Interesting: Ricoh Japan changed Facebook and Twitter account to “Pentax by Ricoh Imaging”


Today the Twitter and Facebook social media accounts of Ricoh Imaging Japan were changed to “Pentax by Ricoh Imaging“. This is an interesting development given the reports/rumors about Ricoh getting out of the camera business and potentially selling the Pentax brand.

Via PentaxForums

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Ricoh announces plug-in partner program for Ricoh Theta V

Ricoh announces Plug-in Partner Program for RICOH THETA V

Launching spring 2018, initiative includes an online marketplace where third parties can upload and share their Android-based plug-ins for the popular consumer 360-degree camera

LAS VEGAS (CES 2018, South Plaza, Booth #64704), January 8, 2018 – Ricoh today announced the RICOH THETA V Partner Program, which will launch in spring 2018. The new program will support third-party developers interested in creating their own Android™-based plug-ins for the RICOH THETA V, the top-of-the-line Ricoh 360-degree camera capable of capturing fully-spherical photos and 4K video. The program will be featured at CES 2018, where attendees will be able to get a hands on experience creating their own plug-in, resulting in the creation of a new feature for the RICOH THETA V camera.

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HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW prototype lens review


The Japanese photographer Kimio Tanaka (who had previously released info on the Pentax-09 Telephoto macro lens) posted a review of the new HD Pentax-D FA★ 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW prototype lens (Google translation). Here is the recap by Mistral75:

Update:

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There is no Pentax LX mirrorless camera, but there was a Pentax Digital K mirrorless camera concept back in 1997



The Pentax LX mirrorless camera was just a concept drawings created by a Pentax fan 7 years ago.

The Pentax Digital K mirrorless camera with K-mount, on the other hand, was real (pictured above) – it was designed back in 1997 and was on display at the 2006 Photokina show:

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Ricoh/Pentax GR-E full frame curved sensor camera rumors


There is a discussion on dpreview about a rumored new Ricoh/Pentax GR-E full frame curved sensor camera (E for Extreme). Here are the details – apparently Ricoh will cease all camera production and the GR line will be moved over to the Pentax brand:

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Happy New Year + the most popular posts of 2017


  
  
Happy New Year to all PhotoRumors readers! Here are the top 10 most popular blog posts for 2017:

  1. More info on the upcoming Pentax KP DSLR camera
  2. Rumors from Japanese magazine: Pentax M-E mirrorless camera
  3. The Pentax KP is not the replacement of the K-3 II, new high-end Pentax DSLR coming in 6 months
  4. More Pentax KP pictures
  5. A year later, DxOMark officially publishes their Pentax 645Z test results
  6. Pentax D FA * 85mm f/1.4 lens also on the 2017 roadmap
  7. New Ricoh WG-50 camera to be announced soon, Pentax K-1 Silver limited edition coming later in 2017
  8. New Pentax D FA 50mm f/1.4 lens under development
  9. Two new Pentax history posters released
  10. This could be the patent for the “special” battery grip of the Pentax KP

Here are the PentaxRumors posts for December 2017: Read More »

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The current Pentax US lens discounts are set to expire tomorrow


The current Pentax US lens discounts are set to expire tomorrow, December 31st, 2017 at 11:59 pm. The full list of discounted Pentax lenses can be found here.

You can also still get the Pentax K-1 with free battery grip for $1,799.

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