The Minolta XI Era

The xi series was introduced in 1991* and included lenses and camera bodies. ‘xi’ included the traditional screw drive auto-focus interface (A-Mount) but added a motorized zoom function. Due to this, xi lenses are only compatible with post xi era cameras....

Minolta X-700

Here is a nice video that shows off the X-700, one of Minolta most successful manual focus SLR cameras. Click the YouTube logo to see the rest. “Today I start the Video Series on the Minolta X700. A very successful manual focusing SLR. Part 1: Introduction and...

Sony A700 dSLR

The Sony A700 is the second dSLR since the Konica-Minolta camera division was bought out by Sony. The A700 follows the number convention of old Minolta, with the 7 indicated an advanced amateur or semi-professional caliber camera. Features are now known and a few...

Minolta Film and Digital Cameras

For information on specific camera models, choose a link from the sidebar. Minolta Co., Ltd. was a Japanese worldwide manufacturer of cameras, camera accessories, photocopiers, fax machines, and laser printers. Minolta was founded in Osaka, Japan, in 1928 as...

Minolta RD-175 dSLR

Released in 1995(!) this is the “real” first digital SLR camera from Minolta. The Minolta RD-175 aka Agfa Actioncam, cost just $10,000 but who is counting? The specs: 1.1 Mega Pixels (maybe better to measure in KP?) Fixed at ISO 800 131MB PCMCIA memory...

Minolta 9

One of the film era greats. The 9 was billed as the flagship professional grade camera and its features and build prove it. It didn’t include of the technological advances of the Film 7, but made up for it with sheer quality. Forum posters confirm that it is a...