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With last week's passing of another big name in the photo industry, Konica Minolta, I thought I'd pay a little tribute with my own tale. I bought my first "serious" slr, the Minolta X-700 in 1985 at the store you see here, Willoughby's near 34th Street. The camera was a revelation compared to the Kodak disc camera I had been using as a kid. The X-700 was complex, yet simple at the same time. The focusing was smooth, and the results blew me away. Fast forward to 2006...Willoughy's is still here, but not in any way a major player like B&H or Adorama. Konica Minolta gave up the photo game last week, sold the photo division to Sony. Even though I haven't used Konica Minolta products in over a decade, I've always felt that they brought something to the table (camera body stabilization for example). Competition is always good, and leads to innovation. Minolta was the first out with a mass produced auto-focus 35mm slr in 1985. In the rapid rise of the intensely competitive digital age, the photo world has lost yet another giant. I hope that Sony will continue the Konica Minolta line, and keep the mount. But even if Sony decides to drop this division, I will always have fond memories of Minolta, and the X-700 as the brand, and camera that lit my fire for photography. As you can decipher by the downed gates, "closed for business."

Note: As per Martin's request, here are the specifics for the shot:
Canon EOS 20D with 28-75mm Tamron Lens at 44mm
Exposure 1/30 Sec - F/2.8
ISO 3200

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