After I started using my first digital camera, CONTAX Tvs Digital, I found it was quite good and started thinking about Digital SLR too.
It was early 2006, I started looking around in Japan and what I liked was….Olympus & Konica-Minolta.
That was the time, Nikon was not doing well and there was a romor that Nikon was going to change lens mount.
But, soon Minolta announced about Withdrawal from camera. Actually, it was a kind of predictable to me because in 2005, Minolta closed down in Canada!! I was feeling that was beginning of the end…..
I was wondering if I should buy Minolta α7 Digital…..at least it was a nice camera and was cheap to due to the announcement.
Soon after, there was a news said SONY was buying Minolta camera division and start making SLR with Minolta α mount.
Also SONY said they were selling Carl Zeiss lens as well!! Waht’s an exciting news!
So, I decided to wait for it.
Soon after that, Panasonic announced that they were starting Digital SLR with Four-thirds system.
At least I had good feeling on Olympus four-thirds system at that time. And what I guessed was….Leica Lens.
Panasonic had been using Leica lens for Point&Shot cameras at that time and that was what I was expecting to upcoming Digital SLR.
Then, Panasonic L1 was released with Leica Lens.
After I bought CONTAX Tvs Digital, I quite like the Carl Zeiss lens. So, I was looking forword to see Leica vs Zeiss in Digital by Panasonic & SONY.
But, SONY’s first SLR α100 was a entry level camera and took long time to bring 2nd model. Also Carl Zeiss lens took long time to arrive to the market.
That was how, I decided to buy Panasonic L1. But at that time, I had a good pocket cash….so….it made me buy twin brother of L1, Leica Digilux 3 which was costing double.
At least it did good job for 5 years.
Now, Panasonic is in a major group on Mirrorless Camera and now, I am using Panasonic as well.
Actually, Minolta engineers moved to SONY and Panasonic….but later on, many people left SONY due to the sloppy management and moved to Panasonic.
I always liked Minolta and I ended up with Panasonic camera by Minolta engineers now.