Guide to Minolta MD Lens Mount Adapters for Sony E-Mount Cameras

Published: August 31, 2016

Minolta MD Lens Mount Adapters for Sony E-Mount Cameras

Sony A7R + FotodioX Adapter for Minolta MD/MC to Sony E-Mount + Minolta MD 58mm f1.2 lens

You can trace Sony’s roots directly back to Minolta Maxxum. But going back further leads to some excellent Minolta MD Rokkor manual focus glass. Here are three adapters that allow you to mount Minolta MD lenses to Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras including fullframe Sony a7 Series cameras. All adapters listed here will focus to infinity.

FotodioX Adapter for Minolta MD/MC to Sony E-Mount

Fotodiox Minolta MD-MC to Sony-E-Mount Adapter

FotodioX Adapter for Minolta MD/MC to Sony E-Mount ($56 at B&H | Amazon) This adapter allows you to mount a Minolta MD/MC/SR Rokkor Mount lens to Sony E-mount cameras. Automatic diaphragm will not operate correctly while using this adapter, so Manual or aperture priority mode must be used when this adapter is attached.

Its all-metal design of brass with stainless steel finishing and polished surface provide smooth mounting and long lasting performance. The leaf spring design in the adapter holds the lens tight to the camera body ensuring there is no play between the camera and the lens. The adapter also has a removable tripod mount to help bear the weight of heavier lenses.


Novoflex Adapter for Minolta MD or MC Lens to Sony E-Mount

Novoflex Minolta MD-MC Sony E-Mount Adapter

Novoflex Adapter for Minolta MD or MC Lens to Sony E-Mount ($212 at B&H | Amazon) is a pricier option that does the same thing – think Seiko -vs- Rolex. It allows you to mount a Minolta MD or Minolta MC lens to Sony E-Mount camera with a precision mechanical adapter. The adapter does not transfer functions from the camera to the lens, such as auto focus, but automatic exposure metering (stop-down metering/aperture priority) is possible.


FotodioX Minolta MD Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Vizelex Polar Throttle Adapter

Fotodiox Minolta MD to Sony E-Mount Vizelex ND Throttle Adapter.jpg

FotodioX Minolta MD Lens to Sony E-Mount Camera Vizelex Polar Throttle Adapter ($100 at B&H | Amazon) This Fotodiox adapter features a built-in 10-stop variable neutral density filter to control the amount of light entering the camera which enables shooting in bright daylight while still using wide apertures for shallow depth of field. It also helps with fast exposure adjustments when going from bright to low light. A bright blue metal ring manually adjusts the filter from ND2-ND1000.

READ MORE: ULTIMATE GUIDE TO SONY LENS ADAPTERS


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8 thoughts on “Guide to Minolta MD Lens Mount Adapters for Sony E-Mount Cameras”

  1. Thank you for your review.
    Is there a difference between a Minolta MD to Sony E mount adapter and a
    Sony A7 adapter (full frame) ?

    1. All the adapters on this list are fullframe. The early version of the Fotodiox adapter that does not cover fullframe but the PRO version on this list does.

  2. Are there any adapters converting focal lengths at the same time, eg. for changing the crop factor on APS-C sensors?

  3. Is there a difference between a Minolta MD and Minolta SR? Will md adapter work for sr lens?

    1. SR was the initial design implementation of the SR bayonet from 1958-1967
      MC lenses were released 1966-1977 adding a meter coupling
      MD introduced an additional tab on the lens which reported the smallest available aperture (f/16, f/22 or f/32) to the camera (beginning 1977)

      All MC/MD adapters are fully manual so while I don’t have any SR lenses to test, they should function the same way.

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