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04-01-2008, 06:58 AM   #1
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OMG!! Hoya Announces sale of Pentax to Nikon

I was just surfing the net and found some info regarding an announcement from the President of Hoya. He said a press release will be sent out later today. The announcement was on a Japanese web site for about one hour this morning before the markets opened in NYC and is now taken down. I'll keep digging and see what more I can post to confirm this further.

Just one day after closing the deal on the Pentax Hoya merger. Hoya has announced the sale of Pentax to Nikon. Nikon has plans to use the Cmos sensor and SR technology in a new line of affordable DSLR's. Lens mounts will stay the same until the end of the year when all products will be fully compatible with the Nikon lens lineup.


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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Lens mounts will stay the same until the end of the year when all products will be fully compatible with the Nikon lens lineup.
I wonder if they'll make them dual-compatible. That'd be cool.

They should make them also accept Canon lenses while they're at it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattdm Quote
I wonder if they'll make them dual-compatible. That'd be cool.

They should make them also accept Canon lenses while they're at it.
Oh, and minolta and olympus too while they are at it! Can you imagine the possibilities of in-camera SR with in-lens VR? I bet you could hand-hold a 200mm lens at 1sec exposure!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
I was just surfing the net and found some info regarding an announcement from the President of Hoya. He said a pres release will be sent out later today. The announcement was on a Japanese web site for about one hour this morning before the markets opened in NYC and is now taken down. I'll keep digging and see what more I can post to confirm this further.

Just one day after closing the deal on the Pentax Hoya merger. Hoya has announced the sale of Pentax to Nikon. Nikon has plans to use the Cmos sensor and SR technology in a new line of affordable DSLR's. Lens mounts will stay the same until the end of the year when all products will be fully compatible with the Nikon lens lineup.
And a 'happy April fool's day' to you too, Peter.

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Can't fool you guys for too long. Ah well that was short but fun. Guess what the new mount will be called? Nikon uses an F mount and Pentax a K mount and it will be Universal.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
Can't fool you guys for too long. Ah well that was short but fun. Guess what the new mount will be called? Nikon uses an F mount and Pentax a K mount and it will be Universal.
Ah yes, but they'll all be bayonet's of sorts.
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another good one

Canon and Nikon Combine Forces on Open Format DSLRs : Photography Bay
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Thanks for the April fool joke

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hmm.. Was Lirpa Loof in attendance at this one, too?
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Man I was just going to post the same thing. I was going to say Pentax buys Nikon and talk of the new Pentikon dk30 unvailed at noon.
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Reminds me of a few years back when the evening news in Malta announced they would be going from Right-hand-drive to left-hand-drive overnight. The panic it caused was unbelievable.

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That is some funny stuff.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Peter Zack Quote
I was just surfing the net and found some info regarding an announcement from the President of Hoya. He said a press release will be sent out later today. The announcement was on a Japanese web site for about one hour this morning before the markets opened in NYC and is now taken down. I'll keep digging and see what more I can post to confirm this further.

Just one day after closing the deal on the Pentax Hoya merger. Hoya has announced the sale of Pentax to Nikon. Nikon has plans to use the Cmos sensor and SR technology in a new line of affordable DSLR's. Lens mounts will stay the same until the end of the year when all products will be fully compatible with the Nikon lens lineup.
I knew that months ago!
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Oh, and minolta and olympus too while they are at it! Can you imagine the possibilities of in-camera SR with in-lens VR? I bet you could hand-hold a 200mm lens at 1sec exposure!
Unfortunately, it's a well known fact that the resonant vibrations created by the two systems would cause all the glass in your lens to shatter, so that's a no-go.
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Well Nikon had to find some Quality Kit from somewhere................................LOL


Great joke though
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