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There are adapters available to fit the old Minolta manual-focus lenses on Sony alpha-series dSLRs as well as Sony NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lenses obviously will not autofocus and, depending on the lens and camera body, you may lose some or all exposure metering capability.
This means that the lens doesn't have its aperture ring set to its smallest opening. Turn the aperture ring to its smallest opening (largest f/fnumber) and lock it if the lens has an aperture ring lock. You control the aperture from the body, the same way as with a lens without an aperture ring.
The problem is that the lens has become stuck in the barrel. There are some DIY solutions you could try, but the
probability is that you will have to get it fixed by a professional.
these at own risk as it may further damage the camera.
try connecting your ac adapter or usb cable.
Try holding the
shutter button while switching on the camera.
Look at the lens ,
and if some of the lens 'circles' is misaligned or not concentric then
try wiggling it (while holding camera lens down).
pushing or pulling the lens when it extends but this is risky as it may
cause the lens barrel to slip out of its guidance system.
way to do this is to place the camera lens down on a hard surface and
then power it up. Be sure to use a soft cloth or something similar as to
not scratch your lens or casing. Let the lens push the camera up and
down a few times and sometimes the little resistance provided by the
camera is enough to get things going again.
Try hitting your
camera near the lens on the body with the soft tissue on the palm of
Other than that , I would take the camera to a repair
center for a evaluation to see if it would cost more to repair than to
replace the camera.
If it is still under warranty I would suggest
you take it in before trying any of these steps and remove any
off-brand batteries or accessories as some stores are really fussy about
warranty repairs on camera's with non-brand accessories.
Montgomery Ward branded lenses were rebadged Cosina lenses supplied by Sears. As such they are virtually unknown outside of North America (and almost forgotten in their home market).
Cosina were a well known budget lens manufacturer and supplied their products with mountings for most major brands including Minolta.
Your lens can certainly fit your camera with a suitable adapter but how functional and useful it is depends upon what mount the lens already has. Due to different body depths used by competing SLR brands it will either work reasonably well or will be unable to achieve infinity focus. Canon SLR bodies were the shallowest and could accept adapters without difficulty for all other 35mm SLR brands but conversely this meant that Canon lenses with adapters could not achieve infinity on other makes. Olympus were in completely the opposite situation as they had the deepest bodies. Minolta were somewhere between the two extremes.
There were plenty of lenses for all of the major brands and an excellent supply of third party suppliers such as Cosina, as a result there was rarely any need to fit brand A to brand B and adapters were rarely produced and were generally expensive.
Minolta were one of the first manufacturers to change their mounting to an autofocus system in the 1980's so any adapters which were available have long ceased to be available and would even be difficult to find at used camera fairs.
You would be far better to look at the mounting ring of your Monty to see if there is an indication of which bayonet mount it has: K=Pentax, N/Ni=Nikon, Om=Olympus, C/Ca=Canon, CY= Contax/Yashica, MD=Minolta. There are plenty of others but these are the most common bayonet mounts, if you cannot identify the mount try taking the lens to an older hand at a traditional camera shop to ask if they recognise it. Using this information you can then sell your lens and use the funds to buy one which fits properly.
Montgomery Ward are virtually unknown to most 35mm SLR users so it's near impossible to sell and even then will be near worthless, but if you mention that it's a rebadged Cosina you increase the chances of a sale as folks will know what they're buying. Cosinas do not fetch much but at least they will attract buyers. The exception to all this is if the Monty has an X mount: this would mean it's a Fujica mount and Fujica owners were always starved of lens options. As a result X mount lenses will often fetch prices well in excess of double what would usually be achieved, particularly if there are competing buyers and if it's a particularly desirable focal length lens.
Although the Monty won't fetch much, you can also expect to pay peanuts for a replacement unless it's a genuine Minolta model and in any case will very likely have spent less than you would were you to actually find the correct adapter on sale.
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nice camera, the 28mm to 80mm lens that came with the camera is a fine light weight lens. if you go to a 200mm or 300mm lens weight might be a problem as the lens mount on the N55 is plastic. not a problem with 28 - 80mm. i would look fore a light 200mm lens. not necessarily nikon
The lens has a lever marked A/M near the aperture ring. If the lever is in the 'A' position, the lens will stay wide open until you trip the control lever at the back of the lens next to the rear optics. In the 'M' setting, you can see the aperture move as you change the f-stop setting on the ring. Set the lens to anything but wide open and move the control lever with your finger. You should see that aperture move.