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    Posted: 18 October 2022 at 23:38
To celebrate the arrival of the LA-VE2 MonsterAdapter, here's a thread dedicated to Minolta's V-mount lenses:

Prime lenses
V 17 mm f/3.5 RD
V 50 mm f/3.5 Macro (1:2)
V 400 mm f/8 Reflex
Zooms
V 22–80 mm f/4-5.6
V 25–150 mm f/4.5-6.3
V 28–56 mm f/4-5.6
V 56–170 mm f/4.5-5.6
V 80–240 mm f/4.5-5.6 Apo

Show us your photos with these lenses on your E-mount camera, with LA-VE2, LA-VE1, or any other adapter; and please tell us what you think of the new adapter and the performance of the lenses.

Here's a link to the thread on the launch of the LA-VE2.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote neilt3 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 October 2022 at 00:56
I'll start it off with a few old ones with the original Monster adapter ( before the version 1 or 2 ) .

Only been trying out my new AF unit tonight so have nothing to show .

Vectis 22-80mm on an NEX 7 , MF only .


Mirrored Mist
by Neil , on Flickr

Vectis 50mm Macro , heavily cropped .

Starburst ( Web 1, very heavy cropping )
by Neil , on Flickr

Vectis 80-240mm , Nex 7 .

Morning Mist
by Neil , on Flickr

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 October 2022 at 11:03
I haven't plumped for LA-VE2 yet, but I have a few taken with the LA-VE1

1

Three men in a boat A7 III and V 400mm F8

2

Origin (detail) A7 III and V 400mm F8

3

Fern NEX-7 and V 50mm Macro F3.5

4

Day 25 - freelensing again V 25-150 freelensed with Konica MF adapter to NEX-3 in the old days before LA-VEs came along.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 October 2022 at 13:40
Two test shots with the LA-VE2 and 400 REFLEX, the first AF-C using flexible spot S, the second one using MF. Exif gives 405 mm focal length!

AF on the 400 is not ideal, I will experiment with AF settings. The AF sometimes cycles at close focus, not finding anything to lock on. Toggling the A/M switch solves that. This lens does not have a hypersonic drive like modern lenses, I'm expecting something in the line of screw-drive lenses. On some subjects it does that, on others not.   

The 400 REFLEX is the reason I wanted the adapter (my other Vectis lenses are either collateral damage or the result of irrational behaviour/lenslust) and the lens meets all expectations. One remark. Pincushion distortion, I don't know if this is common, but in Lightroom I need -9 to correct it, obviously only noticeable when there are straight lines in the image. Vignetting is surprisingly low for this APS lens, but I doctored the lens by removing the "rectangular" window in the lens mount.   

Two Herons

Focal Length: 405 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.003 sec (1/320)
ISO: 1000

Flower at MFD

Focal Length: 405 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.008 sec (1/125)
ISO: 500

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Jumbolino67 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 19 October 2022 at 23:57
All fotos are taken with the Sony NEX-7 & Minolta Vectis 22-80 with a mechanical adapter(only open aperture and manually focused).

Politeama by Hendrick Bothmann, auf Flickr

My NEX-7 is modified for infrared photography, the Vectis 22-80 shows no IR-hotspot.

Brico by Hendrick Bothmann, auf Flickr

Railway station by Hendrick Bothmann, auf Flickr

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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 October 2022 at 11:58
Nice to see some pre-LA-VE2 work, Neil, Howard and Jumbolino!
Jumbolino: was your adapter 'home made'?

I adapted 2 Vectis lenses (22-80 and 56-170mm) to M42.

This is what I wrote in 2015:

Originally posted by Leo Leo wrote:

I finally managed to adapt a Minolta Vectis lens to E-mount.

A Vectis lens is an electronic PITA. It only works on Vectis cameras. Off camera, focus and aperture are dead. But zoom works.

Well, I can live without aperture; wide open is my favourite aperture and thank God Vectis lenses are wide open when they're dead. But photography without focus is hard.

So I sanded down the bayonet of the Vectis 22-80/4 and screwed it (sort of, it's not perfect yet) into an M42 helicoid adapter; and screwed that into a slim M42 > E-mount adapter. Et voila: focus from 5cm to infinity (and beyond ).


And this is the photo that went with it:

We are family


Some more shots, from 2015 and 2020:

1 Waiting for the night bus

a7s + Minolta Vectis 56-170 @ 56mm

2 Land Art Delft, 1945-2020

a7rii + Minolta Vectis 56-170 @170mm

3 Ice leak

a7s + Minolta Vectis 22-80 @ 22mm
 



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Originally posted by darosa darosa wrote:

Jumbolino: was your adapter 'home made'?

No I bought the mechanical adapter from COMO. The lens is attached to the adapter with three small locking screws and then the distance is adjusted by screwing it in and out. But the whole thing is quite sloppy and I can not recommend it. That's why I then immediately went with the LA-VE2.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 October 2022 at 20:35
Swan

Camera Model: ILCE-7M3
Lens: MINOLTA V MIRROR LENS 400mm f/8 on MonsterAdapter LA-VE2 auto-focus adapter
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.008 sec (1/125)
ISO: 160
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Post Options Post Options   Quote darosa Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 October 2022 at 22:53
Thoroughly enjoying playing with all my new lenses!

1 Plastic Age, 2018, Alexey Shlyk (BredaPhoto Festival 2022)


2 Composition in red, white and blue


3 Inner radiance


all with Minolta V Macro Lens 50mm 1:3.5 (1996; Vectis, APS; LA-VE2)
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4 Autumn in Goes


5 A pair of windows


6 Pile of pavement


all with a7riv + Minolta V Lens 56-170mm 1:4.5-5.6 (1996; Vectis, APS; LA-VE2)

And here are my first shots with Vectis 400.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Snegren Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2022 at 19:56
MINOLTA V LENS 22-80mm f/4-5.6 on A7M3 with LA-VE2 adapter. The lens focusses smoothly and without any problem. Vignetting at 22mm is oddly shaped and heavy, very slight at 80mm. (Later I have realised that leaving sunshades on APS lenses used on FF cameras is not clever). The 22mm zoom end registers as 21mm. There is substantial pincushion distortion. When the lens contacts don't line up correctly the aperture reads f/90 which obviously results in incorrect exposure. Lightroom identifies the lens as 22-80mm F4.1-5.6, almost right.

Floors and stairs in green

Lens: 22-80mm F4.1-5.6
Focal Length: 80 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.013 sec (1/80)
ISO: 100

Unsolicited artistry

Lens: 22-80mm F4.1-5.6
Focal Length: 66 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.013 sec (1/80)
ISO: 400

Wil & Adri 2017

Lens: 22-80mm F4.1-5.6
Focal Length: 21 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.017 sec (1/60)
ISO: 125

Fading fence

Lens: 22-80mm F4.1-5.6
Focal Length: 47 mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure Time: 0.013 sec (1/80)
ISO: 100

Fading fence

Lens: 22-80mm F4.1-5.6
Focal Length: 47 mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure Time: 0.017 sec (1/60)
ISO: 125

Autumn fence

Lens: 22-80mm F4.1-5.6
Focal Length: 47 mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure Time: 0.013 sec (1/80)
ISO: 100

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Post Options Post Options   Quote skm.sa100 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 31 October 2022 at 21:33
Till today I didn't even know Minolta had something called a V-mount but, oh boy, there are some real fine images in this thread here!
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MINOLTA V MACRO LENS 50mm f/3.5 on MonsterAdapter LA-VE2 auto focus adapter. Auto focus is like a 19th Century safari, lots of hunting. Sharp wide open, sharper stopped down. In Lightroom it shares the lens code with the Vectis 22-80. Focal length is reported as 51mm. No vignetting.

On the edge

Camera Model: ILCE-7M3
Lens: 22-80mm F4.1-5.6
Focal Length: 51 mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure Time: 0.033 sec (1/30)
ISO: 1600
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MINOLTA V LENS 28-56mm f/4-5.6 on MonsterAdapter LA-VE2 auto-focus adapter. AF reliable, it better be as the lens does not support manual focus. Some vignetting at the 56 mm end, none at the wide end. It shares the lens-code with the 56-170.

Sunset over De Geestmolen

Camera Model: ILCE-7M3
Lens: 56-170mm F4.5-5.6
Focal Length: 56 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.003 sec (1/320)
ISO: 100

Purmerends Museum

Camera Model: ILCE-7M3
Lens: 56-170mm F4.5-5.6
Focal Length: 56 mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure Time: 0.008 sec (1/125)
ISO: 100

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