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Konica Minolta to join MFT camp?

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Konica Minolta to join MFT camp?

Konina Minolta is rumored to be on the verge of joining the Micro Four Thirds format, as the company has just patented a couple of lenses designed for mirrorless cameras using such sensors.

There is a new Micro Four Thirds lens patent lurking on the web from the Konica Minolta camp. The patent application is describing a couple of lenses for MFT shooters, albeit the company has not publicly confirmed that it is planning to join this format.

Konica Minolta’s patent has been filed in Japan and it includes two similar optics, such as the 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 and 12-42mm f/3.5-5.6. While it is doubtful that both are coming to the market, one of them might make it to a store near you in the future.

Patent schemes of Konica Minolta's 14-42mm lens and its 12-42 mm variation.
Konica Minolta’s 14-42mm lens and its 12-42mm variation patent schematics.

Egami has surfaced a new lens patent that describes a 14-42mm and its 12-42 mm variation. The f/3.5-5.6 lenses are interesting news as they are specifically made for Micro Four Thirds-sized sensors.

If it becomes real, then the 14-42mm lens will offer a full-frame equivalent of 28-84mm, while the 12-42mm will provide a 35mm equivalent of 24-84mm.

As the company is not part of the Micro Four Thirds system, this could mean that Konica Minolta might want to join in. There are no news at this hour concerning such move from Konica Minolta’s part. Unfortunately, it needs to be said that patents tend to remain only in the early stages and don’t make it into real products.

Konica Minolta have also patented another Micro Four Thirds lens a while back, a 43mm with a maximum aperture of f/1.4. The patent was filed in 2011 but has surfaced only in late 2012.

The company has a good history in designing famous lenses. While Konica made the Hexanon M-mount 50mm f/1.2 lens, Minolta released the Rokkor M-mount 40mm f/2.0 pancake lens. The pair is loved by photographers as they deliver great images, Konica and Minolta paying a lot of attention to details.

Either way, it would be wise not to rule out any possibilities for the time being. Stay close to our website for further details regarding Konica Minolta’s plans for the Micro Four Thirds format.

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