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Minolta Upgrading Lenses

Discussion in 'Sony Chat' started by RonM, Oct 8, 2001.

  1. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper

    As a result of enquiries in this forum and for my own information I contacted Minolta UK, for information regarding forthcoming lens developments, here is a copy of the reply I received, which may interest you all.

    >Thank you for your enquiry.

    >The Distance Encoder circuitry is scheduled to be introduced throughout our
    >lens range, over the course of the next couple of years. At present, the
    >following lenses have been introduced, which incorporate this technology.

    >24-105mm AF 'D' zoom
    >100-300mm AF APO 'D' zoom
    >100mm f2.8 Macro 'D'.
    >85mm f1.4 'D'.
    >28-80mm f3.4/5.6 'D' zoom
    >75-300mm f4.5/5.6 'D' zoom

    >We have no specific timetable regarding introduction of this technology to
    >other lenses. We will take the opportunity to upgrade lenses as existing
    >stocks are exhausted.

    >Sorry I missed the other half of your question from my previous reply. We
    >have been studying image-stabilisation for lenses, but no specific plans to
    >introduce this technology have been announced as yet. As soon as any firm
    >plans are announced, we will of course publicise it as widely as possible.

    >Bernard Petticrew
    >Technical Support Manager
    >Photographic Division
    >Minolta (UK) Limited

    It looks as though things are improving for us Minolta users

    <font color=blue><b>RonM
  2. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    More expense eh!, Ron? /img/wwwthreads/smile.gif
    Get out and get shooting!!
  3. RonM

    RonM Alpha Napper

    Got to keep up with these cannon guys and all their fancy do-dah's (keep it clean Will!)

    <font color=blue>RonM
  4. Canonball

    Canonball Well-Known Member

    Where Canon lead.......the rest follow, well most of 'em anyway!

  5. BigWill

    BigWill Gorgeous oversensitive Nikon-loving cream puff

    Oh do da day!
    Big(Managed to keep it clean for once)Will
  6. raminolta

    raminolta Member

    Only in lens tech only, of course. Wireless flash, data saving, and many other features were first introduced by Minolta (not to mention autofocus itself).
    But this competition is not bad for users no matter which brand we use.
    Only if this 7 leaves me alone 8-!
  7. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    No!! The first AF camera was the Konica C-35AF, way back in '77/img/wwwthreads/smile.gif

    Get out and get shooting!!
  8. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    No, the 1976 Polaroid SX-70 Sonar, I believe, even earlier. The Konica was the first 35mm AF camera.

    Nick CRIPN
  9. TimF

    TimF With as stony a stare as ever Lord Reith could hav

    I should have specified that, you're quite right.

    Get out and get shooting!!
  10. SCT

    SCT Well-Known Member

    I thought Canon bought out the first one , AF IR that is , as a opposed to the UltraSonic.

    Steve C Thompson IRIPN
  11. Benchista

    Benchista Which Tyler

    Nope, it was Konica - I think, but it could've been phase detection, in which case you're right, although it was after the Konica. For SLRs, Ricoh were first (with an AF 50mm that worked on any K mount body), and I think Pentax were first to have an SLR body designed for AF lense (the ME-F, which autofocused with a similar lens to the Ricoh but provided a focus confirmation light with other lenses - the OM 30 was similar).
    Minolta produced the first body-integral autofocus SLR, and Canon produced the first body-integral autofocus SLR with individual focus motors in the lenses.

    I think!

    Nick CRIPN
  12. SCT

    SCT Well-Known Member

    Thanks. BTW do you remember those Ultrasonic remotes. Use to drive our dog nuts. This has nothing to do with camera's save the loose link to the Poloroid.

    Steve C Thompson IRIPN
  13. raminolta

    raminolta Member

    After all the information provided here, still there is no absolute tech leading manufacturer.

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