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Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-12-2017, 07:53 AM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 213
Views: 23,217
OK. Here is some translation only about camera business.

1. Regarding to money-losing camera business, Ricoh is going to cultivate corporate demand for its 360-degree-camera series Theta.

2. CEO Yamashita denied the immediate withdrawal from consumer camera business like Pentax.

3. He said Ricoh is going to narrow down camera models. Ricoh has started to consider whether Ricoh should truly do business for some non-core-business including camera. Ricoh is going to restructure in the next three years.

4. He recognizes the reorganization and restructuring of camera business as a suject to consider.

That's it.

By the way, your photos are great. I also like to shoot waterfalls.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-12-2017, 06:02 AM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 213
Views: 23,217
Well, I know another article which quotes Ricoh CEO Yamashita's comments today on the future of camera business. It's not so bright. Here it is.

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I'd translate if you want. I'm not spreading fake news. I think this is important for Pentax users. If you want to complain, say it to Ricoh.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-12-2017, 04:03 AM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 213
Views: 23,217
I only quoted Nikkei news. Did you read it?
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-12-2017, 03:11 AM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 213
Views: 23,217
It looks like your translation is perfect as far as I know, although I might miss something. Anyway, in my very negative view, the last sentence is very important.



As I quote earlier, Nikkei says Ricoh is considering to cut down consumer-oriented camera business and instead focus on automotive camera which is growing. The automotive camera market is going to be three times more than today in 10 years, according to some estimates.

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Panasonic is also focusing on that market, reducing the BtoC business like Ricoh. Getting into "a new market that would utilize our camera technology in the BtoB domain of business solutions" should be what Ricoh really wants to say in the press release.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-11-2017, 08:28 PM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 213
Views: 23,217
This is official: Ricoh scales down Pentax.

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Ricoh is planning to narrow down Pentax lineups, Yamashita CEO says.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-11-2017, 07:20 PM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 213
Views: 23,217
According to ITmedia, Japanese news source, Ricoh refuted Nikkei article, saying that "Ricoh is going to nail down product lineup and shift toward high value-added products, but not to abandon consumer business, Ricoh plans to grow high value-added products for consumers".

http://www.itmedia.co.jp/news/articles/1704/12/news063.html (in Japanese)

I'm not sure which is correct.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-11-2017, 04:16 PM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 213
Views: 23,217
Don't blame them. Most of them know nothing about what top management is going to do. They are like us.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 04-11-2017, 03:46 PM  
Ricoh to get out of camera business?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 213
Views: 23,217
According to today's Nikkei, Japan's largest business newspaper, Ricoh is going to scale back camera business. It could get out of consumer camera business completely.

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Sad news...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2016, 06:59 PM  
K-1 price hike
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 163
Views: 23,332
Don't worry. The Japanese have to pay more even after the recent K-1 price hike in the US. The lowest price on a price competitive site is now 222,412 yen or $2160, which is 10% more than the hiked price. It looks like all Japanese makers set the price based on the dollar.

Look at Canon's 5D mark IV. Americans can buy it for $3500, which is the same with the initial price of the 5D mark III. On the other hand, Japanese have to pay 420,000 yen for the 5D mark IV compared with 5D mark III's 322,000, which is 30% less.

The reason is yen depreciation till last year. I guess makers set prices fixed last year when the yen significantly depreciated against the dollar. Some Japanese have started to buy overseas for cheaper products.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-25-2016, 07:09 PM  
New lens road map
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 278
Views: 25,382
It takes 1 and 3 years for Tamron's 15-30mm and 24-70mm respectively to be Pentax's after the initial models are released. It's no surprise that happens again. The reason for delay is that Pentax might want to avoid being labeled as "rebadged" when all models are announced at the same time.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-25-2016, 06:31 PM  
New lens road map
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 278
Views: 25,382
I haven't read all the comments so far of this thread, but here is my idea. Pentax describes the DA 70mm f2.4 lens as "large diameter". F2.4 can be in the range of "large diameter" for Pentax, so there is no wonder that recent Tamron f1.8 lenses, that is 35mm, 45mm, and 85mm, are rebadged to be Pentax's own lenses.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-22-2016, 07:34 PM  
70-200mm to be launched on 18th March
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 20
Views: 2,656
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2016, 09:16 PM  
Picture of K-1
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 357
Views: 61,108
I've noticed "Fx2" in the second picture and "Raw Fx1" in the third picture. I'm wondering what those are...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2016, 08:21 PM  
Picture of K-1
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 357
Views: 61,108
6 points more than the K-3/II would not be enough to cover "a decent proportion of the full frame", I'm afraid.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2016, 08:05 PM  
Picture of K-1
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 357
Views: 61,108
Don't worry. That's from the digicame.info which is very trustworthy.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2016, 08:03 PM  
Picture of K-1
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 357
Views: 61,108
I can't see very well, but it looks like it has 33 points (=5 times 5 + 3 times 2 + 2).
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2016, 07:51 PM  
Picture of K-1
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 357
Views: 61,108
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2016, 05:16 PM  
K-1 Specs
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 541
Views: 50,474
You can contact me anytime. Haha...
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-12-2016, 05:10 PM  
K-1 Specs
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 541
Views: 50,474
Probably we can see a production model of the K-1 at this month's CP+, with the 1DXII, the D5, the D500, the X-Pro2, and Sony's two F2.8 zooms. The CP+ should be very busy.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 02-11-2016, 03:21 AM  
Final Countdown to Feb 25th 2016 (CP+ 2016)
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 1,654
Views: 172,757
I hope he hasn't applied Pentax technology to missiles.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-07-2015, 05:22 PM  
Pentax FF spring 2016
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 971
Views: 91,802
Let me add one thing: those connections don't always prove the correctness of information. Does Tokyo really talk about the critical inside information in advance to a branch? No offense, but I think that the recent blunder surrounding Asahiman is a sign that Tokyo is very tight on information control. Branch people may have heard about some "rumor" in the house, but It isn't necessarily what Tokyo really intends.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-06-2015, 04:52 AM  
Do we need a countdown to Oct 6th?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 792
Views: 74,382
That's not actually correct. Pentax's Kitazawa mentioned it in 2012 already:

http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/interview/20121010_564928.html

"We'll definitely put out a full frame because we're developing it as a commercial product."
"We're going to put it out after 2013. You can count on it."
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 10-05-2015, 06:21 PM  
Do we need a countdown to Oct 6th?
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 792
Views: 74,382
At least for today, Ricoh Imaging Japan has just announced that GR 10th anniversary "10th GReeting" will be held on 24th this month in Tokyo. That's it. I hope something more comes up.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-30-2015, 06:56 PM  
Pentax FF spring 2016
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 971
Views: 91,802
That's true. The "real" data are anybody's guess, but I think that BCN's data are useful to estimate the actual market share in Japan. BCN, a market research firm, covers half of Japan's top 10 electronics stores in terms of sales. According to that, Pentax's recent share was 4.5% in DSLR.

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According to Ricoh's financial report, domestic sales in "Other" segment which mainly consists of digital cameras exceed more than 80% in total in the recent quarter.

http://www.ricoh.com/IR/financial_data/financial_result/data/28/q1_report.pdf

Pentax is a heavily domestic-oriented company unlike Canon or Nikon which sells 80% in overseas markets.
Forum: Pentax News and Rumors 09-28-2015, 10:56 PM  
D FA 24-70mm F2.8 ED SDM WR Officially Announced
Posted By Daikokuya
Replies: 557
Views: 57,017
A Japanese camera retailer Yaotomi asked Pentax why the 24-70mm isn't a star lens, and it got a response from Pentax:

????????HD PENTAX-D FA 24-70mmF2.8ED SDM WR??????????????? - ??????????by????????

"We decide whether to call a lens 'star' based on several factors."
"The 24-70mm doesn't meet the criteria, so we haven't made it a star lens."
"We don't announce what decision criteria we use."

That's it.
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