Konica Minolta pulling out of photography

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Whiskers, Jan 19, 2006.

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    Whiskers Guest

    19 JAN 2006
    Konica Minolta Announces Withdrawal Plan for Camera Business and Photo
    Business <http://konicaminolta.com/releases/2006/0119_03_01.html>

    | [...]
    | Sony is planning to develop digital SLR cameras compatible with
    | Maxxum/Dynax lens mount system, so that the current Maxxum/Dynax users
    | will be able to continue to use them with Sony's digital SLR cameras. In
    | addition, we will consign camera service operations for Konica Minolta,
    | Konica, Minolta brand cameras and related equipment to Sony.
    | [...]
    | For color film and color paper, while considering our customer needs, we
    | will step-by-step reduce product lineup and cease our color film and color
    | paper production by the end of fiscal year ending March 31, 2007.
    | For minilab business, we will cease production of the system by the end of
    | fiscal year ending March 31, 2006; however we will have such company as
    | Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd to provide maintenance and customer services so as
    | not to cause any inconvenience to our customers.
    | [...]

    19 JAN 2006
    Partial Transfer of Certain Assets Related to Digital SLR cameras

    19 JAN 2006
    Consignment of Service and Maintenance Operations for Minilabs
    Whiskers, Jan 19, 2006
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    Stan Beck Guest

    Yes, I saw this this morning. It is a bit unsettling when companies do
    this - like Nikon pullling out of the film camera business, and Kodak
    abandoning film. It seems like research on what camera to buy now has to
    include a look at the corporate report, too.

    My opinion is that Nikon should have just phased out the camera lines , a
    few at a time, rather than announcing that it was discontinuing so many at
    once. It wouldn' scare away as many customers.

    As for Minolta - if you are bailing out altogether, I guess it doesn't make
    much difference.

    Stan Beck
    From New Orleans to Brandon MS

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    Stan Beck, Jan 19, 2006
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    dj_nme Guest

    For me, it is sad, but not hugely surprising.
    After Minolta was the first to release a DSLR (the rd 175), they then
    basicaly seemed to sit on their hands while Canon and Nikon were able to
    pretty much take the whole field for themselves.
    Stay still long enough and the world passes you by.
    We (the camera buying public) probably wouldn't have noticed too much if
    Nikon has just started to gradualy phase out their film camera range,
    rather than this public "falling on the sword".
    Camera, lens and film company stops making all three.
    So what on earth will KM do now?
    dj_nme, Jan 20, 2006
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    Stan Beck Guest

    Stan Beck
    From New Orleans to Brandon MS

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    Do they still make copiers? ;)
    Stan Beck, Jan 21, 2006
  5. I predicted this would happen when they shut down shop in Canada.
    Once Canada goes, so is the U.S. next to follow I said; and thus we
    the latest sad news. I considered getting the KM A200, as for those
    who bought into it, or their DSLR, you got shafted.
    Mr.Bolshoyhuy, Jan 21, 2006
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    dj_nme Guest

    This this like saying that last years camera is now useless because the
    company released a newer version, despite there being absolutely nothing
    physicaly/electricaly wrong witht the older camera!

    How did they get shafted?

    If the digicam works few years, which is quite likely with KM products,
    the camera owners will get value for money.
    Or, do you think KM cameras will all similtaniously stop working when
    the anouncement reaches their owner?
    dj_nme, Jan 21, 2006
  7. ok, let's say I get a Mazda today.
    Tomorrow, Mazda gets out of the auto biz and into the 8-track and beta
    I'd feel shafted as A) I as a consumer wasnt warned B)they wanted to
    sell off
    as many cars and extended warranties as they could prior to posting the
    notice C) as a loyal Mazda consumer I'd have 2nd thoughts about buying
    any auto ever again and would
    ride the bike.
    Mr.Bolshoyhuy, Jan 21, 2006
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    Jasen Guest

    Yes, but I'd be highly surprised that the DSLRs that come out of Sony will
    be worse than what KM are already known for. You forget that the KM design
    team is part of the deal. I will happily buy a Sony KM DSLR, because I
    believe they will be fine and also compatible with my existing system.
    Also, my 7D will probably last at least 10 years.......my 7000i has lasted
    15, no problems!
    Jasen, Jan 21, 2006
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    Whiskers Guest

    So you will be throwing away all your cameras and taking up the brush
    instead? ;))

    If market prices for Konica Minolta photographic products are forced down
    by some people being reluctant to buy into a 'defunct brand', then the
    more thoughtful buyers will be able to get some nice bargains. So I can
    see some retailers being rather put out. A lot will depend on how Sony
    manage things.
    Whiskers, Jan 21, 2006
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    QX Guest

    I can say from experience that their medical-imaging systems are
    Excellent. We have been using their Xpress CR (Computed Radiography)
    imaging system in a high volume (17 physician) orthopaedic clinic for
    several months now. We are all very happy with the system and
    especially the image quality. Incredible detail compared to the film
    system we did away with.

    QX, Jan 21, 2006
  11. Right, I can't imagine that Sony will not use the same lens mount - that is
    how they'll sell to those who have already invested in the KM system.
    Peter A. Stavrakoglou, Jan 21, 2006
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    Stan Beck Guest

    Actually, I didn't say what you quoted, but your point is well taken. There
    is more than the consumer market.

    Stan Beck
    From New Orleans to Brandon MS

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    Stan Beck, Jan 21, 2006
  13. "if market prices for Konica Minolta photographic products are forced
    by some people being reluctant to buy into a 'defunct brand',

    Do you really think people will buy a Sony _just_ because they took
    over KM?
    I've never bought a Sony, Nikon, Canon, _just_ because they are over
    you end up paying for the brand NOT any features.
    People bought KM because you get more for less.
    Mr.Bolshoyhuy, Jan 21, 2006
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    Whiskers Guest

    Of course not. My point is (a) the price of current Konica Minolta
    products may well become even more attractive to those who like the
    products, while stocks last, because some customers will be deterred from
    buying them following the company's announcement that they are withdrawing
    from the market; and (b) if Sony do continue to market decent kit that is
    compatible with Minolta cameras and lenses, then the second-hand value of
    Minolta items is likely to be better than it would be if there were no
    Well, some people may have done ;)) Sadly, too few to keep the company

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    Whiskers, Jan 22, 2006
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