This could be the patent for the “special” battery grip of the Pentax KP



This could be the patent corresponding to the “well-considered battery grip system” of the rumored Pentax KP camera. The grip attaches with a special locking handle and not by using the tripod socket as other cameras:





Source: IPforce via PentaxForums, ForumPentax

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  • Aekn

    I believe the MZ-S had a locking lever system for the battery grip. I would have been great to see a DSLR version of the MZ-S come to fruition.

  • 5857521ManitobaInc

    iit would be nice to have the tripod socket lined up with the sensor centre with the grip attached for astro photography…. then you’d have an easier time getting the lens lined up properly for timelapse and star tracking shots.. that is for sure…

    • PMichaelP

      No reason why Pentax would not keep centerd.

      • Zos Xavius

        it’s because in the current design the battery position forces them to offset the tripod socket.

    • Zos Xavius

      The battery is in the way unfortunately with the current grip. edit: you can find l-brackets that negate this.

      • 5857521ManitobaInc

        true.. I’ve owned several pentax battery grips.. and truthfully a slight redesign would make it possible to move the tripod hole but in all likelyhood that would require a weatherseal AND a metal plate both of which add cost.. or…
        by removing the space between the grip and the current lock wheel, you could choose to either make the unit more compact (I suspect that is what they did) or move the battery up and make room for relocating the tripod mount in a centered position..

  • 5857521ManitobaInc

    hump for the headphone jack is missing.

    • PMichaelP

      On the original K3 it as an addon to an existing body. with a new body no reason it couldn’t be intergrated into the camera so no hump.

      • 5857521ManitobaInc

        more likely… there’s no headphone jack…

        • PMichaelP

          Perhaps this battery grip offers additonal features as on the Fuji XT2. Increase in FPS, headphone jack etc..

          • 5857521ManitobaInc

            possibly. more likely they dropped the jack, Ricoh/Pentax already stated video isn’t a priority for them.

    • TinusVerdino

      It’s a K-5 on the pic. This is about the grip not the camera.

      • 5857521ManitobaInc

        that grip won’t fit any camera but the new KP

        • TinusVerdino

          The camera in the patent doesn’t matter, it’s about the grip technology. You cannot tell anything from it about the kp except for the grip attachment.

          • 5857521ManitobaInc

            I’m inclined to believe they patented BOTH the latching mechanism AND the receiving end on the camera body… so obviously.. the design is TWO parts.. so you can’t really say either way if the drawing is accurate or deliberately altered but I’m sticking with my original guess..no headphone hack..

          • TinusVerdino

            You can think whatever you like.

          • Mistral75

            Pentax and now Ricoh Imaging always use an older camera body to illustrate their patents. For instance, during the K10D era it was the *istD.

  • speedPhoenix

    Actually the source is on the comment section in digicame-info. There are 3 patents that were discussed.
    1 New battery Grip http://ipforce.jp/patent-jp-A-2016-133765
    2. Remote control through Smartphone: http://ipforce.jp/patent-jp-A-2016-63277
    3. New AF system: http://ipforce.jp/patent-jp-A-2016-12094

    • PMichaelP

      Anyone speak/read japanese?

      • Mistral75

        Use J-PlatPat to obtain an English translation:

        – go to this page https://www4.j-platpat.inpit.go.jp/eng/tokujitsu/tkbs_en/TKBS_EN_GM101_Top.action
        – enter the number of the patent, for instance 2016-133765 for the battery grip patent, in the second (from top to bottom) field on the right
        – click ‘Search’
        – click on the ‘JP,2016-133765,A’ hyperlink
        – click on ‘Detail’
        – then browse between ‘Claims’, ‘Detailed Description’ and ‘Drawings’.

  • PMichaelP

    I suspect the “special battery grip” does a lot more than add some extra batteries and provide for a vertical grip.

  • what’s wrong with screwing a battery grip into the tripod socket it isn’t as if you are going to use it

    • It seems that the new system will be faster to mount/unmount. I see no other advantage.

      • Gosh with the six seconds I save I can have a scratch

    • Richard Jackson

      That’s Pentas for you, providing a solution to a problem you didn’t really have.

      • Richard Jackson

        K-1 bendy rear screen is a classic example.

    • TinusVerdino

      You could also use this as a quick release for tripods

  • Stefan Senf

    What Camera is this? No K-70, no K-3! Probably a drawing of KP? If that is the case, where is the front dial? Touch-operated?

    • Kunzite

      Sigh… this is a representation of a camera, and not a specific model – definitely not a yet unannounced body.
      No patent would be tied to a certain camera model.
      They would not reveal information about a certain body design in a patent.

    • TinusVerdino

      It’s a graphic K-5

  • Hiro

    Went to Yodobashi camera in Akihabara, their flagship store. The Pentax section used to be really plain and small, but recently Pentax added a whole new very nice section dedicated to Pentax.

    The thing is that, the section gets nice display of limited lenses, 645 body and lenses, not to mention new line ups of K1 and K70, but MISSING K-3ii. It had been eradicated from the entire store.
    So it’s pretty obvious what will come next from this perspective.

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  • Mistral75

    Pentax KP will have new battery grip D-BG7 as accessory.

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