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Ricoh Acquires Pentax to Create Interchangeable Lens Camera Company
Hoya has sold their Pentax camera arm to Ricoh. Their Pentax Imaging Systems arm will be spun-off as a new operation while all shares transferred over to Ricoh as of October 1st. The deal also includes the Pentax camera creation subsidiary located in Vietnam. A general statement from Hoya explains how Ricoh was looking to create a consumer cameras operation and sought the Pentax interchangeable lens camera expertise, lens expertise and sales avenues. It has plans for the operation to specifically include an interchangeable lens camera operation. Terms of the transaction were not released but the Nikkei Business Daily, a Japanese business paper reports the deal was around 10 billion yen ($124.2 million).

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The Ricoh reshuffle gives Pentax control of the PRI camera business. Ricoh announces the PRI Pentax Ricoh Imaging business unit is assuming full control of all development, design and sales of cameras, worldwide. PRI was developed when Ricoh acquired P the consumer divisions of the Ricoh Personal Multimedia Products Company, which designed, manufacture and sold Ricoh cameras. The change took effect April 1st 2012. entax and it's the division that has previously designed, manufactured and sold Pentax cameras. It has now absorbed

Pentax was once a subsidiary of Hoya Corporation. This process was started with Hoya Corporation when Pentax and Hoya formed the Hoya Pentax HD Corporation. The main goal of Hoya was to make their medical-related business stronger by benefiting from Pentax's technologies and knowledge in the sphere of intraocular lenses, endoscopes, biocompatible ceramics, surgical loupes, etc. There was speculation at one time that the Pentax camera business would be sold after the merger.

Hoya has since closed the Tokyo Pentax factory, and relocated a majority of the operations to Southeastern Asia. All the professional grade (DA*) and consumer grade (DA, D-FA) camera lenses are manufactured in Vietnam, while DSLR cameras are manufactured in the Philippines


The K-x has been discontinued as a product line by Pentax, with the announcement of the discontinuance being made in March, 2011. There was some speculation that the Pentax K-r, which was in the same price range, would occupy this spot in Pentax's product line, but it has also since been discontinued. Since this time, Pentax has introduced the mirrorless Pentax K-01 which occupies the price range formally occupied by the K-x, while Pentax's DSLR line continues to feature the Pentax K-5.

The K-01 - Also Discontinued. The first camera of its class to be able to use lenses from the reflex-version bodies without the use of an adaptor. The camera is compatible with all K-Mount lenses which initially launched by Pentax in 1975. Older lenses without the A designation will only meter properly using stop-down metering. Manual focus lenses will continue to function as manual-focus only.


Pentax's K mount, often called the "PK mount", an accepted camera lens mount for attaching an interchangeable camera lens to a 35 mm single-lens reflex camera. Created by Pentax back in 1975, it has been employed by all 35mm and Pentax DSLRs since. Several other camera makers have also manufactured a number of K-mount cameras and lenses. Feb 28, 2011 ✓

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Pentax Mirrorless Camera System
Pentax Q-7 Digital Camera
Pentax Q-7

Jun 12, 2013
12 MP 3″ screen
Compact sensor
$230 - $489
Pentax Q-S1 Digital Camera
Pentax Q-S1

Aug 4, 2014 ✓
12 MP 3″ screen
Compact sensor
$310 - $608
Pentax DSLR Cameras
Pentax K-1 DSLR
Pentax K-1

Announced Feb 17, 2016 36 megapixels 3.2″ screen Full frame sensor Around $1,800
 
Pentax K-3 DSLR
Pentax K-3

Oct 7, 2013
24 MP 3.2″ screen
APS-C sensor
$1,169
Pentax K-3 II DSLR
Pentax K-3 II
 Announced Apr 22, 2015 24 megapixels 3.2″ screen APS-C sensor $716
 

Pentax K-5 D DSLR

Pentax K-5 D

Mar 28, 2011 ✓
16.3 MP 3" screen
APS-C sensor
Pentax K-5 IIs DSLR
Pentax K-5 IIs

Sep 12, 2012 ✓
16 MP 3″ screen
APS-C sensor
$546
Pentax K-5 II DSLR
Pentax K-5 II DSLR

Sep 12, 2012  ✓
16 MP 3″ screen
APS-C sensor
$940 - $998
Pentax K-50 DSLR
Pentax K-50

Jun 12, 2013
16 MP 3″ screen
APS-C sensor
$390 - $797
Pentax K-70 DSLR
Pentax K-70

Announced Jun 8, 2016 24 megapixels 3″ screen APS-C sensor
Pentax 645D DSLR
Pentax 645D

Announced Mar 10, 2010
40 MP 3″ screen
Medium format sensor
$4,888
$9,950.00
Pentax K-S1 DSLR
Pentax K-S1

Aug 27, 2014 ✓
20 MP 3″ screen
APS-C sensor
$622 - $691
Pentax K-S2 DSLR
Pentax K-S2

Announced Feb 10, 2015
20 megapixels 3″ screen APS-C sensor
$697
Discontinued Pentax Cameras
Pentax K-01 DSLR
Pentax K-01

Feb 25, 2013
16 MP 3″ screen
 APS-C sensor
$499 - $622
Discontinued  ✓
Pentax K-x Digital DSLR Camera
Pentax K-x
 
Sep 17, 2009 ✓
12 MP 2.7″ screen
APS-C sensor
$600 - $100%
Discontinued
Pentax K-r mid-level DSLR
Pentax K-r

Aug 16, 2011 ✓
12 MP 3″ screen
APS-C sensor
$399 - $1,100
Discontinued.
PENTAX K-7 14.6MP Digital SLR Camera
Pentax K-7
 
May 20, 2009 ✓
15 MP 3″ screen
APS-C sensor
$430
Pentax K-30 DSLR
Pentax K-30

May 21, 2012
16 MP 3″ screen
APS-C sensor
$400 - $887
Discontinued
 
Pentax K-500 DSLR
Pentax K-500

Jun 12, 2013
16 MP 3″ screen
APS-C sensor
$550 - $696
Discontinued
Pentax Q Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless Camera
Pentax Q

Jun 23, 2011 ✓
12 MP 3″ screen
Compact sensor
$250 - $350
Discontinued
Pentax Q10
Pentax Q10

Sep 12, 2013
12 MP 3″ screen
Compact sensor
$280
Discontinued

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