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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2010
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I thought its a very well made product for the price, the only thing I didn't like was there were no instructions on how to use it with your camera. A simple note saying, set camera to shoot without lens and use aperture priority would have been nice. As it was I had to e-mail the company to find this out.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on August 25, 2010
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Adapter shipped very quickly. This unit came properly machined for use with Minolta MC or MD mount lenses on a Micro Four Thirds camera. Mounts to camera body flush, and no light leakage is detected. Lenses attach and detach smoothly. I would buy again from this seller.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2011
I'm quite happy that I can now use my old Minolta MD lens collection on my Panasonic Lumix GH1 camera - it really broadens what I can do with the camera and saves me money on lenses.

My only complaint is that it seems that the product I received doesn't exactly match that shown in the photo. Its just an aesthetics thing, but believe it or not it was one of the reasons I went with the Fotodiox brand rather than a slightly cheaper auction model. The version received looks more like those found on eBay.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 20, 2011
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I really enjoy the process of shooting with manual lenses, so it was an easy decision to spend a little bit of money on an adapter to use my Minolta MD lenses with my Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2.

While the Fotodiox Adapter doesn't come with instructions, the process is pretty straight forward:
1) On Panasonic bodies, you need to select the option to "Shoot Without Lens" There are no electrical contacts on the Fotofiox adapter so the camera doesn't know if there's a lens attached or not. The consequence of this is that in the EXIF data, your camera will not be able to record focal length or aperture information.
2) Set the camera to Aperture Priority, so it can automatically meter eg. given your combination focal length and aperture setting, the camera will automatically adjust the shutter speed and/or ISO sensitivity.
3) When mounting the adapter to the camera, note that red alignment dots are recessed into the surface of the mount. There is one dot for where the adapter goes into the camera, and another dot for where the MD lens attaches.
4) To remove the lenses, just press on the silver pin and twist.

Overall, the Fotodiox Lens Mount Adapter works as advertised and allows for infinity-focus, but I found that the tolerances aren't tight. While it mounts well enough to my camera, the same cannot be said about the MD mount. Unfortunately, even in the locked position, my lenses can still twist around a tad bit from left-right. This isn't enough to cause light leakage and the lens won't move under its own weight or fall out or anything, but it's definitely noticeable and distracting. For example, when you reach the infinity-focus stop, the entire lens sometimes twists in the mount. The only other adapter I have is the Voigtlander Nikon F to Micro 4/3 Adapter, and it has absolutely no "slack" whatsoever.

In the end, this Fotodiox adapter does the job, but strictly speaking, it doesn't do it particularly well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2012
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The Fotodiox adapter is made of metal, which means it is very sturdy, but heavier than most m4/3 lenses.
When mated to a minolta MD lens, your little m4/3 camera approaches the weight of a DSLR.
However, the point of this adapter is to use the excellent yet cheap Minolta lenses available on eBay (or in your collection), and it does that very well.
There is the tiniest bit of sliding between the lens and the adapter, but you'll only notice it when mounting/unmounting the lens.
The lens does not move at all during use.

Using a 50mm 1.4 lens with this adapter gives you the equivalent of a superfast 100mm with the depth of field of an f/2.8.
This combo is perfect for portraits.

On the Olympus OM-D all you have to do is put the camera in A or M mode and it works.
You can set the focal length in the stabilization menu (for flash calculations, warnings and metadata purposes).
You can also reassign one of the Fn buttons to the "Magnification" function to help in focusing manually
Even though the magnification defaults to 7x, you can press "info" to change it to 5x, 10x or 14x.
It is quite easy to focus this way.

Finally, the camera looks really cool with the MD lens attached.
So far I have only tried the adapter on MD lenses (I don't have any MCs).
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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This is a worthwhile addition for anyone who is switching to micro 4/3 format camera and has older lenses from SLR's. The adapter fits well and is easy to use.

$30 for this adapter makes several hundred dollars of lenses useful again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 9, 2013
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This is a great product. All the old Minolta lenses I had sitting in my closet are once again usable. It's a cool idea that with one of these, or the many other ones made for specific companies, we can revive old lenses. That said, boy am I spoiled with autofocus, auto iris, etc. Either way, this adapter makes for a fun way to play with old lenses, and is cheap enough to justify.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2012
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I bought a micro 4/3 camera in order to use my closet full of older lenses from different manufacturers. This lens adapter has worked quite well with the Minolta MD/MC lenses I have used. In fact the problem is more with the camera: focusing on the LED screen in any kind of bright light is difficult. What I see so far is the the linear and chromatic distortion in many of these older lenses is superior to what I am seeing on newer, more expensive auto-focus lenses of equivalent focal length. Of course the 4/3 camera sensor mainly sees the "sweet spot" of the image thrown by the lens because of the effective doubling of focal length. THe combination of a micro 4/3 camera and lens adapters is a great toy for anyone with an extensive collection of older film based gear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is a super good fit, well built and shipped fast. Its allows me to use all the old minolta primes I have found at yard sales over the years on my micro 4/3. What more could you want???
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
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This adapter from Fotodiox does exactly what it claims by allowing me to use my extensive collection of old Minolta manual focus lenses with my Panasonic Lumix GH1. Worth every penny.
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