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Old Jan 19, 2006, 12:01 PM   #11
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Actually, Sony has had their Super Steadyshot image stabilization system for years and, in fact, were the first to place it on a digital camera...the old Mavica FD-91. I had one back in the late 1990s and, with a 14x zoom, you needed it.

There were a couple of other Sony cameras that incorporated their SteadyShot system but, the market moved to more pocketable designs and the series was discontinued.

So Sony doesn't need AS technology...they developed it.
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 12:18 PM   #12
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Steadyshot is optical image stabilization not in the body stabilization. They use it on the DSC-H1 and the DSC-T9 pocketable camera now. Completely different idea, so no they didn't invent anti-shake.

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Old Jan 19, 2006, 12:21 PM   #13
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Whatever form of image stabilization Sony decides to implement I hope it remains a body integral technology and not a lens type implementation- as we know how expensive this will make lenses become. Minolta was the first to implement it "body-wise".....I hope it continues.
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 2:03 PM   #14
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This sucks big time but to be honest I saw the price of my 7D drop like a stone recently and wondered why. Now I know why and Im not happy about it. I've had Minolta for 20 years and the thought that the brand will no longer exist isnt nice.

What do I do with my 3month old 7D? what do I do with the lenses? where do I buy more? I bought this camera to try and get into Semi Pro work, looks like it might have been the wrong choice.


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Old Jan 19, 2006, 2:15 PM   #15
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Well, we can look at the positive side. I'm sure tons of people will get spooked and sell their Minolta cameras and lenses. eBay and CraigsList will be saturated with Minolta products which you can snatch up for small money.Just because Minolta is out of the camera business- does not mean their current cameras are suddenly junk....it just means no new ones will come out. If your current Minolta is working fine- keep it!
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 2:22 PM   #16
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Radweld todays announcement hasn't made your camera unusable. Your lenses still work. Hell most of the posts about M-AF mount lenses are about older lenses anyway :-)

The announcement makes clear that Sony will continue to provide service and Minolta will continue to build D-SLRs. What's not so clear is if they will be Minolta- or Sony-branded. Sony has serious backing and many are viewing this as a positive development. Much of the electronics in your 7D is Sony right now. Many of us have been hoping for a 8 to 10 MP DSLR that would blow away the Canon. Sony has the ability to deliver that. I hope it will wear the Minolta name but I guess I would buy Sony if it were compatible with my existing lenses.
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KM 5D/7D owners probably do not need to worry. This line of cameras will certainly be continued. The KM 5D/7D is the undisputed low light champion and because this is the primary reason for owning a DSLR, the market share of this camera type will increase significantly over the next years. If I ever buy a DSLR, it will be a KM 5D or one of its successors. I am afraid that most other KM cameras will be ditched.
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 5:16 PM   #19
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Just go my 5d delivered yesterday, and can't say that I am surprised by Sony taking over. In fact, that posibility increased my interest in the Minolta - figured there was more likelyhood of Sony continuing the line than there was of Konica doing so. From what I understand, Konica didn't really mess with Minolta's camera line though they did gobble up whatever else Minolta was into (copiers?, fax?, copiers?, ... not sure what but do recall that Minolta spread out a bit in the 90's boom). Konica seems to be into industrial/commercial stuff, while Sony is consumer based. Everyone is ditching chemical cameras so that was going to happen no matter what.

Sony produces some very high end consumer products so the 5d/7d cameras fit right into their business.

Seems like a smart move for everyone, including us.
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