Your favorite Konica manual focus lenses

Started Jul 14, 2022 | Discussions thread
Tomasg71 Contributing Member • Posts: 547
Re: Your favorite Konica manual focus lenses

lattesweden wrote:

ProfHankD wrote:

lattesweden wrote:

Since the other threads about favorite manual focus vintage lenses from different camera brands have gotten the discussions here going again, lets continue with Konica.

Konica was arguably the Japanese equivalent to Kodak in the USA, although it never got as big as Kodak (nor the founded-in-1934 Fujifilm). Konica started selling photographic materials in 1873 and making cameras in 1903. They merged with Minolta in 2003 but ended up passing the camera business to Sony in 2006. In truth, Konica didn't do as well in the camera business as Minolta and wasn't a player in the autofocus SLR market, so the "Konica Minolta" cameras were really Minoltas, and we'll not discuss them here.

They're all fine lenses that tend to be tuned for color, with sharpness wide open not a top priority. In other words, Konica's priorities for lenses were most similar to that of Minolta (although the rendering is quite different), and it makes complete sense to me that the two companies should have merged... just a pity they didn't do it much earlier.

Thanks, really nice background about Konica!

Your post reminded me that there is a nice site that lists all lenses Konica made: is the to go website for Konica, alongside, a third very nice site is using google translate.

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