Crossroads regarding Minolta

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Jason, Jul 25, 2003.

  1. Jason

    Jason Guest

    I have been putting off buying some better glass for my Minlota Maxxum in
    hopes that ANY information regarding when/if a future Digital body will be
    introduced that will use current lenses. I have been getting by with the
    lens basics (24-85mm 3.5-4.5, 100-300mm APO 4.5-5.6, 28mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4) and
    now I want to purchase either a 200mm 2.8 or 70-200mm 2.8 with a 1.4x APO
    converter (Minolta Brand) or even a Minolta 300mm 2.8. to use for fast
    action sports. (opinions on a best idea here appreciated also) Not sure of
    what exactly I will get, but the costs are enough that I need to decide if I
    want to switch to Canon at this time or not. I really like my Minolta gear,
    but I know that I will be going digital in the near future and I am really
    tempted by the Canon products. Anyone heard anything from the Minds of
    Minolta lately?
     
    Jason, Jul 25, 2003
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  2. Jason

    Alan Browne Guest


    Jason,

    Minolta are famously mum about emerging products. There are opinions
    based on their business position that say, "no way, they'll focus on
    consumer and office" and other that say, "hey, with the new top end USM
    lenses, they'd need a DSLR before the pro's adapt those high end lenses."

    A few weeks ago rumours emerged from Germany that indeed a DSLR would
    come out in the fall, and that Minolta will release no less than 12 new
    lenses.

    [As a side bar, 12 new lenses could mean real trouble to us folks with
    Maxxum lenses if those 12 lenses are aimed at a new camera body; for
    instance based on the Olympus 4/3 sensor. Ouch or yummy, depending on
    your POV and how far the 4/3 can go in density. Ouch for us with
    $10,000+ of Maxxum glass; yummy in that the 4/3 can give you equivalent
    magnification in smaller and presumably cheaper lenses.]

    Thing is: we don't know ... but in 2004 I will likely begin migrating to
    Canon if Minolta don't get out of the rut and come up with a Maxxum DSLR.

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Jul 25, 2003
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    Wes J Guest

    I for one hope Minolta comes out guns ablazin! After all it was Minolta
    that got the whole AF craze in gear. Maybe they will do the 4/3 system, or
    do like Nikon is doing in making DX style lenses and still being able to use
    the film Nikkors. Or even full frame? This is getting fun!
     
    Wes J, Jul 27, 2003
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  4. Jason

    PHD Guest

    Minolta <sic> are famously mum about emerging products. Thing is: we don't
    know ... but in 2004 I will likely begin migrating to Canon if Minolta don't
    get out of the rut and come up with a Maxxum DSLR.

    <snip>

    I agree. I am a long time Minolta enthusiast, yet as with others, I too am
    tiring of their secrecy -- or possible indecisiveness. The industry and the
    technology is moving too fast for Minolta to assume the luxury of being so
    slow in introducing new products to the market. Consumers will view this as
    a corporate lethargy, as well as a possibility that Minolta is bailing out
    of the arena.

    As for me, I need to migrate to digital within the next 6-12 months. Minolta
    fans need a quantum leap in technology, as occurred with AF. Otherwise, my
    substantial investment in the Minolta system will become quaint paperweights
    if Minolta doesn't give me something to feed on.

    Wake up, Minolta!!!
     
    PHD, Jul 28, 2003
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