I have had a Minolta 7000, plus flash and wide angle lense, sitting in the bottom of my wardrobe for years and kept thinking I must give that to charity or something ! (It even still has a film in it I have just discovered.) I am thinking of updating my Fiju 9600 to a DSLR, and read the reviews on the A200 and discovered it apparently takes Minolta lenses, CAN SOMEONE PLEASE CONFIRM THIS IS THE CASE.
Cheers Jon, I have been off-line for a week in hospital so didn't respond sooner. I received no less than 156 e-mails whilst off-line and the very last was from Amazon about the A 200, my thought was "it was meant to be" So having sat in hospital for 5 days, and back home recovering, I thought this would be a good time to study a new camera !! So thanks for your comments . . Bugger it, I am now going to buy it. Thanks, Dave
I have an AF 75-300/4.5-5.6 (D) lens, an AF50 lens and an AF 28-80 zoom, and also a maxxum 3200i flash. Do you think that all of these will fit the A200? I cant find anything to tell me whether they are A- Mount or the older MD type referred to in a post here. Can anyone tell me please?
*Edit 15/05/09. The value of a used Minolta 50mm f1.7 may be about to plunge due to the new Sony 50mm f1.8 being released. So check the Sony 50mm f1.8 price. Hopefully the excellent Minolta 50mm f1.7 gets even cheaper!
If the lens has 5 contacts on the back and is auto focus, then it's an A-mount and will fit Sony Alpha or Minolta Dynax/Maxxum 7D,
On caveat tat someone stated in an earlier post is that all Af lenses will work. Not true, as some 3rd party AF SLR compatible A-mount lenses don't have the RFOM chip for digital cameras, so be wary if considering the likes of old Tokina lenses (I have a mint Tokina SD AF 70-210mm which doesn't work on digital, only A-mount SLR Minolta's), so you're best getting Minolta lenses if you're on a tight budget, even though they're full frame, they will work with DSLR bodies.
If your 75-300mm is a Minolta, then it sounds like it's the 'Big Beercan' and is well regarded. If it's a Sigma or the like, see if you can test it (go into Jessops and ask to try the lens on a dmo body).
If it has no contacts on the rear, then I have to assume it's a manual lens and thus is a paperweight.
thank you everyone for your comments, i am not so experienced as you all, i have a minolta dynax 8000i (film) body and some awesome lenses,(they say ;, af 28, af 50, af 100-300 all minolta, and one sigma zoom af-a numbers on them), and a sony cybershot, which i love for its ease of use etc, but it seems a shame not to use the others, i heard that sony had bought minolta, and that some lenses will work on a new sony digital body, do you think these lenses will work on the a200, or something else? i have inherited these, but used to use them all quite a lot when film was the only way!!! really want to go digital! and get into it all again! thank you! karen x