Peter Blaise , Dec 06, 2008; 09:31 p.m.
Well said Paul. You tell all those ad hoc Minolta historians to get in line and obey!
Herding cats are we?
Now, me, I think of my Minolta 135mm f/2.8 as a "beer can" design:
Minolta AF Alpha/Dynax/Maxxum 135mm f/2.8 via Dyxum.com
In fact, as I look at my Edmund Optical and other Optical catalogs, I see that most industrial lens assemblies look rather like beer cans in being simple tubes into which they machine lens-holding and heliacal stuff, and the non-beer can lenses are rare in the commercial world, only usually seen out here in the amateur, art, and professional world where wide angle lenses look like, well, musical horns, and zooms and lens hoods make our lenses look like anythign but a beer can.
Here are some Edmund Optical "beer cans":
TECHSPEC Mounted NIR Achromatic Pairs
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