GXR as Second Pentax Body

Discussion in 'Ricoh' started by Biro, Sep 21, 2012.

  1. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    Ricoh's GXR has been out for about three years now. I've always thought it was kind of neat but ruled it out as not being that relevent for me. Ratchet forward to a Pentax event in New York City a month or two ago, where I had a chance to hold the GXR in my hands for the first time. I simply fell in love it. Ergonomically, it is perfect for me and the camera feels as though it was carved from a solid block of magnesium. Still, I have both my Pentax DSLR and micro four-thirds kits. Hard to justify a third system.

    But... now comes rumors that Ricoh, which of course has owned Pentax for about a year, will be introducing a K-mount module to take Pentax lenses, much like the M-mount module for Leica lenses. I just gave my K200D to my niece, which means the K-5 is my only Pentax camera body. I was thinking about adding either a K-30 or K-5 II body. But it occurs to me the GXR could be my second "Pentax" body and it would be even more compact than a K-5 or K-30. It might even mean I wouldn't need a micro four-thirds kit any longer.

    I think the GXR would be perfect for my DA Limited primes and perhaps a smaller zoom. It even has the option of an EVF, which the Pentax K-01 does not. Moreover, I could dump my Canon SX230 comapct travel zoom camera if I picked up the P10 28-300mm module.

    Of course, the K-mount module isn't actually here yet. Plus there's the Sony NEX 6 to consider. Any thoughts?
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  2. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    I really am a big fan of the GXR as well and hope they continue development.

    Did the rumors mention whether this would be an autofocus module?

    I am wondering how different this would be from a K-01. The K-01 does not have a viewfinder option, but it does have IBIS. Maybe the K-01 DNA will merge with the Ricoh GXR line?
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  3. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    No mention about auto focus but I certainly hope so. But Pentax Forums seems to think it'll happen soon.
  4. adanac

    adanac Veteran

    Sep 30, 2011
    Vancouver, BC
    You can always adapt lenses today, with a M-K mount.

    As for the rumour mill... I wouldn't hold my breath, but it certainly is possible.

    Or you could get the lovely K-01. ;)
  5. That would be the same Pentax forums that had a post with hundreds of comments regarding the "fact" that Pentax had listened, and FF was coming. The post has been pulled this week. It went for nearly 2 years IIRC.

    I'll believe a K-mount module when I see it... and IF I see it, I'll be lining up for a GXR too. I just don't believe its coming.
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