Pentax Q 09 telephoto macro lens

A new strange rumor about the Pentax 09 Telephoto Macro lens surfaced online from the Japanese photographer Kimio Tanaka:


“The lens I’m currently testing. It’s small, it’s light, autofocus is fast and the pictures are superb at both macro and infinity positions. The specs and stuff are awesome. Young people, don’t give up hope yet. Keep it up Pentax.”

and his other comments further down:

“Oh, I forgot to mention I borrowed this lens from abroad. Ricoh don’t know about this at all. Just in case.”

“Ricoh didn’t explicitly say that the Q series was discontinued nor that they had terminated the development of TELEPHOTO MACRO. Unfortunately, the situation is rather heading towards the ‘minus’ side.But here, there is the possibility to reverse the trend towards the ‘plus’ side if everyone stands up and cheers. So I won’t give up and I will acclaim.”

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Pentax KP won “BEST APS-C DSLR EXPERT” 2017 TIPA award

PENTAX KP Digital SLR Camera Named “BEST APS-C DSLR EXPERT” at 2017 TIPA Photo & Imaging Awards

TOKYO, April 20, 2017 -RICOH COMPANY, LTD and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. announced that the PENTAX KP was selected the BEST APS-C DSLR EXPERT by the prestigious Technical Image Press Association (TIPA).

TIPA has a worldwide membership of 29 photo and imaging magazines from 14 countries across five continents. TIPA also has a cooperative agreement with the Camera Journal Press Club of Japan. This year the ceremony to present the winning companies with the TIPA trophies will be held in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, 16 June 2017.

TIPA members noted the following details about the products:


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The latest Ricoh Theta 360° camera

Newest Model in the RICOH THETA 360° Camera Series that Shoots 4K Video Developed

Ricoh to showcase a sample camera at the world’s largest broadcast equipment exhibition, NAB Show 2017

Ricoh would like to announce that we will be showcasing a sample camera of the newest model, which shoots high resolution 4K video in 360°, of the RICOH THETA series that shoots 360° images in one shot at the NAB Show 2017 held by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas, USA from April 22 to 27.

Overview of the Product – RICOH THETA series 360° camera:

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Just released: Pentax K-1 and 645z firmware updates, Image Transmitter v2.3.0

Ricoh released new version of Image Transmitter and firmware updates for the K-1 and 645z cameras:

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Ricoh lost 10 billion yen, will revise downward forecast, planning to expand Theta

Ricoh lost 10 billion yen and will revise downward their financial forecast (Google translated):

Ricoh Co., Ltd. announced that it will revise downward forecasts for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2007 on April 11. Approximately 10 billion yen (over 90 million USD) is recorded as impairment loss. Because we can not anticipate expected profits in the digital camera business.

Ricoh said that their Theta product line is doing very well (still in the top ten best-selling digital cameras on Amazon) and the company is planning to expand this business:

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Ricoh issued an official statement regarding their camera business

Ricoh issued an official statement regarding the earlier reports of the company abandoning their camera business:

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Ricoh is considering to withdraw from the camera business

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).

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