very well in the macro mode with the extension/adapter and would recommend it for that purpose. Here are a few images from that arrangement...





And one from the old days using slide film and the SRT with a diffusion filter.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Extrahorizon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2011 at 15:36
Those pictures are WOW! Spiders make my skin crawl, and your picture definitely gave me that same feeling :)

Thanks for the info- I'm trying to absorb all I can. There's so much to learn in this hobby. I think that's the fun part though.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Basil Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 September 2011 at 18:51
The 50 1.4 with a glassless adapter can be a fun combination to play with while learning the nuances of a shallow depth of field.
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