To coincide with their official announcement of the Maxxum 7D Konica Minolta has also today announced two new lenses designed specifically for it. These are the AF 17 - 35 mm F2.8 - F4.0 (D) and the 28 - 75 F2.8 (D). Because of the 7D's 1.5x FOV crop these lenses will provide an approximate field of view of 26 - 53 mm and 42 - 113 mm respectively. No prices or availability for these lenses has yet been released.

Press Release:

KONICA MINOLTA INTRODUCES TWO NEW ZOOM LENSES DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR USE WITH THE NEW MAXXUM 7D DIGITAL CAMERA

Mahwah, NJ (September 15, 2004) – Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. introduces today two new interchangeable zoom lenses, each designed to provide optimum image quality when used with Konica Minolta’s new digital Single Lens Reflex (SLR) camera – the Maxxum 7D. The new Konica Minolta AF ZOOM 17 – 35mm F/2.8 – 4 (D) lens and the new Konica Minolta AF ZOOM 28 – 75mm F/2.8 (D) lens offer superior handling characteristics making them ideal in a diverse range of shooting situations.

“Although the new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D digital SLR camera is fully compatible with the existing line of Maxxum autofocusing lenses – nearly 40 in all – these two new lenses have been designed specifically with the Maxxum 7D in mind,” said Todd Schrader, vice president of marketing for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc. “With these two digital lenses in the Maxxum photographer’s camera bag, a wide range of shooting situations are covered while providing superior image quality.”

These new auto focus lenses are designed to produce high quality digital images especially when used in combination with the new Maxxum 7D and its body-integral Anti-Shake technology. In addition, these lenses provide unparalleled creative control because of their circular apertures. Using a round aperture enhances the defocused areas of an image with smoother, more natural looking gradations of tone.

These lenses also incorporate Konica Minolta’s Advanced Distance Integration (ADI) flash metering. When attached to the new Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D, these new lenses provide the camera with additional information on focusing distance to further enhance the electronic flash lighting performance and exposure accuracy when using either the built-in flash or the external flash units such as the Konica Minolta Maxxum Flash 5600HS(D), Konica Minolta Maxxum Flash 3600HS(D), or the Konica Minolta Maxxum 2500(D) Flash units.