As usual with eBay, I had a look round and found a 55mm Cokin A Adapter, Holder and Lens Cap, so I had to have that too....
The SRT 101 uses the Rokkor MC lenses (meter coupled) - you can use others, but you won't be able to use the in-camera light meter. This is because in order to give you a correct reading the camera has to know what aperture you're using, and the MC does this with a simple mechanical connection.
As you spin the aperture ring on the lens, a lever connects to the camera and adjusts the light-meter indicator, allow you to change the shutter speed for a correct exposure.
Then lens I got is a 135mm F3.5 Prime, which means that it has a fixed focal length (135mm!), so no zoom here! I guess this gets me just under 3 times closer than my F1.4 50mm, so it should be great for trying to capture the local wildlife without getting too close. The other use for this sort of lens is portraits - by standing back and using the 135mm (on a tripod) I should be able to shoot some very nice people shots.
It has a smaller aperture than my 50mm - F3.5 vs F1.4, so I guess you'd say it was a lot "slower", but it does go all the way down to F22 - which funnily enough will be great for landscapes (even though the telephoto nature of the lens isn't) - but as long as I use a tripod and exercise some thoughtful composition, I think I can come up with some interesting shots.
The length of the lens is distorted in the above shot - it isn't that big honest! It is quite heavy though, especially when compared to my Digital Fujifilm - so I'll be shooting handheld up at least 1/150th of a second to avoid camera shake. Its going to add quite a bit of mass to my camera bag too!
How much did I pay? £6.00 plus p&p. Bargain!
I've done a little bit of research, and I now understand that my SRT 101 will accept MC and the more common MD lenses - time to search eBay for a nice wide-angle!
The beauty of the Cokin A Filter system came into play with this purchase. I've already got a Polariser, Grad, Star, Spot, and numerous coloured filters for my Fujifilm S5700 - so all I needed to do was order a 55mm thread adapter and I could use them on the Minolta.
I found the cheapest (£1.99) on eBay, and it came with a holder and lens cap too, so a must-have purchase. Just gotta find some nice landscapes now....
Pics coming soon!