Saturday, August 13, 2016

Minolta Rokkor-QF 40mm f1.8 Conversion Part Deux

I first converted this lens with filter ring and glue, as I wrote in this post with more pictures here.  It was a relatively easy conversion so I decided to redo it with the lathe, to hopefully make it look and work better.

Most of the conversion work was already done so this second conversion was pretty quick. I just needed to machine the spacer with the required thickness for infinity focus, drill and tap holes on the lens board and the newly machined spacer to attach them together, and then do the same for the E-Mount adapter, which was original a Rollei to E-Mount adapter with a missing lens release pin, and I decided to to use it as the mount.

The part at the right is the spacer I machined.  The left part goes inside the spacer.

I am quite happy with this particular conversion.  The lens fit together very well with no play and wiggles, except at the mount if you really twist it hard.  I did messed up the spacing of the mount and it's not perfectly centered, and this has the effect of off-setting the aperture index mark slightly.  Not a big deal but I could have done much better.  When I get more adapters, I will redo it, or, my next exercise, make my own E-Mount!  Another small problem is the focusing is not as smooth as I would like, probably because the focus guide hole is a bit tight.  Hopefully I can tweak it and make it feel a bit smoother.

Home made drill bit sleeve for the collet.

For this project, I used the milling attachment that came as part of my lathe.  It was used to mill the path for the focus guide to go through, and also used to hold the parts for drilling, as I don't have a drill press.  There is also a set of collets that came with my lathe but none fit the tiny drill bits, so I made a sleeve from the shaft of a Dremel bit.  A hole was drilled with the same drill bit that this sleeve will hold.  Once the hole was drilled, I cut a slit on one side of the shaft, thinking that should be good enough and it should give and clam on the drill bit when put on the collet.  But because it was made of hard steel, the sleeve didn't clam on the drill bit at all, so I had to cut more slits on the other side and is now working like a charm.

All done.  Looks pretty good, eh?  You can see the aperture index mark is off to one side.

This has been a good exercise for me.  This gives me more confidence that I could do more complex conversions later on.  Below are pictures I took after the new conversion, with the Sony A7.


  1. Yu-Lin, the image of the grass remind of some bokeh rendering of the Pentacon 135mm f2.8: just lovely. Made me look again for a Minoltina of fleaBay that I could convert too. None around at the moment

    1. Yes. I quite like this little lens. I think the Minolta AL-s is quite common so a bit of persistence should pay off :)