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Sony/Minolta A body + A lens


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Better not rush that: the A series have been designed by the Minolta with a flange focal depth of 44.5 mm. It was branded Maxxum in North America, while using Alpha in other regions. The mark 7000 body, motor, AF system and 11 lenses were introduced in 1985, followed by numerous other versions. You can find a detailed list here.

When Sony acquisitioned the camera division of Konica Minolta in 2006, the A bayonet has been continued and the "Sony α" bodies also appeared on the market. Among these were not only DSLR bodies, but also SLT and mirrorless (E-mount) cameras. This means that the "A" refers not only to Sony Alpha parts, but every item eqipped with an A bayonet lock.

The newer Sony A cameras support the older A/Maxxum lenses, and they can also be converted to be used with Sony E bodies (see: E body + A lens).

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In terms of compatibility, we distinguish four separate categories:

This means that you'll be able to apply the lens on the camera in question with a proper adapter, and full focus range will be available with it (often with aperture control too). If AF is supported, you'll see it in the description.
This means that due to the flange focal depth or other factor this conversion would be normally unfeasible, but with some compromises (e.g. using a speedbooster adapter) can be made possible.
This means that the flange focal depth should make mounting and using inifinty focus possible, but for some reason there are no adapter rings available or other factors make it unviable.
This means that you won't be able to mount your lens due to mechanical incompatibility or the difference in flange focal depth doesn't make inifinity focus possible. Although numerous lenses can be mounted on cameras without infinity focus, but this cannot be considered actual compatibility.

Additional information for compatible variations:

manual focus (on the lens, with its own control ring)
autofocus available (AF controlled by the camera body)
manual aperture control (on the lens, with its own control ring)
automatic aperture control (controlled by the camera body)
speedbooster (focal reducer) adapters are available
macro (variable length) adapters are available
tilt-shift (or other flexible) adapters can be used

If you'd like to read more in-depth about compatiblity, you'll need to get familiar with flange focal depth, see this article.