Finally, Minolta SSM lens is here.


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Setting new standards with the new Minolta AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM lens

Langenhagen, March 2003
With unrivalled capabilities and value-added features, the new Minolta AF 70 - 200mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM lens is an exceptional tool for today’s photographer. Minolta’s new SSM lenses employ new supersonic-wave motor technology for quiet, smooth AF operation, enhancing the performance of Minolta SLR cameras from the Dynax 7 onwards.

The heart of this zoom is the finest optical glass reserved for all Minolta G series lenses. The AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM uses nineteen finely crafted elements, including four AD (anomalous dispersion) lenses, to virtually eliminate aberrations and curvature of field. The result is sharp, colour-free images across the entire film area at all apertures. High-quality multi-coatings increase transmittance and reduce flare to preserve contrast.

This superb optics ensure sharp, crisp images, as well as influence the quality of the defocused image outside the depth of field; lens aberrations can disfigure the soft glow of point light sources. The new Minolta AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM lens guarantees the highest level of optical performance for the flawless capture of images.

A circular aperture keeps the defocused image of point light sources outside the depth of field round between f/2.8 and f/5.6. Comparable to significantly few f/2.8 zoom lenses,* the new AF zoom has the shortest minimum focus distance in its class, making it a uniquely versatile tool for landscape, portrait, and close-up photography.

Two DMF (Direct Manual Focus) modes exercise exacting control over the AF system. Standard DMF allows the photographer to fine tune the focus once the AF system has optically locked onto the subject. Full-time DMF enables the photographer to access manual focus control at anytime by simply turning the focusing ring. The AF system can be further controlled with the focus-hold function, which locks the focus at the press of a button.

A focus-range limiter reduces auto-focusing time. The Minolta AF 70 – 200mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM lens has a preset range function between infinity and 3m (9.8ft.).

With a variety of useful features, this lens is both simple and delightful to use. The extra-wide focusing ring awards critical control during manual focus, and the lens remains easy to hold as the ring does not rotate when the AF drive is active. A lightweight, yet durable, petal-type lens hood is lined with velvet to reduce flare. As an additional attribute, the hood also has a covered polarizing-filter window so that the filter can be rotated without the necessity of removing the hood from the lens.

The entire lens is seated in a rigid mounting collar, enabling the lens to be attached to a camera support. The collar rotates 360° so the camera and lens can be limitlessly positioned when mounted from either above or below. This maintains the balance needed for responsive shooting and sharp images, especially when using a monopod. The collar can also be removed to reduce weight when handholding the camera.

Two new apochromatic teleconverters have been designed for AF 1.4X Tele Converter Apo (D) and AF 2X Tele Converter Apo(D). These simple accessories increase the power of the lens while allowing the use of the automatic camera and lens systems. Using the 1.4X teleconverter creates the equivalent of a 98 - 280mm f/4.0 lens, and the 2X converter transforms the lens into an amazing 140 - 400mm f/5.6 telephoto zoom, fast enough to handhold with ISO100 film in broad daylight.
 

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Given the quality of the Minolta G lenses, I'm sure this will be a superb performer. I wonder what cameras it will work on.
 

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Hey Sriram,

it in the text "Minolta SLR cameras from the Dynax 7 onwards. ", with onwards like?? I think so far Dynax 7 & 9 only.

Wonder how much it cost in Singapore?

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Originally posted by FND
it in the text "Minolta SLR cameras from the Dynax 7 onwards. ", with onwards like?? I think so far Dynax 7 & 9 only.
The 9 came before the 7... so if these lenses won't work with the 9 then it's a real shame. The Dynax 9 is the best SLR I have ever handled (I'm a Canon user). Maybe it works with some of the cheapo offerings (Dynax 4?)
 

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The 70-200 G looks uncannily like the Canon 70-200 L design wise ! Or maybe the other way round. For a while there I thought Minolta accepts Canon lens ! :D
 

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Originally posted by FND
Wah!! there is also 300mm f2.8 G SSM lens!! Wonder how much both cost in Singapore?

-FND->
from the URL, the listed price in japan is 297,500 yen, that's about S$4,400.....
 

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anyway, the attached is from the US website.

while it says :
This new technology enhances the performance of Minolta 35mm Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) cameras such as the Maxxum 7, Maxxum 5, Maxxum 4 and new Maxxum 3. The Minolta Maxxum 9 can be upgraded to activate the AF technology.

the specification sheet from the same web site also says the following under compatible bodies :

Autofocus can be used with the Maxxum 7 or later models.
Autofocus cannot be used with models introduced before the Maxxum 7; the Maxxum 9 can be updated to be fully compatible with the SSM lenses.

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Minolta Announces Two New Supersonic-Wave Autofocus (AF) Lenses and Two New Tele Converters
The new 35mm Minolta AF 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM and 300mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM lenses and 1.4x and 2x tele converters raise the standard in 35mm photographic equipment

Las Vegas, NV (March 1, 2003) – Minolta has announced two new Supersonic-Wave (SSM) 35mm lenses – the new Minolta AF 70 - 200mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM and Minolta AF 300mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM lenses. Ideal for sports photography or catching elusive wildlife, these lenses are the perfect additions to any Minolta Maxxum Single-lens Reflex (SLR) photographer’s gear bag. In addition, two new Minolta tele converters have been designed to enhance the SSM line of lenses – the AF 1.4x Tele Converter APO (D) and AF 2x Tele Converter APO (D). These accessories increase the power of the lens while allowing the use of the automatic camera and lens systems.

These new Minolta SSM lenses employ Minolta’s new supersonic-wave motor technology for quiet, smooth AF operation. This new technology enhances the performance of Minolta 35mm Single Lens-Reflex (SLR) cameras such as the Maxxum 7, Maxxum 5, Maxxum 4 and new Maxxum 3. The Minolta Maxxum 9 can be upgraded to activate the AF technology.

“Serious photographers, especially those working in non-studio locations, have long recognized the benefits of fast, telephoto lenses,” said Jon Sienkiewicz, vice president of marketing, Minolta Corporation’s Consumer Products Group. “With the introduction of these two new high quality lenses and two new tele converters, Minolta now offers an even more versatile Maxxum SLR camera system.”

In both the AF 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM and AF 300mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM lens, two Direct Manual Focus (DMF) modes give exacting control over the AF system. Standard DMF allows the photographer to fine tune the focus after the Maxxum AF system has locked onto the subject. Full-time DMF gives the photographer ultimate control by permitting access to manual focus control at any time by simply turning the focusing ring. The AF system can be further controlled with the lens’ focus-hold function, which locks the focus at the press of a button.

The entire lens fits into a rigid mounting collar, which allows the camera and lens to be attached to a tripod or monopod. The camera and lens can be rotated 360° within the collar for complete flexibility while permitting orientation of the camera and lens in any position when mounted from above or below. This maintains the balance needed for responsive shooting and sharp images, especially when using a monopod. The collar can be removed to reduce weight when handholding the camera.

Minolta AF 70 - 200mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM
The heart of the new Minolta AF 70 - 200mm zoom lens is the finest optical glass used exclusively in all Minolta G series lenses. The AF 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM uses nineteen finely crafted elements, including four anomalous dispersion (AD) lenses, to virtually eliminate aberrations and curvature of field. The results are sharp, color-free images across the entire film area at all apertures. High-quality multi-coatings increase transmittance and reduce image-degrading flare to preserve contrast.

The superb optics in this lens not only ensures tack sharp images, but also enhances the quality of the defocused image in the background – lens aberrations can disfigure the soft glow of point light sources. The new Minolta AF 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM lens guaranties the highest level of optical performance so that the images captured are the best that they can be.

The lens’ circular aperture produces a pleasing round effect in the defocused image of background highlights beyond the focused image. This effect is apparent when the apertures between f/2.8 and f/5.6 are selected. This new AF zoom has the shortest minimum focus distance (3.9 feet) in its class equaled by very few f/2.8 zoom lenses*, making it a versatile lens for landscape, portrait, and close-up photography.

The Minolta AF 70-200 f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM lens has additional features to assist the photographer: focus-range limiter, tripod-mounting collar, and a new series of apochromatic tele-converters. A focus-range limiter reduces auto-focusing time. The Minolta AF 70 – 200mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM lens has a preset range function between infinity and 9.8 feet.

The extra-wide focusing ring gives a positive control during manual focus; the ring does not rotate when the AF drive is active allowing the lens to be easily held. A lightweight, but durable, petal-type lens hood is lined with velvet to reduce unwanted flare. The hood also has a covered polarizing-filter window so that the filter can be conveniently rotated without having to remove the hood from the lens.

Minolta AF 300mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM
The new Minolta AF 300mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM lens is the perfect synthesis of optical, computer, and mechanical engineering. This lens delivers professional-quality images with the latest in lens technology.

The heart of the AF 300mm f/2.8 APO G (D) SSM lens is the finest optical glass reserved for all Minolta G series lenses. Containing thirteen finely crafted elements, including three AD (anomalous dispersion) lenses, this new AF 300mm f/2.8 lens virtually eliminates lens aberrations and curvature of field. The result is sharp, color-free images across the entire film area at all apertures as well as a smooth defocused image outside the depth of field. High-quality multi-coatings and internal baffles increase transmittance and reduce flare to preserve contrast.

The lens’ circular aperture produces a pleasing round effect in the defocused image of background highlights beyond the focused image. This effect is apparent when the apertures between f/2.8 and f/5.6 are selected. And with the shortest minimum focus distance (6.6 feet) in its class equaled by only a few 300mm f/2.8 lenses*, this new telephoto from Minolta is a versatile world-class instrument.

Computer controlled functions give today’s photographer the tools never dreamt of a generation ago. DMF, focus-range limiters, prefocus, and focus hold combine to make the Minolta AF 300mm f/2.8 APO G(D)SSM the perfect lens for wildlife and sports.

A focus-range limiter reduces the auto-focusing time and eliminates the possibility of focusing on an object outside the scene. The Minolta 300mm f/2.8 APO G (D)SSM lens has a preset and a variable range function. The preset range is between infinity and 21feet. The variable focus-range limiter enables the photographer to set the range based on the scene.

The normal way of catching a fast moving subject on film is to pre-focus the lens at the point in the scene where the subject will pass and then wait for it reach that position. The problem with this is that it ties up a valuable lens for only one particular shot. The pre-focus function allows the lens to store a set focus position that can be recalled at any time by simply pressing a button. This allows, for example, the lens to be pre-focused at the bend before the final stretch to capture the cars as they circuit the course while freeing up the lens for shooting the action during a pit stop; when the cars approach the bend, press any one of the four focus-hold buttons and you are ready to catch the action.

The extra-wide focusing ring gives a positive control during manual focus; the ring does not rotate when the AF drive is active allowing the lens to be easily held. Four focus-hold buttons are evenly spaced at 90° around the barrel so that they are accessible no matter the orientation of the lens. A lightweight, but durable, carbon fiber lens hood is lined with velvet to reduce flare. The hood can be reverse mounted for transportation and storage.

The construction of this lens employs the latest materials to reduce weight without sacrificing strength and durability. Magnesium alloy is used internally to hold optical components, and externally to protect the lens barrel from the demanding environment of nature and sport photography.
 

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Hmm... Just some comments:
If let's say that the Maxxum 9 can be updated to support SSM lenses, can't they do the same for the other bodies as well?
 

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Like Canon, Nikon and many other camera brands, most new lenses these companies produce should be able to fit onto their current automatic SLR. This is a only logical decision. Why build a lens that only the latest camera bodies can accomodate, when SLR users don't change their bodies the way handphone users do?
Another way to check if the lens can be used on your current SLR body is to check the mount. (its in the body's instruction manual) The pertinent question is whether the lens can be used on DSLR, or SLR or both?
However, Minolta hasn't build a DSLR yet, so I don't think it applies as yet.

Anyway, I'm a Minolta user.
 

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