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FotodioXPro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera
 
4.5

(based on 31 reviews)

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    (22)

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    (6)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Compact (16)
  • Easy to use (14)
  • Great picture quality (11)
  • Durable (9)
  • Lightweight (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (11)
  • Family photos (10)
  • Travel (7)
  • Wildlife photos (7)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (10), Photography student (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (20)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

It's a Miracle

All these years since the dawn of the digital age, my very fine Minolta Rokkor, Vivitar and other 35 mm lenses lay fallow. What a sad and wasteful thing to not use such...Read complete review

All these years since the dawn of the digital age, my very fine Minolta Rokkor, Vivitar and other 35 mm lenses lay fallow. What a sad and wasteful thing to not use such fine products without having to step back into film — with all the expenses and other drawbacks.

Last year, on the advice of a friend, I looked into the options and at that time found nothing suitable. But recently, I learned that if my old lenses were the MD types, this mount could connect it to Nikon cameras; in my case, a D5300.

The B&H phone rep was knowledgeable, helpful and in short order, pun intended, the adapter arrived. It works as advertised. I have a Minolta lens that zooms out to 210 mm on the 35. It lives again to bring images in and just as sharp as the old film.

Make sure you understand the most important thing about this approach, which the rep was crystal clear about: With the adapter, the DSLR functions only in manual mode. The D5300 dial is set to M and the camera will let you set the shutter speed. After that, you use the zoon ring, aperture ring and focus ring just like the old days. On a fixed lens, of course, it's just the focus and aperture. I have the camera set for a quick review of the shot, so I can make adjustments. It's not that hard and with practice, I (and you) will become more facile with it.

It's not the perfect solution, but with practice at focusing and exposure, the phots I've gotten are clear, crisp and a joyful experience.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not for Beginners

This adapter functions perfectly. However, you must use the aperture ring on the lens and manual focus. If you have a pretty good understanding of the aperture/ISO/shutter triangle, you will do...Read complete review

This adapter functions perfectly. However, you must use the aperture ring on the lens and manual focus. If you have a pretty good understanding of the aperture/ISO/shutter triangle, you will do well with this. Image quality is very good but don't expect every image to be tack-sharp. I found that in the middle of the aperture range for the lenses I've tried with it works best. For the money, it's fun to play with some different glass.

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4.0

A necessity; saving me the cost of more lenses.

By Rev.

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

Am looking forward to using it, with my Minolta lenses.

 
5.0

D3200

By David

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

Worked perfectly with my dads old Minolta lenses! Infinity focus was my biggest concern, glad to say it worked flawlessly also! Great buy and saved me a ton of money from having to buy equivalent nikkor lenses.

Nikon D3200

 
5.0

lt's like having new lenses.

By Keith

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

It allows me to use my old lenses on me new DSLR.

 
4.0

I would buy this adapter again for macro work sans optics.

By bellows macro guy

from Davenport, iowa USA

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

I bought the adapter to mount a Minolta bellows short mount lens on a Nikon PB 4 bellows. After removing the optics and filing the opening larger, I successfully mounted the Minolta lens to the adapter and the whole assembly onto the Nikon bellows with great success.

 
5.0

MINOLTA-NIKON LENSES ADAPTER

By Barry

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

Have old Minolta lenses and currently use Nikon digital camera. The adapter allows me to use my old minolta lenses on my newer Nikon camera. Just working through the peculiarities of using old manual lenses on a fully modern camera. Results so far have been OK but I assume will improve once I get accustomed to the adapter and minolta lense differences. Ordering through BH Photo on line was quick and easy and fair price.

 
5.0

Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD to Nikon F Mount lens

By Kenneth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

The Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD to Nikon F Mount lens adapter works great. It has allowed me to take advantage of my large Minolta MD lens collection.

 
5.0

Minolta to Nikon Adapter Works

By Wp

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

The adapter does what it says. It is limited, but that is to be expected since we're talking about two different camera mounts. It is good to be able to use some of my favorite Minolta MD lenses on my digital Nikon.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I would not buy this adapter.

By Kev

from Homewood, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

Wanted to use this with my Nikon D3100 and it fit fine, but when I put on the 50mm 1.7, it was only usable at 1.7. All other openings were dark, I sent it back in two days, I really wanted it to work but was ineffictive to me.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

REALLY I WOULD BUY THIS PRODUCT AGAIN

By FE

from PEARLAND TX

Verified Buyer

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

IT´S WAS I EXPECTED
EXCELLENT MOUNT

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding adapter.

By Andy

from Harrisburg, PA

Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

I struggled for a few weeks whether or not I wanted to spend the money because so many reviews mentioned inadequate focus or meters not working. Nevertheless I took a chance and made the purchase. Wow am I glad I did! I shoot a Nikon D7000 and my meter works perfectly with the adapter. Now it's not for a beginner, but let's face it, if you plan to use manual lenses you should know how to use your camera in manual mode. I bought the adapter primarily to be able to shoot my Vivatar 400mm prime lens. It hands the 400mm like a champ. I also have used it with my 50mm 1.4 prime and both my 50mm and 85 mm macro lenses. I can't wait to get into my studio with my favorite film lenses. This is the best camera accessory that I have ever purchased!!!

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a Miracle

By George

from Amarillo, Texas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Great Picture Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel

    Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

    All these years since the dawn of the digital age, my very fine Minolta Rokkor, Vivitar and other 35 mm lenses lay fallow. What a sad and wasteful thing to not use such fine products without having to step back into film — with all the expenses and other drawbacks.

    Last year, on the advice of a friend, I looked into the options and at that time found nothing suitable. But recently, I learned that if my old lenses were the MD types, this mount could connect it to Nikon cameras; in my case, a D5300.

    The B&H phone rep was knowledgeable, helpful and in short order, pun intended, the adapter arrived. It works as advertised. I have a Minolta lens that zooms out to 210 mm on the 35. It lives again to bring images in and just as sharp as the old film.

    Make sure you understand the most important thing about this approach, which the rep was crystal clear about: With the adapter, the DSLR functions only in manual mode. The D5300 dial is set to M and the camera will let you set the shutter speed. After that, you use the zoon ring, aperture ring and focus ring just like the old days. On a fixed lens, of course, it's just the focus and aperture. I have the camera set for a quick review of the shot, so I can make adjustments. It's not that hard and with practice, I (and you) will become more facile with it.

    It's not the perfect solution, but with practice at focusing and exposure, the phots I've gotten are clear, crisp and a joyful experience.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    5.0

    Brilliant!

    By Nelsoart

    from Grand Rapids, Mi

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video

      Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

      This adapter works brilliantly on my Nikon Camera with the Boyer Topaz Lens that I got! This allows you to use only manual lenses that you can buy for cheap on ebay!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Excellent adapter

      By RRRRonald

      from Riverside CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Allows Use Of My Old Lens
      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Excellent Workmanship
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Lightweight
      • Simple To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Portraits With Softness

        Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

        This adapter allows me to use any and all of my Minolta 35mm lenses on my Nikon D750. My Nikon lenses are too sharp for all my picture taking needs, so I like the softer look of a lens with a bit more spherical aberration of my 135mm Komura lens to lessen the detail in portraits. The adapter is easy on and easy off both the lens and the camera...very simple to use.

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        • No
         
        5.0

        Works As Expected

        By ksasaki_

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

            Easy to use despite its lack of directions and overkill packaging (a box within another box). Solidly built and does its job with no complaints. I think it's been said before but obviously your autofocus will not work and your light meter (at least mine on the d5300) doesn't work.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            This product is well made, affordable. But...

            By Rich

            from Exton, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Saves On Lens Purchases

            Cons

            • Rquires Some Effort Touse

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Slower Deliberate Shoots
            • Travel

            Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

            So far this product had been excellent. I have 12 Minolta MD lenses that were previously useless for digital photography without this adaptor. Now I can use them again. However I am having some problems doing what I hoped to do with it - and these are not the fault of this Pro Lens at all.

            I am using this on a Nikon D5500. For no apparent reason, the D5500 is not willing to use the meter and automatic exposure mode in aperture priority. Sad. I don't see any technical reason the Nikon can't just meter the light coming in and just allow the lens to be used at whatever aperture it is on, and just adjust the shutter like aperture priority is supposed to do. I suppose Nikon didn't really care about us folks with older lenses.

            The moral here is be sure what your digital camera can and can't do with these old lens adaptors. Thank God the focus confirmation still is active on my Nikon D5500 in manual mode. Without a split prisim and microprisim collar in the viewfinder, it's hard to focus precisely manually.

            The other issues I have are minor: I'm so used to my Minolta bayonets turning in one direction, but the Nikon turns in the opposite direction. A habit that will likely take years to unlearn. I'm always fumbling when changing lenses now, trying to remember which way to turn which bayonet.

            These adaptors do have the dot mark on both sides to line up the bayonet position, but in the style of Nikon the dots are white and not red, and they are not rasied to be able to feel without looking. It does have an unlock button so you know the lens is securely attached.

            If you read the description it should be no surprise that this adaptor needs to have a bit of "teleconverter" on it (to make it possible because of the fundamental geometry differences between the MD lens mount and Nikon). I believe it's 1.4X? Add to that my use of the smaller image sensor and even my extremely ultra-wide lens now is no wider than a slightly-wide 35mm normal wide lens for 35mm film. I'd have to spend a small fortune to get a truly wide lens capability again.

            So you should know you loose automatic stop-down and of course auto-focus capabilities. But you also may loose a true wide-angle lens choice especially with an APS-C sized image sensor. You also loose a bit of light as the f-stops are no longer exactly "calibrated". On the plus side your tele lenses are even more tele!

            You may not want to use this if you are shooting on-the-fly with subjects like action sports, children, animals etc. - subjects that demand quick response. This works better for those slower, deliberate photographs like landscape photography. Using a lens old-skool takes more time to handle exposure, focus and stop-down.

            If all that is a acceptable trade-off for using all your old favorite MD lenses (and Minolta lenses are/were excellent!) then this is a very well-made adaptor that looks like something made by Minolta themselves. It's well built, precise, smooth and secure with no wobbles. Definately worth the small price.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Works perfectly

            By Cmwallac

            from Ann Arbor, Mi

            Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

            Great adapter, allows me to use an old 100-300 macro lens with my D750.

            (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            Not for Beginners

            By Sioux ZQ

            from Northern Lower Peninsua, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

              This adapter functions perfectly. However, you must use the aperture ring on the lens and manual focus. If you have a pretty good understanding of the aperture/ISO/shutter triangle, you will do well with this. Image quality is very good but don't expect every image to be tack-sharp. I found that in the middle of the aperture range for the lenses I've tried with it works best. For the money, it's fun to play with some different glass.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Works Fine

              By Frankenstien

              from Austin, TX

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Video

                Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

                This adapter works fine! I use it on my Nikon D5000 and Minolta 55mm f1.7. The reason I gave 4 stars is because, even with expedited shipping, it took quite a while to get here. The address was wrong so it got shipped all the way back to NY from TX. Anyways, it all got sorted out in the end and I'll keep ordering from B&H.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Works Great for Me!

                By JB

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Good Video Quality
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Lightweight
                • Low cost

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Adapting Lenses

                Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

                This product worked great for me and allowed me to use an array of old Minolta MC lenses with my Nikon D5200 DSLR. As mentioned in the description, you lose auto focus (if you use it) and metering. But ultimately, if you know your way around a camera this is irrelevant and you can still develop beautiful photos with a little patience and "old school" light metering. Had I purchased the equivalent Nikon lenses, it would have cost me over 3 grand. Needless to say, this much cheaper option was a better way to go. Also, thanks B&H for the fast shipping. I received this product 2 days after I ordered it. Great service, and I would buy from again.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Worth the effort

                By Richard

                from Pound Ridge, NY

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Preserves An Investment I

                Cons

                • No instructions
                • Only Works In Manual Mode

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about FotodioX Pro Lens Mount Adapter for Minolta MD Lens to Nikon F Mount Camera:

                This adapter allows me to use my old Minolta lenses with my Nikon DSLR. It took a little figuring out, as the adapter came with no instructions. With my D5000, I have to be in full manual mode. It's not worth using with some of the Minolta lenses, as the Nikon lenses work with the camera to focus, adjust speed and aperture, and provide image stabilization. But at least two of the Minolta lenses extend the range of my camera without my having to invest more money.

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                • No

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