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Sony E body + Minolta SR/MD/MC lens


Minolta SR/MD/MC lenses can be easily adapted to Sony E cameras.

Every Minolta SR/MD/MC lens can be mounted on NEX cameras with the same types of adapters. The length of the adapter is 25.5 mmm and consists of a tube and the SR/MD/MC bayonet lock, and includes a small release button. Three guide plates ensure the stability and safe removal of the lens.

The Minolta SR/MD/MC lenses were designed for fullframe 35mm tapes, therefore they can cover the APS-C and fullframe NEX sensors as well.

Another option for the SR/MD/MC-NEX is the tilt-shift adapter, which can create a tilt-shift SR/MD/MC lens in no time. You can find them here:

A further option, the macro adapter comes with an adjustable ring, which allows to increase distance between the lens and the sensor. This quasi-macro mode will leave you without infinity focus, but the near focus point will be closer. The imaging won't be altered much by this. Macro adapters can be found on eBay:

There are adapters for SR/MD/MC lenses with speedbooster which shrinks the full-frame image to the size of the APS-C sensor (NEX bodies, like A6000, A6300, A6500) sensor:

Minolta's interchangeable lens SLR system's lock is officially called SR (that's the name of its bayonet lock). The original version has been manufactured between 1958-1967, and the frames they were manufactured for didn't support either TTL photometry or automatic modes. The original version of the SR, the MC was released in 1966 was the first to support TTL photometry (the lock is still an SR!). The second version named MD was released in 1977 (this version was able to provide feedback on the lowest aperture setting. The bayonet lock is still an SR, thus all three lenses have basically the same fixture type (they had different features only on their originally intended cameras). Converting them to digital cameras the SR/MD/MC markings mean no difference and are fully compatible.

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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.