Minolta dropping out

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by The Reid, Jan 20, 2006.

  1. The Reid

    The Reid Guest

    I wonder what the future holds for Minolta models when they go to
    Sony.
     
    The Reid, Jan 20, 2006
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  2. The Reid

    Tony Polson Guest


    When a company (Sony) that has never made SLR cameras, and is
    struggling to make money out of its digital camera range, takes over a
    DSLR product line from a well respected and highly experienced company
    (Konica Minolta) that has completely failed to make it pay, what do
    you expect the result will be? Realistically?
     
    Tony Polson, Jan 20, 2006
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  3. Which Minolta products?
     
    John Cartmell, Jan 20, 2006
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  4. The Reid

    The Reid Guest

    Following up to Tony Polson
    doesn't sound encouraging, does it.
     
    The Reid, Jan 20, 2006
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  5. The Reid

    The Reid Guest

    Following up to John Cartmell
    cameras? Lens? Slide scanners?
     
    The Reid, Jan 20, 2006
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  6. Roger Whitehead, Jan 20, 2006
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  7. The Reid

    Duncan Allan Guest

    As with so many companies consolidating their market positions in the face
    of sophisticated electronics in the digital market, as with Pentax/Samsung
    for example Minolta is no exception.

    Sony have a way of turning their hands to most things and been very
    successful doing so. So I see no reason to believe that they wouldn't be
    daft to buy up the rights to Minolta without a serious commitment to the
    marketplace they are entering. They have the R&D and the money to develop
    products, albeit perhaps mass consumer market to semi-pro levels and
    continue the marque to a better market penetration.

    The Sony Erricson phones are a prime example of how they developed that
    market and with Minolta as a flagship brad they will do well. It is a
    stronger following in the US than in Europe and as their main market is US
    and Japan I doubt that whatever happens here will matter as long as those
    markets hold up.

    Collaboration and assimilations is the name of the game as the stakes and
    the costs rise as the market matures into digital. Consumers demand a
    greater level of technology whilst the price drops through the floor.
    Today's top model is yesterdays has been and only those with the clout can
    face up to that new regime.

    Duncan
     
    Duncan Allan, Jan 21, 2006
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  8. The Reid

    Trev Guest

    Just one point They will not be branded KM but Sony Using KM Lens mounts
    and the D5/D7 technology
     
    Trev, Jan 21, 2006
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