Ricoh (Patent Rumor) New Ricoh Compacts with Prime Lenses?

agentlossing

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This is exciting to me. Regardless of whether it's released under the GR name or as a Pentax or whatever, I'm always for more fixed lens prime compact options. These would be around ~35mm and ~42mm, seems like rather close focal lengths to choose for an APS-C compact, but I'd go for the longer one. A 40mm GR-type camera would be heavenly. We will see what comes out of this.
 
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This is exciting to me. Regardless of whether it's released under the GR name or as a Pentax or whatever, I'm always for more fixed lens prime compact options. These would be around ~35mm and ~42mm, seems like rather close focal lengths to choose for an APS-C compact, but I'd go for the longer one. A 40mm GR-type camera would be heavenly. We will see what comes out of this.
Completely agree ... though a patent doesn't not a product make ...

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agentlossing

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You're quite right. I remember an interview with Ricoh where they seemed to hint they would be open to more APS-C taking cues from the GR III, given its success. I assumed it would be a system camera, but if it ends up being fixed lens compacts, so much the better. It does seem like something they've been ruminating on for some time.
 

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You know what I think? They are going to revisit the GXR concept, but without the evolutionary blind alley of the "lensor" approach. The GXR system is the only one I have bought into three times. The drawbacks - the aforementioned lensor cost/bulk/built-in obsolescence and the lack of a built-in viewfinder were killers every time.

Thus I hope for a "GXR II" - it will look, as the GXR did, like a GR on steroids. It will launch with a compact three high quality lens set (mild wide, wide standard and mild tele) in a weatherproof body. Manual focus will be implemented, but only in fly-by-wire form which will nark the purists but work well. Snap focus will be there, of course. No built in flash, but a high quality built in EVF. It will be targeted uncompromisingly at a street and travel demographic and would have an always-on WiFi connection to your mobile, uploading to a secure cloud. It will retail for somewhere just North of £1200 with one lens of your choice and additional lenses will retail around £700 each.

Possibly...
 

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You know what I think? They are going to revisit the GXR concept, but without the evolutionary blind alley of the "lensor" approach. The GXR system is the only one I have bought into three times. The drawbacks - the aforementioned lensor cost/bulk/built-in obsolescence and the lack of a built-in viewfinder were killers every time.

Thus I hope for a "GXR II" - it will look, as the GXR did, like a GR on steroids. It will launch with a compact three high quality lens set (mild wide, wide standard and mild tele) in a weatherproof body. Manual focus will be implemented, but only in fly-by-wire form which will nark the purists but work well. Snap focus will be there, of course. No built in flash, but a high quality built in EVF. It will be targeted uncompromisingly at a street and travel demographic and would have an always-on WiFi connection to your mobile, uploading to a secure cloud. It will retail for somewhere just North of £1200 with one lens of your choice and additional lenses will retail around £700 each.

Possibly...
Bill, you’re still alive!
 

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