Why did Sony stop production of many Minolta lenses?

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Why did Sony stop production of many Minolta lenses?
Jun 12, 2012

Question for anyone who knows a bit about the history of the KM buy-out by Sony...

I am often stuck by how many good lenses Minolta made, and how many of them are still so popular on the 2nd-hand market. These range from good value-for-money all-rounders like the beercans, to pricey - but high-quality - specialist lenses like the 600F4.

I'm assuming Sony would have absorbed some of the Minolta lens designs in their line-up, yet there were many more that were discontinued, some of which are still very useful today. Does anyone know the history / reasoning behind this? And did production of these lenses stop when Sony bought the company out, or had some of them been discontinued already?

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