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04-24-2013, 05:03 AM   #1
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Pentax at P&E2013: FF under development, APS-C compact camera and more

PC Pop interviewed the Managing Director and General Manager of Pentax Ricoh China during the P&E 2013 trade fair (the largest photo fair in China, the 16th edition of which took place in Beijing from 19 to 22 April, 2013):

P&E2013? (in Chinese)

Google Translate for a Google translation from Chinese.

The main statements:

- MX-1 sales are good (there are only 2 weeks MX-1 is on the market in China)

- a Pentax-branded APS-C compact camera (sort of MX-1 with APS-C sensor) is planned

- (after its price reduction) K-01 sells well, supply is lower than demand

- (when asked about a Pentax mirrorless camera) R&D is focussing on pancake lenses and the optimisation of K mount (???)

- a Pentax 24x36 camera is under development and it will be "distinctive" (different from competition, I presume)

- the impact of Nikon D800 on the Pentax 645's sales is limited, their positioning is different, 645D is targeted to professionals.



Edit : LFLee has been kind enough to precisely translate the whole report. You will find his translation here:

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/pentax-news-rumors/222768-pentax-p-e2013-...ml#post2363546

Thank you, LFLee!


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Do we have any chinese members that can verify the Google translation?
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Thank you for this update!
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OK. A while yet on the FF. But another APS-C compact? How much different could it be to the GR announced? There should be something developing in the dSLR arena.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
OK. A while yet on the FF. But another APS-C compact? How much different could it be to the GR announced? There should be something developing in the dSLR arena.
It would be MX-1-like, hence with a zoom lens, whilst Ricoh GR has a 28mm fixed focal lens.
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Gotta love Google Translate. I want a biscuit lens, chocolate gravy, grits with two Q's over easy, and sweet tea to go.
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In the old days, it was about scorpion mustaches (and I'm not kidding, though I can't say if it was Google Translate or Bablefish). Glad to see the accuracy improved.
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Yay, more vague, un-timetabled FF rumours!

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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Yay, more vague, un-timetabled FF rumours!
You actually expect Ricoh-Pentax to tell everyone the date and the specs to competitors weeks or months before announcement?
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Yay, more vague, un-timetabled FF rumours!
Pentaxforums will continue to thrive
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QuoteOriginally posted by troenaas Quote
Do we have any chinese members that can verify the Google translation?
My Chinese Pentax dealer here in Beijing sold 5 MX-1 the first weekend they were available (end of March).
I got one of them.
About FF, we'll see what happens :-)
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QuoteOriginally posted by rawr Quote
Yay, more vague, un-timetabled FF rumours!
Sorry guys, I can't / chose not to report anything more than what's stated in Chinese .
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QuoteOriginally posted by troenaas Quote
Do we have any chinese members that can verify the Google translation?
Google translate is actually pretty good in this case. It got all the main points right, not bad for machines.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Ash Quote
OK. A while yet on the FF. But another APS-C compact? How much different could it be to the GR announced?
I'm dreaming about weather-sealed wide-angle fixed-focal lens compact camera. My best shots are mostly from the days when weather is harsh or at least rainy.
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Well, it is just heartening to know that there are real plans going on behind the scenes. Recent announcements have not targeted the upper end users of the SLR system. No upper end lenses, other than the 560mm. No upper end bodies except a slight modification of the K5.

I would like to see a flagship successor to the K5 come out with some improvements in video, focus peaking, better auto focus, whatever they can throw in it. And more lenses -- faster and wider in particular...
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