Ricoh is considering to withdraw from the camera business – this news comes from Nikkei, here is the English version:
The Japanese company will radically review a production and manufacturing strategy centered on cameras for the retail market, including such brands as Pentax and GR. Options include withdrawing from this segment altogether.
In America, Ricoh is laying off 1,000 workers as it restructures its sales network to reduce overlap with companies it has acquired. In Japan, the company plans to offer early retirement, including to employees who have stayed on past the usual retirement age.
Update: Ricoh issued a statement denying the report, saying that they are focusing on expanding “high-value-added models” (Google translated from Japanese).
Adobe released Lightroom CC 2015.10 and Camera Raw 9.10 with support for the Pentax KP DSLR camera. Here are direct the download links:
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In the past week I have been busy upgrading PentaxRumors to a new server at HostDuplex. The old server could no longer handle the increased traffic. You also probably already noticed that PentaxRumors is now a “secure” website (HTTPS) which is the industry’s standard. A lot of other changes were also introduced on the back end that should improve the overall user’s experience on the site. If you see any strange behavior, please add a comment to this post.
LeicaRumors and PhotoRumors are also now “secure” websites and NikonRumors will be transitioned over by the end of the week.
Some new Pentax DSLR camera deals are available for limited time on Amazon UK:
Ricoh Imaging released the latest version of Digital Camera Utility 5:
Many websites published their reviews of the latest Pentax KP DSLR camera ($1,099). Here is a recap:
Pros and cons from dpreview (see also their gallery):
Pros and cons from ephotozine:
“We particularly like the easily removable hand-grip, especially as the three different sizes are all included in the box – why has no-one thought of this before? Crucially the KP doesn’t skimp on image quality, either, although the headline-grabbing top ISO speed 819,200 proves to be more than a little ambitious. In terms of other negative points, the battery life isn’t the greatest, especially compared to the K-3 II model that this new camera effectively replaces, live view is still a pain to use for moving subjects, it’s a shame that the LCD screen doesn’t tilt to the side, there’s no 4K video or even an HDMI port (!), and the buffer depth for the 7fps burst shooting is too small if you want to shoot Raw files.”
Other Pentax KP camera reviews:
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