Then get an A100. But, get the kit with the 18-70 or 18-200 lens. Why? Digital SLR's have a smaller sensor than 36mm film, so a 28mm wide-angle lens becomes equivalent to a 42mm normal lens. The existing lenses won't offer wide angle, or autofocus...
From the research I've done, the Sony A100 seems to be compatiblewith many of the old Minolta lens. I've taken a look at a MinoltaLens site that seems to be chock full of info, but for someone thatis not really in the camera world, it seemed a bit confusing..
Sorry, but your father has the older non-Maxxum-compatible lenses, which means that he can't use any of his lenses on a Sony dSLR..
Well, that's not entirely true... there used to be a teleconverter adapter available that allowed you to mount MD/Rokkor-X lenses on a Maxxum (and therefore Sony) body, but there are several problems with this:- loss of at least 1 stop of light.
- The Sony crop factor is already 1.5X adding a teleconverter would make that 3X or 4.5X. That's an advantage only for telephoto lenses.- You would lose autofocus ability.- Your meter will not function as accurately..
Therefore, your best bet is to put your dad's lenses up on Ebay or donate them to a museum and start afresh with a good dSLR and kit lens. Then, if your dad really wants to invest in another lens or accessories, he could do what he wants..
Are there other options, not including expensive adapters, that wouldwork with these lens?.
None that I know of..
You're welcome! This may turn out to be a good thing, as you and your father can choose from scratch and you could inherit the system you yourself really want!.
Right, those older Minolta lenses are unusable, for practical purposes, on the Sony Alpha. Those older lenses are no tie to any brand of digital SLR..
Have a look at the Sony A100, and the Pentax K100D, both have Shake Reduction built in the body. Try either with the Sony/Pentax/Tamron 18-250 zoom lens (Tamron makes it for all names) but that lens alone is ~$499. Your dad will be in heaven with either camera and that lens - no more changing lenses, and that itself opens a lot of shooting possibilities..
But get the Sony or Pentax with it's standard "kit" lens first - you can add the 18-250 zoom later, if you or your dad wants to..
The feel of the camera is very personal. I would say the Sony Alpha has a closer 'feel' to the SRT-102. But your dad could prefer the feel of the Pentax now..
(I have the Pentax and an SRT-102.)..
Thanks for all the feedback. I'm disappointed about the usability of the old lens, but then again, HE probably never expected them to be an option. The Pentax looks like an interesting option. At some point, I will clearly need to just to tell him, "This is a xmas present," go try some out at the store. I'm assuming all of these cameras are strong in the manual focus category, which has always been one of his main issues with new cameras...
All DSLR's and all DSLR lenses offer manual focus. However, a lot of lenses have very poor manual focus rings. They're an afterthought. Not too surprising since little manual focus goes on. A lot of what people call manual focus is really focusing in auto, then switching it to manual to keep it at that point. Many lenses no longer have distance scales, either...