Kumamoto Earthquakes to Affect Pentax Camera Availability
Official notice posted by Ricoh Imaging
By PF Staff in Photo Industry News on May 29, 2016
Ricoh Imaging has announced that the recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan have affected some of its suppliers, and that this may have "some impact" on the availability of Pentax cameras and lenses in the near future.
We speculate that the limited availability of the Pentax K-1 beyond its initial shipments in late April/early May could have been caused by the earthquake.
Nearly all Pentax cameras and lenses are assembled in the Philippines and Vietnam, respectively, so Pentax's own facilities were not directly affected by the disaster. Pentax-branded full-frame lenses designed by Tamron are made in Japan, albeit far from the earthquake site (these lenses include the D FA 24-70mm and D FA 15-30mm). Ricoh-branded cameras including the Theta and GR are made in China.
Cover image depicts the Kumamoto Castle; licensed under CC-BY-SA 3.0.