Monster LA-VE2 Minolta Vectis Mount Adapter Now Available on Amazon

The Monster LA-VE2 AF adapter for E-mount is a Minolta AF adapter that can now be purchased on Amazon.

MonsterAdapter LA-VE2 is an electronic lens adapter to mount Minolta Vectis interchangeable lenses to Sony E-mount cameras with Autofocus enabled. It is an upgraded version of the previous MonsterAdapter LA-VE1, which is only MF capable.

Key Features

  • Adapting all 8 Minolta Vectis interchangeable lenses to E-mount cameras
  • Autofocus and auto-exposure AF tracking enabled on selected cameras
  • Real-time Eye AF and tracking enabled on selected cameras
  • Compact and lightweight design

Size: Approximate 62 x 65.5 x 23.2mm
Weight: Approximate 60g (2.1oz)

Included items:

  • Mount adapter LA-VE2 x 1
  • E-mount Rear cap x 1
  • Warranty Card x 1
  • Printed User’s Manual x 1

Warranty: 1 Year
Manufacturer: Shenzhen Muohuan Optics-electrical technology Co., Ltd.
Origin: Shenzhen, China

Background of Minolta Vectis interchangeable lens system
The Minolta V-mount was a new AF SLR system (Vectics Series) launched in 1996, which was parallel to Minolta’s famous Alpha A-mount system .

The V-mount provides electronic control of both focus and aperture like what Canon EOS system can do, and offers a compact lens system compatible with APS film, which is slightly smaller than 35mm film(crop factor about 1.4x). All 8 V-mount lenses released were supposed to be high quality for the coming digital camera era, however, these V-mount lenses were only designed to be controlled electronically by the body with motorized focusing drive, which makes them impossible to be used on today’s mirrorless cameras without a proper electronic adapter. With a mechanical adapter, they don’t work and the MF ring simply cannot be turned. This was a significant drawback of these lenses for those who like to use them with the current mirrorless bodies.

This Vectis system has a total of eight lenses, three primes and five zooms as follows:

  • 17mm F3.5
  • 50mm F3.5 Marco 1:2
  • 400mm F8 Reflex
  • 22-80mm F4-5.6
  • 25-150mm F4.5-6.3
  • 28-56mm F4-5.6
  • 56-170mm F4.5-5.6
  • 80-240mm F4.5-5.6 APO

The 17mm F3.5 was introduced along with Minolta’s RD3000, equivalent to a classic 28mm lens.

The 400mm F8 Reflex, which was then designed to autofocus on the Vectis S-1, S100 or RD3000, is now able to autofocus again with the LA-VE2, becoming only the second AF capable mirror lens next to the famous Minolta 500mm Reflex.

In 1996, Minolta realized the design of built-in focus motor, electronic focus ring, electromagnetic aperture, electronic AF switch, and Weather sealing for V series lenses. These designs are not outdated till now. So, LA-VE2 is the best choice for you to try Vectis lenses.

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