Jim Doty - Photo Blog

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Monday, January 23, 2006

In the saddest photo news of the last week, Konica-Minolta announced their departure from the camera and photo business. Minolta and Konica have both had a long and good history in the photography business. I hate to see good competition get out of the photo business.

The Konica-Minolta 7D digital SLR received excellent reviews as I pointed out in a brief review last July. One of the great features of the K-M7 is that AS (anti-shake) is built into the camera rather than into individual lenses (like Image Stabilization in some Canon lenses or Vibration Reduction in some Nikon lenses). I'm jealous. I wish I had Anti-Shake in my Canon bodies. This kind of breakthrough feature keeps other manufacturers on their toes. They also produced some very fine point and shoot digital cameras.

Photo assets will be transferred to Sony who will continue to market equipment with the Konica-Minolta mount but the Sony label. If you are thinking about adding to your collecction of Maxxum/Dynax lenses, now is a good time to do it.


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