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Minolta announce two new SSM lenses - Minolta have announced two new lenses and two Tele converters. Both these new lenses employ new supersonic-wave motors for quieter Autofocus operation.

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Minolta announce two new SSM lensesMinolta have announced two new lenses and two Tele converters. Both these new lenses employ new supersonic-wave motors for quieter Autofocus operation.

Minolta AF Zoom 70-200mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM

The new Minolta AF Zoom 70-200mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM lens is the perfect tool for today’s photographer. Minolta’s new SSM lenses employ new supersonic-wave motor technology for quiet, smooth AF operation. This new technology enhances 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 optic not only ensures sharp images, but also affects 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 so that the images captured are the best that they can be.

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. This new AF zoom has the shortest minimum focus distance in it’s class equalled by very few f/2.8 zoom lenses,* making it a versatile tool for landscape, portrait and close-up photography.

Two DMF (Direct Manual Focus) modes give exacting control over the AF system. Standard DMF allows the photographer to fine tune the focus after the AF system has locked onto the subject. Full time DMF gives the photographer access to manual focus control at any time 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. Attention to detail makes this lens a joy to use. 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 flare. The hood also has a covered polarising filter window so that the filter can be rotated without having to remove the hood from the lens.

The entire lens is seated in a rigid mounting collar, which allows the lens to be attached to a camera support. The collar rotates 360° so the camera and lens can be orientated 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.

Two new apochromatic tele converters have been designed for the 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.

The Minolta AF 70-200mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM lens represents the finest in optical design. The images it can capture are simply breathtaking.

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. Minolta’s new SSM lenses employ a new supersonic wave motor technology for quiet, smooth AF operation. This new technology enhances the performance of Minolta SLR cameras from the Dynax 7 onwards. 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. The thirteen finely crafted elements, including three AD (anomalous dispersion) lenses, virtually eliminate lens aberrations and curvature of field. The result is sharp, colour 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.

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 and with its short minimum focus distance 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 tool for wildlife and sports. Two DMF (Direct Manual Focus) modes give exacting control over the AF system. Standard DMF allows the photographer to fine tune the focus after the AF system has locked onto the subject. Full time DMF gives the photographer access to manual focus control at any time 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 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 6.4m. 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 prefocus the lens at the point in the scene where the subject will pass and then wait for it to reach that position. The problem with this is that it ties up a valuable lens for only one particular shot. The prefocus 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 prefocused 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. Attention to detail makes this lens a joy to use. 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 fibre lens hood is lined with velvet to reduce flare. The hood can be reverse mounted for transportation and storage.

Two new apochromatic teleconverters have been designed for the 300mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM lens: 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 converter creates the equivalent of a 420mm f/4.0 lens, and the 2x converter transforms the lens into an amazing 600mm f/5.6 super-telephoto, fast enough to handhold with ISO100 film in broad daylight.

The construction of this lens employs the latest materials to reduce weight without sacrificing strength and durability. The 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.

The entire lens is seated in a rigid mounting collar, which allows the lens to be attached to a camera support. The collar rotates 360° so the camera and lens can be orientated 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.

The Minolta 300mm f/2.8 Apo G(D)SSM lens represents excellence in optical, computer and mechanical design. The images it can capture are simply breathtaking.

Minolta Minolta AF 1.4x Tele Converter Apo(D) and AF 2x Tele Converter Apo(D)

Coinciding with the release of Minolta’s new SSM lenses, two new tele converters have been added to the range: AF 1.4x Tele Converter Apo(D) and AF 2x Tele Converter Apo(D). These accessories, designed for the new telephoto SSM lenses, increase the power of the lens while allowing the use of the automatic camera and lens systems.

The tele converters are compatible with the telephoto SSM lens functions as well as the functions of the D series lenses. The new SSM technology is designed to enhance the performance of Minolta SLR cameras from the Dynax 7 onwards. Other Minolta lenses are also compatible with these teleconverters.

The focusing ring is easier to turn in manual focus with the use of these new teleconverters compared to the current models.


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