1985

Minolta A system

Discontinued

World's first commercially successful system with interchangeable AF lenses. Consists of 35mm film SLR cameras and extensive line of lenses designed for both hobbyists and professionals.

Unfortunately for Minolta, its autofocus technology for camera lenses was found to violate the patent of Honeywell, a U.S. corporation. In 1991 Minolta was ordered to pay Honeywell damages, penalties, trial costs, and other expenses in a final amount of $127.5 million. In 1992 Minolta settled out of court with Honeywell.

Camera lineup

Minolta/Sony A mount lens lineup

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