Sony/Minolta A body + A lens
Like a perfect love story...
Better not rush that: the A series have been designed by the Minolta with a flange focal depth of 44.5 mm. It was branded Maxxum in North America, while using Alpha in other regions. The mark 7000 body, motor, AF system and 11 lenses were introduced in 1985, followed by numerous other versions. You can find a detailed list here.
When Sony acquisitioned the camera division of Konica Minolta in 2006, the A bayonet has been continued and the "Sony α" bodies also appeared on the market. Among these were not only DSLR bodies, but also SLT and mirrorless (E-mount) cameras. This means that the "A" refers not only to Sony Alpha parts, but every item eqipped with an A bayonet lock.
The newer Sony A cameras support the older A/Maxxum lenses, and they can also be converted to be used with Sony E bodies (see: E body + A lens).
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