18 Facts About Minolta


On 19 January 2006, Konica Minolta announced that it was leaving the camera and photo business, and that it would sell a portion of its SLR camera business to Sony as part of its move to pull completely out of the business of selling cameras and photographic film.

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In 1950, Minolta developed a planetarium projector, the first-ever made in Japan, beginning the company's connection to astronomical optics.

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In 1958, Minolta introduced its SR-2 single lens reflex 35mm camera which was equipped with a bayonet mount and instant return mirror.

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In 1966 Minolta introduced the SR-T line which included TTL metering.

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Minolta SLRs lacked important professional features such as a motor drive, removable pentaprism, and removable back.

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Minolta cameras appealed to amateur photographers with their lower prices and high-quality optics.

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Leitz needed expertise in camera body electronics, and Minolta felt that they could learn from Leitz's optical expertise.

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Minolta purchased the patent rights to autofocus lens technology from Leica Camera in the 1970s.

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The round Minolta logo was developed by Art Director Herbert Clark with internationally renowned designer Saul Bass.

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Minolta invested in APS film-format cameras, most notably with the Vectis line of SLR cameras beginning in 1996.

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Minolta introduced features that became standard in all brands a few years later.

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Standardized features that were first introduced on Minolta models included multisensor light metering coupled to multiple AF sensors, automatic flash balance system, wireless TTL flash control, TTL-controlled full-time flash sync, and speedy front and rear wheels for shutter and aperture control.

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Special features introduced by Minolta are interactive LCD viewfinder display, setup memory, expansion program cards, eye-activated startup, and infrared frame counter.

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Minolta made one last attempt to enter the amateur and professional market with the Maxxum 9 in 1998, followed by the Maxxum 7 in 2000, which used a full LCD readout on the rear of the camera.

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Minolta had a line of digital point-and-shoot cameras to compete in the digital photography market.

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Minolta created a new category of "bridge cameras, " with the introduction of the DiMAGE 7.

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Minolta later innovated in this line by being the first manufacturer to integrate a mechanical antishake system.

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In January 2002, Minolta again created a new category of camera, introducing the Minolta DiMAGE X, an ultracompact digital with a 3x folded zoom lens.

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