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    Posted: 07 March 2019 at 15:30
I may have a shot at getting an A7iii body, but don't have $ for lenses.

I do have 2 full frame Minolta lenses from the film days (24-105 and 100-300).

Is there a lens adapter for the A7 that will allow auto focus?.   I can handle everything else, but I need AF.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote der dickgg Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 15:42
You can buy the Sony LA-EA4 adapter. The old Minolta glass will revive on your A7 body.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Stuart1701 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 15:43
The lenses you mention are Screw Drive, so you will need the Sony LA-EA4 adaptor. This has it's own internal focussing system.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote fxcarden Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 16:08
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 16:17
A7III + LA-EA4 + Minolta 24-105 + 100-300 doesn't make a ton of sense to me. But I will probably eventually get the A7III myself and might own all of these at that time. I just bought another 100-300 APO D.

The FE 28-70 OSS kit lens does have better image quality than the 24-105. Yes, less range.


Edited by QuietOC - 07 March 2019 at 16:42
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 2manycamera Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 17:04
New, the la-ea4 is running $300 ($50 rebate on $350 original price), used prices only slightly better. B&H has a used one for$239, KEH for $257. eBay average looks to be in the $220-250 range. That being said, the la-ea4 is the right choice to get the most use of those lenses on the a7 III. If you have time to be patient, you can likely find the la-ea4 in the $200 range, though I don't know how much willingness you have with waiting for a bargain.

One however, on something you didn't ask about and may not care about: the a7 cameras are brilliant using MF lenses,especially with in body stabilization. I have two FE AF lenses, the 28-70 and 50/1.8, as well as both the la-ea4 & 3, yet over 80% of the photos I take with the a7 are with MF lenses. Between the magnification and the peaking focus, manual focus is very accurate and fast. Not AF fast, but fast. Subjects with lots of motion are still better with AF, but anything else MF lenses are a great way to expand the capability of the a7 line.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 17:15
I looked at LA-EA4 prices and decided to buy one bundled with a lens on an auction listing.

Speaking of adapting, EF lenses adapt pretty well now. Though I found the EF 24-85 USM pretty disappointing compared to the Minolta zooms--maybe since it was the kit lens for an APS film camera.



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There is (was) a rumor that the silver Canon 24-85 was better then the black one. Probably nonsense, but I have a silver one
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 19:32
Originally posted by addy landzaat addy landzaat wrote:

There is (was) a rumor that the silver Canon 24-85 was better then the black one. Probably nonsense, but I have a silver one


Presumably a rumor started by the guy selling a silver one ?

On a side note , I've been thinking of picking one up to use on film as a light weight option , how do you find image quality with it on film/full frame ?
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Post Options Post Options   Quote QuietOC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 19:45
It was a silver EF 24-85 USM that I tried. It was not a horrible lens. It just doesn't compare well with the Minolta: lower contrast, more problems outside of the center. It does cover full-frame, but I could believe it was designed for APS film.

I have the smaller EF 22-55 F4-5.6 USM which is Canon's other APS film kit zoom. It is a lot like a smaller 18-55 SAM, but it has full-frame coverage on the wide end.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 March 2019 at 20:54
It was the kitlens for the Canon EOS IX, indeed, an APS camera. I never put it head to head against the Minolta for sharpness. But I felt the color balance of the Minolta is better, the Canon feels over saturated.

Like the Minolta 24-85 it is a enthusiasts lens, it is much better then a kitlens, but it isn't an L lens. If you use it on film, I think you'll be happy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 March 2019 at 01:16
I think I'll keep my eye open for one in good condition ( in black !) , they don't cost much anyway .

I've just picked up another Minolta 24-85mm RS attached to a Dynax 700si for £25 , couldn't say no at that price , shame the Canon one doesn't come up at that price too .....

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Post Options Post Options   Quote addy landzaat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 09 March 2019 at 07:32
Originally posted by neilt3 neilt3 wrote:

shame the Canon one doesn't come up at that price too .....

look for the EOS IX, you might find it cheaper bundled. Both lenses are worth more then 25 GBP

Edit: if you do not need 24mm, the 28-105 is slightly better regarded.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 March 2019 at 01:57
Forgot about the 28-105mm , it is one I've heard gives good results for the money .
Normally I use Minolta(& Sony digital ) gear and have all the lenses I need for that system , but there's times where I use the Canon stuff .
I do already have the old 28-135mm IS USM lens and for wider I have the Sigma 15-30mm lens that I like . Both are quite bulky lenses , so I'll probably look at the 2nd version of the 28-105mm .That one has the focus distance window and I.R correction index which I can make use off . Close focus seems better too .
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