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03-05-2016, 09:03 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Ricoh adds new 'Pentax history' content to Pentax.com

Lots of updated Pentax history content is now available in a special area of Pentax.com. Includes a very nice annotated chronology of Pentax camera releases ('Course of History') [pic related]



and an 'Archive' area documenting every Pentax SLR every made (up to 2014).

The content is in Japanese but works well when opened in Google Chrome or using Google Translate:

http://www.pentax.com/jp/pentaxhistory/

03-05-2016, 09:13 PM   #2
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wonderful. I hope this means the Lens Lab opens sooner than 'soon.'
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Hmm, Google say it has translated it but it is still in Japanese.
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This content is availiable in English in the Pentax Story App for ipad.

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Can't see the Z-70 on there. Did they forget that one?
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There are quite a few body missing, including in the digital period.

I think the idea is rather to point/illustrate main changes in technology than to be exhaustive with products...
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QuoteOriginally posted by x-country Quote
This content is availiable in English in the Pentax Story App for ipad.
There's a Pentax app?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
There are quite a few body missing, including in the digital period.

I think the idea is rather to point/illustrate main changes in technology than to be exhaustive with products...
It's exhaustive in the archive section for digital bodies (except prototypes), isn't it ?

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What I don't get is why they're using the Pentax.com domain exclusively to talk about the K-1 (and even then, why the homepage doesn't redirect to the special site). Pentax.com should have info on all the latest Pentax models plus region-specific resources about retailers and service. It would greatly improve brand discovery by newcomers, in my opinion.

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Hmm, Google say it has translated it but it is still in Japanese.
Parts of some pages are text in graphics (JPEG's), so Google cant translate those [yet]. But much of the web page HTML text translates well in other parts of the sub-site.

QuoteOriginally posted by p38arover Quote
There's a Pentax app?
In the Apple Store there's a iOS Pentax 'presentation' more than an app 'Pentax Story'. And a half-baked Android 'Pentax Story' in Google Play too.

But neither the IOS or Android apps have all of the historical content that the Pentax.com web site has now, I think (I don't have anything Apple to check the IOS app).

QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Pentax.com should have info on all the latest Pentax models plus region-specific resources about retailers and service. It would greatly improve brand discovery by newcomers, in my opinion.
I agree. I think Pentax/Ricoh are a bit slow in figuring out Internet.
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I downloaded the iPad app. Thanks for that. I always wondered why my Spotmatic had SP on it. I never knew that was the model no.
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It would be great if this will be available in android. I for one have no idea about Pentax's history. Before I got into Pentax, I really didn't care about the brand.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Glorfindelrb Quote
It's exhaustive in the archive section for digital bodies (except prototypes), isn't it ?
Sorry yes, it should be.
I was speaking of "course of history" section.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Zygonyx Quote
There are quite a few body missing, including in the digital period.

I think the idea is rather to point/illustrate main changes in technology than to be exhaustive with products...
shame they only make a passing mention of the 6x7 and nothing of its refinements - it was a radically different 6x7 camera!
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Before I got into Pentax, I really didn't care about the brand.
I think this very interesting history is an asset that Pentax (in the past) has not known how to leverage. Ricoh today seems to have a better understanding of the marketing value of the Pentax heritage.
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