August 19, 2005 - Konica Minolta today announced the development of a new 35mm fixed focal length lens, featuring advanced flash metering capabilities thanks to a built-in distance encoder that communicates subject distance to the camera.
"With the development of this new lens Konica Minolta not only expands its offering of lenses designed for the digital Maxxum series of camera, but this lens also allows us to enhance our lineup of lenses available for Maxxum film cameras," said Paul Zakrzewski, Director of Product Management for Konica Minolta Photo Imaging U.S.A., Inc.
Konica Minolta’s AF 35mm f/1.4G (D) lens was developed as a successor model to Konica’s AF 35mm f/1.4G lens, known for its defocusing effects around Konica’s unique round aperture. The news lens was developed for Konica Minolta Maxxum digital and 35mm film cameras, building on the optics of its predecessor with the addition of Konica’s Advanced Distance Integration (ADI) flash metering system. Based on the distance to subject information provided by the lens, the ADI system works to calculate the optimum exposure settings and flash brightness when using the camera’s built-in flash or a Konica Minolta external flash.
The lens is expected to be available in Spring, 2006. Estimated pricing has not been announced.