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09-22-2012, 07:31 PM   #1
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Hirakawa Jun back to Pentax/Ricoh?

Hirakawa Jun, the brilliant lens designer responsible for FA 85mm, FA 43, 77 ltd (and partial 31mm ltd) and several other FA* lenses (Hirakawa Jun - Camerapedia) rumor to be back with Pentax/Ricoh.

He was "retired" when Hoya took over Pentax. If this is true, this is really an exciting news for Pentaxian -- Maybe he was back to design FF lenses?

See this from a Taiwan Pentax forum. Source of news: 2??,?????.-PFC - Pentax Fans Club

A really good news than all the recent announcements. Could he be involve in the limited zoom design?

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Now this would be the finest bit of news to hit this forum in ages, I do hope it's true.
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Interesting. That would be good news, indeed. I wonder who else might have been rehired. Hirakawa Jun certainly is the most well known here. Thanks for the link but I only saw a bunch of squiggly lines.
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They should have announced that at the show..... It would have been bigger than any product the showed.

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So true, It's like a divine revelation fro the rest of us.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Winder Quote
They should have announced that at the show..... It would have been bigger than any product the showed.
That's right ! If the news is real, it should be a very great helpful to Pentax
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Wow! Hope this is true. The 77 & the 31 are such wonderful lenses.
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QuoteOriginally posted by WiseOx Quote
Now this would be the finest bit of news to hit this forum in ages, I do hope it's true.
thank you for this shining ray of light.

hope we can also get back the ones who went to other companies..

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This does lend a lot of credence to Ricoh's announced intention to rebuild Pentax's lens offerings, although this should have happened the day after the purchase. Better late than never....

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Maybe it is time to redesign those LTDs with the new HD coating and modern AF movement.... And maybe even weather sealing.....

Get them ready for the new 36MP FF K-1
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Pentax needs to get a lot done before they can launch an FX system, so this is great news!

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QuoteOriginally posted by jva59 Quote
Wow! Hope this is true. The 77 & the 31 are such wonderful lenses.
But he didn't design the 31mm... He designed the 43mm though. Great that he's back if its true.
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The original poster said it was a mistake. He thought that was a new patent but apparently is some kind of giving out/separate his right of the DA10-17 design.
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Hirakawa Jun -- actually the 9th product that Pentax was planned to introduced at Photokina..

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Get them ready for the new 36MP FF K-1
Gimme a break - it's gonna be 48MP and you know it!
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