The latest patents from Konica Minolta, Sony, Canon and Olympus

Konica Minolta 12-42mm f3.5-5.6 lens patent for Micro Four Thirds

Konica Minolta patented (2013-15778) 12-42mm f/3.5-5.6 lens designed for Micro Four Thirds sized sensors. Another patent (2013-25202) describes a several other lenses for MFT: 26mm f/1.8, 19mm f/2.8, 17.5mm f/2.8, 16.6mm f/2.8; for APS-C: 23mm f/2.8, 18.7mm f/2.819.6mm f/2.8 and even a 28.7mm f/2.6 full frame lens.

Sony 100 mm f4.5 reflex lens patent

Sony filed patents 2013-15712 and 2013-15713 for a 100mm f/4.5 reflex lens designed for 1/1.7" sensors.

Canon 7-85mm f:4-5.6 lens patent

Canon's patent 2013-25085 is for a 17-85mm f/4-5.6 lens.

Olympus-all-in-focus macro-lens-patent

Olympus filed a patent (2013-21407) for a lens with "all-in-focus macro" option.

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  • benjamin

    would love to see minolta back in the lens making business. some of their old glass is spectacular…

    • mythbuster

      Minolta sold their photo business to Sony in 2006. I don´t know who is now willing to make Minolta branded glass.

      • Andrew

        Actually, Minolta still produces Minolta-branded glass, unfortunately that glass is trapped within the plasticky body of an Everio camcorder. When Konica Minolta sold their imaging business, they didn’t sell their ability to produce new products ;)

        • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

          It’s actually Konica-Minolta branded. Not Minolta. And these are small video-oriented lenses. Not those from DSLR market. And we don’t know if JVC actually hires KM to design this glass or do they just use KM brand (in a similar way to Samsung using Schneider Kreuznach brand, even if these lenses never stood next to real Schneider lens). In either way – these KM lenses obviously are designed by a new people hired by a company, so I wouldn’t bet they have anything to deal with old KM besides label. That said: this glass still might be good, let’s wait and see :)

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            If you ask me, it’s a good thing new lenses are made from scratch and not based on old designs, as you suggest. Imaging technology (sensors) have changed a lot since KM’s prime :P

          • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

            Huh? No, I’m not suggesting anywhere that these lenses are based on old designs. And as far as it’s truth that a lot changed since KM days – it’s also truth that sharp glass remains sharp, and lenses are not bodies – they don’t age with a speed of “new replacement each 2 years”.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            I was referring to your comment “I wouldn’t bet they have anything to deal with old KM besides label” when I replied. As in, it’s not necessarily a bad thing if they don’t have anything to do with old KM besides the label.

            “it’s also truth that sharp glass remains sharp”

            Yes, if you’re shooting film. Lenses don’t behave the same way they do on film when used on digital. Also, it’s safe to say that in market segments that are active (e.g. 35mm DSLRs), we now have better lenses than what we ever had before.

            So, old sharp glass will remain sharp but that doesn’t mean much when we have new glass that’s sharper :) For the record, by “sharp” I’m referring to IQ as a whole… not just sharpness.

          • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

            “Yes, if you’re shooting film.” – Obviously you never shot high-end Minolta glass with modern DSLR. I did. And It’s razor-sharp. Yes, the coatings are sub-par, but other than that: they made outstanding glass that even today beats crap out of most lenses on a market (plus: Minolta lenses actually have much nicer colours than modern Nikon glass).
            As I said: Sharp glass remains sharp.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            “high-end Minolta glass ”

            There’s no such thing… and if you’re interested in knowing what I shoot with, scroll half way down the page below:
            http://www.flickr.com/people/genotypewriter/

          • mythbuster

            A day ago: “If you ask me…”
            6 hours ago: “if you’re interested in knowing what I shoot with…”

            It seems nobody is interested in asking you nor knowing what is your photo gear… I think you´d better use farcebook instead.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            Perhaps I should… people like you don’t seem to be able to understand anything unless it’s on a FB timeline with a series of “OMGs” next to it :D

          • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

            It’s like saying that there’s no such thing as high-end Canon glass.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            ahahah yes it’s just coincidence that high-end Minolta glass is in discount bins :D

          • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

            Oh is it now? Random example from ebay: Canon 300 f/4: 1300 GBP, Minolta 300 f/4: 2200 GBP
            So by your logic – the Canon is in discount bins and Canon doesn’t have a high-end glass? Your point of view on the world is really, very interesting. But doesn’t have anything to deal with reality, sadly.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            Lots of old rubbish sell for high prices because they can’t be had anymore… it doesn’t mean they’re any good. Plus people can buy a Canon 300/4L IS brandnew… how can a used one cost more? Very interesting logic indeed.

            There’s only like one good lens that Minolta ever made… the 500/8 AF mirror lens. Nothing special about the rest, if you have actually used the competition… in fact, Minolta isn’t even in the competition.

          • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

            STF? Macro exceeding 1:1? etc? Not interesting to you? Eh.. dude, obviously you found your logic in a discount bin, along with Canon high-end glass.

          • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

            Oh is it now? Random example from ebay: Canon 300 f/4: 1300 GBP, Minolta 300 f/4: 2200 GBP
            So by your logic – the Canon is in discount bins and Canon doesn’t have a high-end glass? Your point of view on the world is really, very interesting. But doesn’t have anything to deal with reality, sadly.

          • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

            It’s like saying that there’s no such thing as high-end Canon glass.

          • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

            Huh? No, I’m not suggesting anywhere that these lenses are based on old designs. And as far as it’s truth that a lot changed since KM days – it’s also truth that sharp glass remains sharp, and lenses are not bodies – they don’t age with a speed of “new replacement each 2 years”.

          • http://genotypewritings.blogspot.com/ genotypewriter

            I was referring to your comment “I wouldn’t bet they have anything to deal with old KM besides label” when I replied. As in, it’s not necessarily a bad thing if they don’t have anything to do with old KM besides the label.

            “it’s also truth that sharp glass remains sharp”

            Yes, if you’re shooting film. Lenses don’t behave the same way they do on film when used on digital. Also, it’s safe to say that in market segments that are active (e.g. 35mm DSLRs), we now have better lenses than what we ever had before.

            So, old sharp glass will remain sharp but that doesn’t mean much when we have new glass that’s sharper :) For the record, by “sharp” I’m referring to IQ as a whole… not just sharpness.

        • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

          It’s actually Konica-Minolta branded. Not Minolta. And these are small video-oriented lenses. Not those from DSLR market. And we don’t know if JVC actually hires KM to design this glass or do they just use KM brand (in a similar way to Samsung using Schneider Kreuznach brand, even if these lenses never stood next to real Schneider lens). In either way – these KM lenses obviously are designed by a new people hired by a company, so I wouldn’t bet they have anything to deal with old KM besides label. That said: this glass still might be good, let’s wait and see :)

    • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

      Minolta engineers work for Sony now, so if you want to see modern Minolta glass – buy into Sony A-mount.

      • Salas

        or Sony E Mount.

        • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

          We don’t know that.

        • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

          We don’t know that.

    • http://alphacorner.eu/ Sky

      Minolta engineers work for Sony now, so if you want to see modern Minolta glass – buy into Sony A-mount.

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