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02-25-2019, 06:12 PM - 7 Likes   #1
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KP custom,DFA*85/1.4 CP+ Exhibit

RICOH IMAGING to Exhibit 2 Reference Product
at CP+ 2019 Camera and Imaging Show

TOKYO, February 26, 2019 -RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the exhibition of two reference products -- Interchangeable lens and Limited model of digital SLR currently under development -- at CP + 2019 , one of the largest and most comprehensive camera and imaging show in Asia. This annual event will be held from February 28 to March 3 at the PACIFICO YOKOHAMA convention center in Japan.

Overview of reference products

HD PENTAX-D FA★85mmF1.4 (tentative name)
HD PENTAX-D FA★85mmF1.4 (tentative name)
Interchangeable lens for PENTAX K mount digital SLR cameras
Model name: HD PENTAX-D FA★85mmF1.4 (tentative name)

・ PENTAX K-mount covering the image circle of a 35mm-format full-frame image sensor
・ This lens was developed as a "new-generation star lens", which drastically reviewed internal standards in order to respond to future camera performance improvements
・ Market launch: Not decided



PENTAX K mount digital SLR cameras
Model name: PENTAX KP Custom (tentative name)

・Special customized model of PENTAX KP
・Adopted special coated mount, wooden grip, original top cover
・Market launch: Not decided
Notes: Model name, design, and specification and market launch schedules of these products are all tentative and subject to change without notice. Price will be announced at later date.

https://news.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/rim_info2/2019/20190226_027289.html

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That's a big lens.
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Good to see at least a 3-D printed reference for the 85. Maybe they’ll be farther along by Photokina (May 8-11, 2019). I wonder if there is more to the camera than a wooden grip.
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The custom KP has already been discussed HERE. It's interesting to see that Ricoh might be officially on board with it.

And ooooh, that 85!

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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Good to see at least a 3-D printed reference for the 85. Maybe they’ll be farther along by Photokina (May 8-11, 2019).
No Photokina this year.
Photokina 2019 cancelled - PentaxForums.com

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I wonder if there is more to the camera than a wooden grip.
and five-sided front of prism housing (*)

and gold lettering

and printing on side of prism housing (*)


I'm guessing it's just an appearance thing.

(*) if they really meant to make these changes for this model
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QuoteOriginally posted by monochrome Quote
Good to see at least a 3-D printed reference for the 85. Maybe they’ll be farther along by Photokina (May 8-11, 2019). I wonder if there is more to the camera than a wooden grip.
I think the latest is that Photokina is off, presumably another casualty of the state of the camera industry.

Pushed back to 2020.
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Crikey!!! Nice to see even a Mock -up of the DFA85 . Looks LARRRRRRRGE.....

I really like the Wooden Handle on the KP.
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QuoteOriginally posted by clackers Quote
I think the latest is that Photokina is off, presumably another casualty of the state of the camera industry.

Pushed back to 2020.
Yeah I just read that.

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Is it a flash housing? I see no gaps so perhaps a GPS? Maybe an updated processor for that ever desirable faster write speed and larger buffer? Or is it a pump fake to hide the K-3 replacement.
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After shooting with the DFA* 70-200/2.8 and DFA* 50/1.4 and being incredibly happy with the results, I can tell you that I'll be definitely be on the DFA* 85/1.4 waiting list.

When it comes to the continual 'Ricoh won't do this/that whining problem', I'm definitely part of the problem. All I wish is that they'd release a DFA* 200/2 or 300/2.8 with matching TC's to accompany the DA 560/5.6. Until then, I guess I'll just have to patiently wait. :P
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QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
No Photokina this year.
Photokina 2019 cancelled - PentaxForums.com
and five-sided front of prism housing (*)
and gold lettering
and printing on side of prism housing (*)
I'm guessing it's just an appearance thing.
(*) if they really meant to make these changes for this model
I always thought the silver KP with the DA20~40 was sexy but that black combo with the aggressive prism design is gripping. Pentax has fabulous camera body designers.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
Is it a flash housing? I see no gaps so perhaps a GPS? Maybe an updated processor for that ever desirable faster write speed and larger buffer? Or is it a pump fake to hide the K-3 replacement.
February 2018, a similar photo was posted on FaceBook.
?PENTAX KP?????????????... - ?????? (PENTAX by RICOH IMAGING) | Facebook

I cannot read Japanese, but my understanding was that this was a prototype of the original KP, but I could be wrong about that; this is why I am a little skeptical about this photo. It would be nice for a KP+, or whatever.
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QuoteOriginally posted by reh321 Quote
February 2018, a similar photo was posted on FaceBook.
?PENTAX KP?????????????... - ?????? (PENTAX by RICOH IMAGING) | Facebook

I cannot read Japanese, but my understanding was that this was a prototype of the original KP, but I could be wrong about that; this is why I am a little skeptical about this photo. It would be nice for a KP+, or whatever.
I think the story is that design was a body modification home-brewed by a Pentax employee [per Mistral75 below, the designer of the K-30]. I’d guess he showed it to the design team and they used it for the special edition KP Custom. The image appears to be from an official Ricoh Imaging Press Release.

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I saw that re=post of that image last week and was just spitballing ideas since I suspect that the "Pentax is doomed!" Crowd will be arriving soon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by SSGGeezer Quote
I saw that re=post of that image last week and was just spitballing ideas since I suspect that the "Pentax is doomed!" Crowd will be arriving soon.
Where have they been tonight? Did the Mods give them a Time Out?
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