Konica Minolta Get Out Of Cameras

Darren wrote this at 10:15 pm:

Konica Minolta has announced that it is withdrawing from the camera and photo business. They will be transferring photographic assets to Sony, who are planning to continue supporting Maxxum/Dynax lenses on new cameras.

You can read both Konica Minolta’s and Sony’s press releases at DPReview.

Konica Minolta Announces 35 mm F/1.4 Lens

Darren wrote this at 9:48 am:

Konica Minolta has announced the development of a new interchangeable lens designed for the Maxxum line of digital and 35mm film SLR cameras – the Konica Minolta AF 35 mm F1.4G (D).

The lens will become available in Spring 2006.

More details can be found in the press release over at DP Review.

Konica-Minolta and Sony Team Up

Darren wrote this at 7:18 pm:

Konica Minolta and Sony have announced an agreement to jointly develop digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) cameras. I can’t really tell from the press release whether they’re each developing their own line of bodies that share the Konica Minolta lens mount, or if they’re working together on a single line of DSLR body – it just says they “will begin joint development of advanced and feature-rich digital SLR cameras”.

You can read the press release at DPReview.

Konica-Minolta New Lenses and DSLR

Darren wrote this at 9:25 am:

Konica-Minolta has announced the new Dynax/Maxxum 5D digital SLR. This is a smaller and lighter sibling to the Maxxum 7D, designed to compete with entry-level DSLRs such as Nikon’s D50 and Canon’s EOS 350D. It does still have the same in-camera anti-shake system as the 7D, though. Read the press release and specs over at DPReview.

They have also announced several new lenses for the Dynax/Maxxum series of SLRs:

  • AF 35mm f/1.4 G lens
  • AF DT 18-70mm f/3.5-5.6 (D)
  • AF DT 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 (D)
  • AF DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 (D)

Again, the press releases are available at DPReview here for the 35mm prime, and here for the other three.

New Page – Maxxum 7D Reviews

Darren wrote this at 9:34 pm:

A new page has been added – Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D Reviews – to collect together information from various sources about the new Konica-Minolta Maxxum 7D (also known as the Dynax 7D in some countries).

Sigma 180mm f3.5 APO EX DG HSM

Darren wrote this at 7:16 pm:

Sigma has just announced a new 180mm f/3.5 telephoto macro lens designed specifically for use with digital cameras. It is compatible with Sigma, Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Konica Minolta DSLRs.

Features include:

  • New multi-layer coating for minimising flare and ghost.
  • HSM models ensure fast and silent autofocusing with full- time manual focus override.
  • Accepts both 1.4X and 2X APO EX Tele-Converters.

For more information, see the Sigma press release at DPReview.

The Great DSLR Shoot-Out

Darren wrote this at 12:14 am:

Popular Photography and Imaging has just published The Great DSLR Shoot-Out. They put up nine sub-$2,500 DSLRs head-to-head, comparing features and performance to help you decide which one is right for you.

The cameras reviewed are:

  • Canon EOS 20D
  • Canon EOS 300D (Digital Rebel)
  • Fujifilm Finepix S3 Pro
  • Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D
  • Nikon D70
  • Olympus E-1
  • Olympus Evolt E-300
  • Pentax *ist DS
  • Sigma SD10

The article is in PDF format, so you can print it out and analyse it in detail when shopping for a digital SLR.