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Old Jan 19, 2006, 2:12 AM   #1
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Time to say goodbye. What a drag.



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Old Jan 19, 2006, 3:40 AM   #2
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Yes, it's a very sad day to see Konica-Minolta go, but digicams have become a Samsung business. Samsung is a monstrous electronics company, which never brought any noteworthy innovation. Whenever they enter a business, then innovative companies, which pioneered that business, will have a hard time to make any money. That a rather large player like Konica-Minolta is the first victim, is rather surprising, though.
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 5:56 AM   #3
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This is Great for the the future of digital photography
look what sony picks up
1built in image stabilization
2great bodys for slr 5d/7d
3best evf ever made A2
4 cheaper license lense production ie ziess

so good luck sony and dont screw it up.
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 7:55 AM   #4
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whats going on here, it took me 6 months to go with minolta, after buying the 5 D they close up shop, so what happens to our

warranty :?

software up dates :?



sony is talking makingbodys to suit KM lenses :evil:

what about those who already hve KM bodys and need updates :P

i should think KM should give us back our money
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 8:00 AM   #5
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Just maybe K-M discovered what Olympus' "Suprize" is going to be on January 26 and they threw up their hands declaring 'We can't beat that'.

(tounge in cheek, but it is possible)

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Old Jan 19, 2006, 8:26 AM   #6
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sorry to hear that guys.. i don't shoot minolta, but have always respected their cameras.. hopefully sony will pick up and continue in their footsteps..
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 9:46 AM   #7
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Sony hasn't been doing good as of late with their current lawsuits and "Chinese quality failure"......lets hope they don't destroy the Minolta engineering they've just acquired.*To the present and future buyer of KM products I say continue to buy as long as someone can service them should need be.
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 10:20 AM   #8
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This may be nothing more than Sony liking the in-the-body AS concept
and rather than attempt to invent their own *unique* AS system that
wouldn't violate the Minolta patent, they buy the whole brand, patents
and all. Sony has a pretty good record of involvement and support of the pro marketplace. It may say "Sony" on the outside (bummer!) but at least for now it will be KM on the inside where it counts.

I for one would prefer to see this merger rather than see KM file Chapter 11.

The real bad news that has been posted on the Minolta user group

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Minolta/

is that KM is not only dumping consumer film cameras but may also be abandoning the entireDimage line of digicams--and Sony has no plans to pick up the ball since it would compete with their own offerings in the point-and-shoot market. That's a pity if true.
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Old Jan 19, 2006, 10:42 AM   #9
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It would be great if Sony continues to add their imagers to the exsisting Minolta SLR's and bring new units to market- even if it has no Minolta name on it- it would offer Sony a true DSLR with their name on it. I hope they keep IS alive, as that was Minolta's "ace" in the DLSR market.So maybe we'll see a 10 megapixel DSLR in the future from Sony with IS- let's hope!
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Let's hope it continues to be AS not IS. Quite a difference.
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