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    Posted: 24 February 2021 at 17:37
My Dad was sorting out some old magazines and passed them on to me. Amoung them was a magazine supplement about APS from 1996.



They were, of course, right, but I don't think they realised in what way.
 



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I've read somewhere that it was Minolta's venture into its APS Vectis camera system that was a major trigger to its financial troubles and eventual demise/sell off to Sony.
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Originally posted by Jozioau Jozioau wrote:

I've read somewhere that it was Minolta's venture into its APS Vectis camera system that was a major trigger to its financial troubles and eventual demise/sell off to Sony.
Konica Minolta is still going strong....

Also, unlikely. They might not had a full return on investment, but it will be nowhere close to the costs of the Honeywell lawsuits. The Vectis SLR's were introduced in 1996, Konica and Minolta merged in 2003 and the camera division was sold in 2006. It is impossible to claim that there was a link between the development of the V-mount cameras and the selling the camera division to Sony.
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Addy,
You're absolutely right - it was of course the multi-million dollars in settlement of the Honeywell copyright breach lawsuits that crippled the finances of Minolta.
I do recall reading however that Vectis did divert a lot of resources, failed to be profitable, and certainly didn't help.
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I feel that Minolta did better with APS SLR's then Nikon and even Canon, but they probably also put more R&D money in the project.

It probably is the cumulation, the Honeywell disaster, money put into R&D that did not give more money/marketshare (APS, Digital) and when Sony wanted the knowledge, I think it was easy to sell the camera department.
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