PhotoDelusions

2 April 2010

More pictures with Minolta-mount manual focus lenses on a Sony digital SLR

I recently won an unbranded MD/MA adapter in an auction on eBay; this adapter has a glass element and so allows focusing to infinity. I have been interested in exploring how lenses for my manual focus Minolta cameras perform in the digital environment. While the pictures are not always pin-sharp, some quite acceptable results can be obtained. Pitfalls come with the lack of image stabilisation and in setting a usable exposure; at least with a digital camera there is plenty of room to experiment. All of these pictures were post-processed using the Lightroom 3 beta 2 release, which has some good sharpening and noise reduction capabilities.

 

Daffodil bud macro

^Daffodil bud | Tamron Adaptall-2 70-210mm [46A] zoom and Minolta No 1 extension tube

 

Charlecote boar

^Stone boar at the entrance to Charlecote Park | Tamron Adaptall-2 70-210mm [46A] zoom

 

Crocus | MD/MA | Rokkor 135/2.8 | No 1 extension tube

^ Crocus at Baddesley Clinton | Minolta MC Tele Rokkor-PF 135 mm f/2.8

 

Baddesley Clinton interior 5 | MD/MA | Rokkor 50 1.4

^ Stained glass at Baddesley Clinton | Minolta MD Rokkor 50mm f/1.4

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