Ricoh to buy Pentax?

Discussion in 'News and Rumors' started by retow, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. retow

    retow All-Pro

    Jul 24, 2010
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  2. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Yip, I saw the news on twitter. Will the name Pentax be changed into Ricoh soon or later?
  3. wow. I've been saying over in the other forum that I thought it possible that Hoya was reducing its APS-C commitment but this is something else. Pentax is good. Ricoh is good. Marrying the two together could be excellent for both.

    2011/07/01 15:21 - Ricoh To Buy Pentax Brand From Hoya
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  4. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I've seen this story in a few places now. After some initial raised eyebrows it kinda makes sense. Ricoh does compacts very well, Pentax not so well. One would hope if this comes to pass that we don't see any simple badge engineering exercises and that the two companies maintain individuality in their product lines whilst sharing common componentry to cut R&D and development costs.
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  5. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    This could be the beginning of a beautiful relationship! And one that I'd think many here would relish.
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  6. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee All-Pro

    Jul 8, 2010
    I'm encouraged. Very unexpected when I woke up this morning.
  7. Grant

    Grant Veteran

    Nov 12, 2010
    Lunenburg Nova Scotia
    According to Digital home.

    "Ricoh will pay Hoya 10 billion yen ($124 million) to acquire its Pentax operation."

    "Hoya, which merged with Pentax in 2008 in a deal valued at $770 million ... "

    Sounds like someones loss is another person's gain.
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  8. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    But has Pentax been split as part of this arrangement?
  9. I understand that Hoya will retain the medical imaging stuff. No idea about lenses. Cameras to Ricoh. Which cameras? no clue. It will all become clear after October 1.
  10. vincechu

    vincechu Veteran

    Sep 14, 2010
    Hey guys, not sure if anyone's seen the "open letter to pentax customers",

    here: Open letter from Hoya to valued Pentax customers and partners | Photo Rumors

    So Pentax will stay as a seperate identity the way i understand it, so the products will still be pentax branded.

    I'm guessing Ricoh will bring out a k-mount GXR unit - which would be very interesting (having used my girlfriends GXR I'm actually very impressed with it) as they also have an leica m-mount coming out
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