In 1985 I purchased a Minolta 7000 AF camera, I have gotten rid of the camera but still would like to use the lenses. Can you tell me what other camera's vintage or new that they will work with. Thank in advance
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Re: Interchangability of camera lenses
the minolta 7000 was the first auto focus slr. you can still buy a good working 7000 on e-bay for around $40.00 to $50.00, or take a 7000 lens to a camera store and try it on a newer model.
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I do not know for certain. You might find that answer on the Yahoo Minolta groups. The Maxxum 7000 was introduced to the US market in 1985. Sold as the Alpha 7000 in Japan and Dynax elsewhere, it was replaced by the 7000i in a couple years. Then the 700, the 700xi, the 700si, the 70 and the 7 was the last film based 7 series. There They also made 8000i, 800si, etc. The 9 series was the Minolta Professional cameras and they had the toughest bodies, weatherproofing, higher shutter speeds, and more. Later models introduced better autofocus, better exposure options, wireless flash, faster film advance, etc.
I am pretty sure that your lenses are just fine for your Digital camera(Minolta or Sony only) as they have the same lens mount. I you choose a KM5 or KM7 digital cameras your lenses will be longer by a factor of 1.4x, same goes for Sony cameras except A850 and A900. They will give you the same magnification ratio as your 7000. Minolta was sold to Sony several years ago, and they have been building a great reputation since. Your AF maxxum lenses will work great on any KM or Sony camera(ADI is available on distance integrated Minolta maxxum lenses only. You can tell by looking at a lens marking which will say "D" if it is compatible with distance integration). I find distance integration an extra not a necessity. If you have some great glass that you love and hold dear, then it would be a great idea to buy Sony. Note that another answer by miket756 is mostly wrong. Yes your lenses will get longer on APS sized sensors, but a 28 mm will never become a 150mm equivalent(thats just stupid). It will look more like 40-50mm on APS-C camera. If you got 2000-2700$ for Alpha850 or Alpha900 than your lenses will retain their mag factors. Good luck.
Konica lenses do not fit Minolta cameras. I think you messed something up.
Minolta MC and MD lenses worked on the older manual focus Minolta bodies. They will also work on the Phoenix and Seagull clones of the old Minolta bodies.
The Konica lens should only ever be mounted on a Konica camera.
Your 7000i is now a Minolta paperweight. You need to send your 7000i for repair or replace it.
You could also look on Ebay for another Maxxum body to use your lenses designed for the Minolta A mount. As a rule, camera lenses are not interchangeable. You can use any Maxxum lens on any Maxxum body as a rule, but Minolta changed their flash shoe after the original 7000 series. Flashes that work with your 7000i will work with any subsequent Maxxum.
Maxxum 7000 are cheap these days. Get a used one on Ebay and keep yours for parts. Better yet, get a 7000i, 700xi, 650xi, 800xi or a Maxxum 5, 7, or 9. Why? More focus points, faster AF, more options, same lenses. But you will need to replace your flash. BTW...remove batteries when you aren't put it away.
Dear Minolta friends,
I have recently bought a second hand Maxxum 7000 and a AF lens, but found the body not ocntrolling the aperture while shooting. I know 7000 has someting special. Is my problem is due to lens and body compatibility or actually the malfunction of the body. I am sure the AF lens is ok since i have tried it working with another minolta af body.
Can give me an advice?