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03-02-2017, 07:41 AM   #721
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Thing are going forward..and the future looks good..All that matters
That's because the train is getting closer .

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Ricoh also seems to have worked on the AF. The original review noted that "Autofocus with phase detection was hit and miss with tested sample". The new version says: "The crisp and efficient DC motor drives the AF system and is quiet, fast and reliable."



Well, Ricoh took over Pentax in October 2011. I think that about five and a half years after the acquisition, 'Hoya' is not a valid excuse anymore if someone goes wrong in Pentaxland
Of course it is. Capital remained tight for three years after the acquisition - and Hoya had stripped the company, so capital investment was and is required.

From 08/2011 - 01/2014 Ricoh underwent a significant restructuring, laid off 10,000 employees, consolidated numerous office equipment operations, built a $1.2Billion plant in China and sold off non-core office equipment operations (they overreached paying $1.2 billion for IKON Office Solutions in 2008). Imaging had little acces to parent capital until FY2016 (starting 04/2015).

And it is still going on in North America.

K-1, new lenses, new business plan for North America, Europe market survey all happened after parent completed its realignment. We often forget the circumstances in which tiny Ricoh Imaging operates. We're lucky Pentax even exists. I still don't understand why Ricoh bought it.

Not excuses - just context.

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That's because the train is getting closer .
But which train is it?
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But which train is it?
The one shedding light in the tunnel, of course.

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Not to much light since sales of dslr in Japan is still on the slope down....

http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-201701_e.pdf
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Not to much light since sales of dslr in Japan is still on the slope down....

http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-201701_e.pdf
Indeed, even though a single month cannot be extrapolated to the whole year to come, the figures are nonetheless impressive:

- mirrorless cameras: +48.3 in number of units sold and +47.4% in turnover (shipments)
- DSLRs: -11.1% in number of units sold and +6.5% in turnover.

This is also the first month ever during which shipments of mirrorless cameras to Japan were higher than those of DSLRs. When you remember how Nippon-centric Ricoh Imaging are...
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OWTH. I'm jumping ship to GoPro.
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Pentaxian RonHendriks1966's Avatar Join Date: Jan 2009 Photos: Gallery Posts: 8,540 | Likes: 583 Not to much light since sales of dslr in Japan is still on the slope down.... http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-201701_e.pdf
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Not to much light since sales of dslr in Japan is still on the slope down.... http://www.cipa.jp/stats/documents/e/d-201701_e.pdf
One month certainly does not mean a lot, but those stats are encouraging. DSLR sales are down over last January, but overall camera sales, ILC sales, and mirrorless sales are all up. Ron, I assume your doom and gloom was based on the DSLR number? Obviously that is a concern for us Pentax folks, but as we have discussed extensively, CIPA stats do not tell the whole story. But you knew that.

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OWTH. I'm jumping ship to GoPro.
Being between Scylla and Charybdis, eh?
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QuoteOriginally posted by rangercarp Quote
One month certainly does not mean a lot, but those stats are encouraging. DSLR sales are down over last January, but overall camera sales, ILC sales, and mirrorless sales are all up. Ron, I assume your doom and gloom was based on the DSLR number? Obviously that is a concern for us Pentax folks, but as we have discussed extensively, CIPA stats do not tell the whole story. But you knew that.
Yes I know that. Last Ricoh figures presented had some information in it. It was end januari made, so they had information about sales in januari and for upcoming shipments in februari and probably a glance at what march would become. The forcast in it was that the running quarter would see the lowest sales in yen since Ricoh owns Pentax. So yes, cipa isn't telling it all.
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Being between Scylla and Charybdis, eh?
Shamefully, a classical education is no longer common.
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QuoteOriginally posted by RonHendriks1966 Quote
Last Ricoh figures presented had some information in it. It was end januari made, so they had information about sales in januari and for upcoming shipments in februari and probably a glance at what march would become. The forcast in it was that the running quarter would see the lowest sales in yen since Ricoh owns Pentax.
I missed that report. Do you have a link you can share?
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I missed that report. Do you have a link you can share?
http://www.ricoh.com/IR/financial_data/financial_result/data/29/q3_report.pdf page 22

Below a graph plotted according to calendar year, not Ricoh's April-March fiscal year. It's Ricoh turnover in billions of JPY for the Other division outside Japan (what they call Overseas), i.e. Ricoh Imaging outside Japan. I took that since the Other division mainly includes non-photo related business in Japan (leasing primarily).



The bump in Q2 2016 (April-June) corresponds to K-1 shipments IMO. Their forecast for the current quarter is surprisingly low.
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Good is no more bright ?
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Good is no more bright ?
It's not necessarily a new trend, it might be specific to this quarter: post-Christmas hangover (Christmas retail sales lower than expected and distributors inventories high).
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