Chris M., Central Florida, USA -- , Jul 21, 2005; 04:27 a.m.
I used to shoot Minolta film cameras before I switched to Nikon a few years ago. Minolta made some killer bodies and very sharp lenses, and their last generation flash system was second to none in the film camera market at the time. Everything was very affordable. I really miss shooting with those bodies.
However, Minolta waited far too long to introduce a DSLR. Most Minolta photographers who wanted to go digital bailed and went to Nikon or Canon.
I don't think Nikon or Canon are going to see Minolta's in-camera IS feature as a grave threat to their business. Great idea - probably the best solution - but manufacturers would have to redesign their bodies, and there are going to be licensing issues to work out. Patents are involved and that means lawsuits or at least legal maneuvering.
I'm no engineer, but I cringe when I think of the headaches that would go into making an IS lens work in harmony with in-camera IS technology.
Minolta is making a great product, but they have to attract new DSLR shooters into their fold, and winning back people who switched out of the system will be extremely difficult. So I don't see other manufactrurers racing to incorporate this technology into their camera bodies anytime soon. We'll have to wait and see.