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09-30-2011, 08:25 AM - 1 Like   #91
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Well, it's past midnight now (and October 1st) in Japan. Please let me be the first to congratulate you, Ricoh! May Pentax bring you what you want, and may Pentax receive what it deserves.

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QuoteOriginally posted by rparmar Quote
So I clicked on this thread wondering what the news or rumour was. Turns out there isn't anything at all, just complete speculation. Again. Don't we have enough of these threads?
You're feeding it, friend.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Asahiflex Quote
Well, it's past midnight now (and October 1st) in Japan. Please let me be the first to congratulate you, Ricoh! May Pentax bring you what you want, and may Pentax receive what it deserves.
And may pentaxists from now and the future get what they intend to use.
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WHERE IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT? Why are they holding back information? Where's my lens roadmap? Where's my FFF antimirror K-0? Ricoh is worse than Hoya! WAH WAH WAH!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Quicksand Quote
WHERE IS THE ANNOUNCEMENT? Why are they holding back information? Where's my lens roadmap? Where's my FFF antimirror K-0? Ricoh is worse than Hoya! WAH WAH WAH!
LOL! If there's no pithy announcement today, I predict many threads elaborating on the above.
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The first question is did it go through, 10-1 was a prediction, second would there be an announcement on Saturday? If it went through they may wait till Monday for better press coverage. Or, they could just be building up the suspense.
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I wish Ricoh and Pentax all the best in their collaboration. From what I have seen of Ricoh lenses I welcome them aboard and here's to them both. (Raises an imaginary champagne glass.) "Cheers!" Now, Ricoh how about that K-3?
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Official Announcement - Hot off the press in Japan!

"We wish to inform you that Ricoh-Pentax will be exiting the camera market after careful consideration. Our customers on PF are just too hard to please. We come out with a nice K5, they still still stick to a *istD or want FF. We will concentrate on the copier business, where the office drones just use the copier to photostat and make coffee."

Cheers!

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Gah, I'm hurting too. Just at work in Japan... spamming refresh at random websites, wheres the news!?!??!
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I notice that the Pentax Japan site is currently down for maintenance. Perhaps it wil come backup with a new look reflecting the Ricoh purchase.
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I just tried the pentax.jp site and there is the maintenance notice. Then I checked Ricoh's home and digital camera pages, which is unchanged. Hoya's corporate site has a press release stating the sale is completed.

PENTAX | currently under maintenance

Home | Ricoh Global

Digital Cameras / Products | Ricoh Global

HOYA CORPORATION|News Release

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Arificial Bones?

Just read the Hoya release.

No wonder they don't give a rats a$$ about FF... Real photogs get wood in FF discussions, they got artificial wood and just don't care.
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Actually, the above link to Pentax is wrong; go here:

PENTAX

And you can find this release:

Notice of Foundation of PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.

No news. Yawn.
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Hay, no announcement yet! Don't keep us waiting!!

But I did just find this:

Samsung Invents 16MP Camera Sensor for Smartphones, Tablets, Cameras - X-bit labs
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Ricoh Establishes PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. / News Release | Ricoh Global

Just another press release about the transfer, but a few interesting facts.

Pentax consists of around 1900 employees. So all of our neat photography tools come from the efforts of 1900 people.

"Manufacture and sales of optical equipment such as digital cameras, binoculars and lenses for security cameras"
Lenses for security cameras... I bet the c-mount lenses Pentax makes have seen an increase in sales since mirrorless-ILC cameras started showing up. If I had a Q, I'd try some out for sure. The ones on B&H have the occasional review from a m4/3 user.
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