What’s Old Is New To Me

Last weekend one of our neighbors stopped by and handed me something.

“I thought maybe you could use this.”

It was a old Minolta SR-mount Lens – 80-200 mm, with a manual aperture ring ranging from 3.9 to 22. It’s an MC revision, which means the lens was manufactured between 1966 and 1977. It’s vintage!

I was never really interested in adapted lenses on my Nikon. I’m terrible with manual focus and could never get my images looking right when I tried. Since moving to mirrorless, however, I’ve benefitted from focus peeking in the electronic viewfinder 1. So adapted lenses now have a nice geeky appeal. So, after determining that this would be a fun lens to play with, I picked up a $13 SR to MFT adapter on Amazon and waited for it to arrive. Today was the first day I was able to be out with it in decent light. It was fun.

At first I found myself wondering why my light meeter was showing everything to be under-exposed when my shutter speed approached 100. But when I remembered I had to set my aperture manually I realized I was shooting at ƒ/22. Once I opened the aperture up shooting became easier 2. One of my favorite shots from my abbreviated photowalk is below, I like this lens enough that I think I’ll take it with me when I travel! It’s heavy, but it’s fun to shoot with.

Fall sunlight filtered by gold & orange leaves.
Panasonic G7 with adapted Minolta SR-MC 80-200 mm lens • 80 mm • ISO 200 • ƒ/3.9 • 1/500 sec

  1. I didn’t think focus peeking worked with adapted lenses – but it does, which is awesome. 
  2. Duh. 


  1. Jamison says:

    Part of me wishes I had saved some of my old lenses. Would have been fun to experiment with.

    1. wezlo says:

      It really, is fun. I think I’ll look for more lenses with this mount.

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