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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

Fisheye lenses
2.8 Minolta AF 16mm F/2.8 Fisheye 1986 
Ultra-wide angle prime lenses
2.8 Minolta AF 20mm F/2.8 ⌀72Pro 1986 
2.8 Minolta AF 20mm F/2.8 RS ⌀72Pro 1993 
Wide-angle prime lenses
2.8 Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 ⌀55 1985 
2.8 Minolta AF 24mm F/2.8 RS ⌀55 1994 
2.8 Minolta AF 28mm F/2.8 ⌀49 1985 
2.0 Minolta AF 28mm F/2 ⌀55 1986 
2.0 Minolta AF 28mm F/2 RS ⌀55 1999 
2.0 Minolta AF 35mm F/2 ⌀55 1987 
2.0 Minolta AF 35mm F/2 RS ⌀55 1999 
1.4 Minolta AF 35mm F/1.4 ⌀55Pro 1987 
1.4 Minolta AF 35mm F/1.4 G RS ⌀55Pro 1998 
Standard prime lenses
1.7 Minolta AF 50mm F/1.7 ⌀49 1985 
1.7 Minolta AF 50mm F/1.7 RS ⌀49 1990 
1.4 Minolta AF 50mm F/1.4 ⌀49Pro 1985 
1.4 Minolta AF 50mm F/1.4 RS ⌀55Pro 1998 
Short telephoto prime lenses
1.4 Minolta AF 85mm F/1.4 ⌀72Pro 1987 
1.4 Minolta AF 85mm F/1.4 G ⌀72Pro 1993 
1.4 Minolta AF 85mm F/1.4 G D ⌀72Pro 2000 
1.4 Minolta AF 85mm F/1.4 G D Limited ⌀72Pro 2001 
2.8 Minolta AF 100mm F/2.8 Soft Focus ⌀55 1994 
2.0 Minolta AF 100mm F/2 ⌀55 1987 
Medium telephoto prime lenses
2.8 Minolta AF 135mm F/2.8 ⌀55 1985 
2.8 Minolta 135mm F/2.8 [T4.5] STF ⌀72 1999 
2.8 Minolta AF 200mm F/2.8 APO ⌀72Pro 1987 
2.8 Minolta AF 200mm F/2.8 HS-APO G ⌀72Pro 1989 
Super telephoto prime lenses
4.0 Minolta AF 300mm F/4 HS-APO G ⌀82Pro 1994 
2.8 Minolta AF 300mm F/2.8 APO ⌀114Pro 1985 
2.8 Minolta AF 300mm F/2.8 HS-APO G ⌀114Pro 1988 
2.8 Minolta AF 300mm F/2.8 APO G D SSMPro 2003 
4.5 Minolta AF 400mm F/4.5 HS-APO G ⌀95Pro 1995 
8 Minolta AF 500mm F/8 Reflex 1991 
4.0 Minolta AF 600mm F/4 APOPro 1986 
4.0 Minolta AF 600mm F/4 HS-APO GPro 1988 
Macro lenses
3.5 Minolta AF 50mm F/3.5 Macro ⌀551:2 1995 
2.8 Minolta AF 50mm F/2.8 Macro ⌀551:1 1985 
2.8 Minolta AF 50mm F/2.8 Macro RS ⌀551:1 1993 
2.8 Minolta AF 50mm F/2.8 Macro D ⌀551:1 2001 
2.8 Minolta AF 100mm F/2.8 Macro ⌀551:1Pro 1986 
2.8 Minolta AF 100mm F/2.8 Macro RS ⌀551:1Pro 1993 
2.8 Minolta AF 100mm F/2.8 Macro D ⌀551:1Pro 2000 
4.0 Minolta AF 200mm F/4 Macro APO G ⌀721:1Pro 1999 
Wide-angle zoom lenses
3.5 Minolta AF 17-35mm F/3.5 G ⌀77Pro 1997 
3.5 Minolta AF 20-35mm F/3.5-4.5 ⌀72 1998 
Standard zoom lenses
4.0 Minolta AF 24-50mm F/4 ⌀55 1987 
4.0 Minolta AF 24-50mm F/4 RS ⌀55 1992 
3.5 Minolta AF 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5 ⌀62 1993 
3.5 Minolta AF 24-85mm F/3.5-4.5 RS ⌀62 1997 
3.5 Minolta AF 24-105mm F/3.5-4.5 D ⌀62 2000 
2.8 Minolta AF 28-70mm F/2.8 G ⌀72Pro 1993 
4.0 Minolta AF 28-80mm F/4-5.6 xi ⌀55 1991 
4.0 Minolta AF 28-80mm F/4-5.6 RS ⌀55 1993 
3.5 Minolta AF 28-80mm F/3.5-5.6 II ⌀62 1997 
3.5 Minolta AF 28-80mm F/3.5-5.6 D ⌀55 2001 
3.5 Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5 ⌀55 1985 
3.5 Minolta AF 28-85mm F/3.5-4.5 RS ⌀55 1992 
3.5 Minolta AF 28-100mm F/3.5-5.6 D ⌀55 2003 
3.5 Minolta AF 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 xi ⌀62 1991 
3.5 Minolta AF 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 ⌀62 1994 
3.5 Minolta AF 28-105mm F/3.5-4.5 RS ⌀62 1997 
4.0 Minolta AF 28-135mm F/4-4.5 ⌀72 1985 
4.0 Minolta AF 35-70mm F/4 ⌀49 1985 
3.5 Minolta AF 35-70mm F/3.5-4.5 II ⌀49
3.5 Minolta AF 35-70mm F/3.5-4.5 ⌀49 1993 
4.0 Minolta AF 35-80mm F/4-5.6 ⌀46 1988 
4.0 Minolta AF 35-80mm F/4-5.6 xi ⌀49 1991 
4.0 Minolta AF 35-80mm F/4-5.6 II ⌀49 1999 
3.5 Minolta AF 35-105mm F/3.5-4.5 ⌀55 1985 
3.5 Minolta AF 35-105mm F/3.5-4.5 RS ⌀55 1988 
Telephoto zoom lenses
2.8 Minolta AF 70-200mm F/2.8 APO G D SSM ⌀77Pro 2003 
4.5 Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4.5-5.6 ⌀49 1993 
4.5 Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4.5-5.6 II ⌀49 1999 
4.0 Minolta AF 70-210mm F/4 ⌀55Pro 1985 
3.5 Minolta AF 70-210mm F/3.5-4.5 ⌀55 1988 
4.5 Minolta AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 ⌀55 1986 
4.5 Minolta AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 RS ⌀55 1995 
4.5 Minolta AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 II ⌀55 1999 
4.5 Minolta AF 75-300mm F/4.5-5.6 D ⌀55 2001 
4.5 Minolta AF 80-200mm F/4.5-5.6 ⌀46 1988 
4.5 Minolta AF 80-200mm F/4.5-5.6 xi ⌀55 1991 
2.8 Minolta AF 80-200mm F/2.8 APO ⌀72Pro 1987 
2.8 Minolta AF 80-200mm F/2.8 HS-APO G ⌀72Pro 1993 
4.5 Minolta AF 100-200mm F/4.5 ⌀49 1987 
4.5 Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 ⌀55 1988 
4.5 Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 xi ⌀55 1991 
4.5 Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 APO RS ⌀55 1993 
4.5 Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 APO ⌀55 1993 
4.5 Minolta AF 100-300mm F/4.5-5.6 APO D ⌀55 2000 
4.5 Minolta AF 100-400mm F/4.5-6.7 APO ⌀72Pro 1995 
Superzoom lenses
4.5 Minolta AF 35-200mm F/4.5-5.6 xi ⌀62 1991 

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