Minolta DSLR, there might still be some hope.

Discussion in 'Minolta' started by Elie A Shammas, Oct 18, 2003.

  1. I came across this article on photo.net's newsgroup. It is a reply by
    Minolta:

    "Thank you for your patronage of Minolta products. With regard to your
    inquiry concerning digital camera with interchangeable lenses, watching
    carefully the movement of key elements development and market, as a
    manufacturer marketing SLR system, we are studying such product as
    carrying uniqueness only Konica Minolta can realize. We regret to advise
    that specific announcement cannot be given yet, however, Konica Minolta
    Camera Inc. is earnestly pursuing the development and will inform
    concerned parties about the results of our studies during the first half
    of the next year."

    Original link:
    http://www.photo.net/bboard/q-and-a-fetch-msg?msg_id=006FEa
     
    Elie A Shammas, Oct 18, 2003
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  2. Elie A Shammas

    Alan Browne Guest

    Thanks,

    Not exactly a glowing ray of hope, but we desperate Minolta users will
    hang on to what we've got...!

    Cheers,
    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 18, 2003
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  3. Elie A Shammas

    Leicaddict Guest

    Looking at the engineering & craft that these two powerhouses bring to the
    table: Konica Hexar, Konica RF, Konica lenses; Minolta lenses, CL, CLE,
    partnership with Leica, first AF system, etc; I'd hardly be down in the
    mouth. Digital is still sorting itself out. Nikon, within the past year, has
    switched formats they say they'll support twice; first it was the small
    format, and now it's the full format. All I've got to say, is when
    Konia/Minolta do release, hold on to your seats! Beside Alan, with that
    5400, your OK for the next several years. I do know that if Konia/Minolta
    were to bring out a digita M RF that took Leica M lenses, they couldn't make
    them fast enough. You know every dentist and architect in the world would
    want one.
     
    Leicaddict, Oct 18, 2003
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  4. The spec's are online somewhere - it's currently named the Minolta 'Zeus' if
    I remember rightly. I wondered if that's got something to do with Zeus being
    the ruler of Mt Olympus???

    Simon
     
    Simon Stanmore, Oct 18, 2003
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  5. See this ... http://www.swissarmyfork.com/dslr_table_1.htm ... I remember
    reading how the site owner came by this info' and its source seemed somewhat
    reliable

    Simon
     
    Simon Stanmore, Oct 18, 2003
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  6. Elie A Shammas

    Magnus W Guest

    You better hope those specs aren't correct. If they are, and that camera is
    going to be launched in 2004, we are looking at a serious case of "too
    little too late".
     
    Magnus W, Oct 23, 2003
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    Deathwalker Guest

    i believe contax have had a full size 35mm sensor since november 2002.
     
    Deathwalker, Oct 23, 2003
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  8. Elie A Shammas

    Alan Browne Guest


    That's the same 'rumor' source material that went around a couple months
    ago. We can still hope it's reliabale, of course...
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 23, 2003
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  9. Elie A Shammas

    Alan Browne Guest


    Why too little? a 3000 x 2000 -> 6 Mpix. Decent enough I'd say ...just
    a hair short of the 10D in pix and 3200 ISO is quite good.

    If true, they will likely follow up with a higher density/larger sensor
    at a later date...

    Comparing the 10D res chart to the Nikon D100 res chart (same Sony
    ICX413AQ sensor that the "Zeus" will be using according to the chart
    above), the Sony sensor appears to be slightly better on resolution, but
    perhpas less contrasty.

    http://img.dpreview.com/reviews/samples/rescharts/nikon_d100.jpg
    http://img.dpreview.com/reviews/samples/rescharts/canon_eos10d.jpg

    Color: the EOS10D is a bit less noisy than the D100
    http://img.dpreview.com/reviews/samples/colourpatches/canon_eos10d.jpg
    http://img.dpreview.com/reviews/samples/colourpatches/nikon_d100.jpg

    The various comments about the Nikon 100D on dpreview are very good, but
    not 'great!'; nonetheless, I would be very happy to have that sensor in
    a Maxxum 9 or 7 type body.

    A little OT for this group.

    Alan.
     
    Alan Browne, Oct 23, 2003
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  10. Elie A Shammas

    Bill Tuthill Guest

    That characterizes Minolta's efforts in the sub-DSLR market as well,
    where their strategy seems to be: offer what Canon did months earlier
    but at a lower price, and with higher noise levels.

    Except for the Dimage X, which is an awfully cute camera, though its
    results are worse than Canon's also-very-small Digital Elph. And maybe
    the A-1 with antishake, although that still isn't on the market, is it?

    The site hosting this DSLR table is done by Joseph S. Wisniewski, who
    has posted in this group. Has anybody heard where he got Zeus info?

    http://www.swissarmyfork.com/dslr_table_1.htm
     
    Bill Tuthill, Oct 24, 2003
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    Magnus W Guest

    I don't know about that. They seem to have catched up after their initial
    slowness. And remember who was first to market with a 5Mp camera.
    For the intended market, that is not a concern. Note how many similar mini
    cameras have been released lately -- including the recent Sony camera with
    similar "folded optics" (but the lens is marked Zeiss!!! I wonder...).
    It is in stock in most places and many people own it already.
     
    Magnus W, Oct 24, 2003
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  12. Elie A Shammas

    Magnus W Guest

    Maybe so, but f it is to be launched at that point in time, using the same
    sensor as the Nikon and Pentax, that means a two year headstart for Nikon.
    Without any shadow of a doubt, a new Nikon camera, probably with higher
    resolution, will be launched (or at least announced) then. Another Canon
    between the 10D and 1Ds, too.
    I wouldn't -- I hope for higher resolution, but sure, that's me ;-)
    I agree, further discussion is probably best in a Minolta group.
     
    Magnus W, Oct 24, 2003
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  13. Elie A Shammas

    Magnus W Guest

    1) please don't top post
    2) how was that related to anything I wrote? The Contax seems to be pretty
    useless anyway, not to mention ridiculously expensive. A camera without a
    market.
     
    Magnus W, Oct 24, 2003
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  14. Simon Stanmore, Oct 24, 2003
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    Leicaddict Guest

    [A BUNCH OF SNIPPED GOSSIP]

    Stop spreading rumors Alan, you fucking wash-woman.
     
    Leicaddict, Oct 27, 2003
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    Bill Tuthill Guest

    Bill Tuthill, Oct 28, 2003
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne, Oct 28, 2003
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