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The company traces its history back to 1873 (pre-dating Kodak in the photography business) when pharmacist Rokusaburo Sugiura began selling photographic materials at his store in Konishiya Rokubē, the biggest pharmacy trader in Tokyo at that time.In 1878, Rokusaburō succeeded to his family and renamed Rokuemon VI (Rokudaime Rokuemon).
The optical quality of most Hexanon lenses is regarded as truly superb, particularly the older fixed-focal length (prime) lenses.
In 1902, Konishi began to sell the "Cherry Portable Camera" (チェリー手提用暗函), the first Japanese produced end-user oriented camera.
New products were released respectively, and Konishi Main Shop became the leading camera company in Japan.
This line came to an end in 1987 when Konica abandoned the SLR market.
Konica's AR lens mount kept the same flange-film distance that the earlier Konica F lens mount had (40.5 mm), but it has a larger diameter of 47 mm.
Its digital SLR camera section was transferred to Sony.
Dai Nippon purchased Konica's Odawara factory site and continues to produce paper under its own brand, while Seapac acquired the Konica chemical factory.was a Japanese manufacturer of, among other products, film, film cameras, camera accessories, photographic and photo-processing equipment, photocopiers, fax machines and laser printers.The company merged with Japanese peer Minolta in 2003, with the new company named Konica Minolta.Originally Konica film and paper was sold under the brand name of "Sakura" meaning Cherry Blossom in English.In the mid 1980s, Konica launched its SR range of film, then SR-V (1987), SR-G (1989), Super SR (1991), Super XG (1993), VX and finally "Centuria" in 1999.The flange focal distance of the F-mount was 40.5 mm, one of the smallest ever used for a 35 mm SLR. It is not identical to Nikon F-mount, which has a much longer flange focal distance of 46.5 mm.