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I have found a lens that is 70 - 300mm F1.4 - 5.6 DL macro from sigma will it fit my minolta maxxum 3

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Firstly, it's actually an f4-5.6 lens, meaning that the maximum aperture at the 70mm setting is f4, and this gradually decreases to f5.6 at the 300mm setting. It's confusing as the lens barrel will say "f1:4-5.6" which is shorthand for "f1:4 to f1:5.6"

As to whether it will fit, that all depends upon the mounting which the lens was manufactured with. Sigma manufacture variants to fit Sigma, Canon, Nikon(D), Sony and Pentax. So if the lens has a Sony mount then it should fit your camera as they inherited the mounting when they bought Konica-Minolta a few years ago and still use it today.

BUT...the huge fly in the ointment is that your Minolta Maxxum 3 is a 35mm film camera and the lens you're asking about is designed for digital cameras using the physically smaller APS-C size sensor. If you use it on your camera then the image produced by the lens will not fill a 35mm film frame; you'll have severe vignetting (dark photo corners) and the camera's metering system will also try to compensate for the dark areas and may overexpose the shot overall.

So the answer to your question is that the lens is completely unsuitable for your camera.

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LEGAL NOTE: if you have genuinely acquired the lens by finding it somewhere, then in most countries you are legally required to hand it to the police to declare it as lost property. Not doing so in the UK constitutes "theft by finder" and all countries which have lost property laws will also have a similar offence. I do not suggest that you have done anything dishonest, but I must add this point to make clear that FixYa does not condone or provide assistance with any acts with which it has reasonable grounds to suspect are illegal.

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