First, just a little history... In 2003, Minolta and Konica jointly announced the "Integration of Management between Konica Corporation and Minolta Co., Ltd.", following which Minolta became Konica Minolta. In 2005, it was announced that "Konica Minolta and Sony Agree to Jointly Develop Digital SLR Cameras", and in 2006, Sony announced the "Partial Transfer of Certain Assets Related to Digital SLR cameras", buying the assets of Konica Minolta Photo Imaging. It was my understanding that Sony bought all of Konica Minolta's assets from their photography business, excluding the film scanners (which seem to have been discontinued) and the light meters, which I think may have been bought out by Kenko. Konica Minolta continued (and continue) in business making office equipment and other imaging/optical/measuring instruments. Just today I discovered this website... Minolta Digital A bunch of cameras all branded Minolta. On the "About Us" page, it says, "Minolta is a registered trademark of JMM Lee Properties, LLC and is used in the United States by Elite Brands Inc. under license." I wonder if anyone has any more insight? It seems that "Minolta" cameras have re-entered the market, by some company who are licencing the brand. I assume that Konica Minolta, Inc. have nothing to do with designing/manufacturing these cameras.