Ricoh’s mirrorless camera: with a “slide-in” interchangeable lens mount system

RICOH R8 LOGO This rumor is coming form a Chinese forum: the expected Ricoh's EVIL €œ(Electronic Viewfinder with Interchangeable Lens)€ camera may have a "slide-in" interchangeable lens mount system and not a k-mount like previous speculated. This idea is not new and has been discussed before on dpreview.

There is also a patent granted to Ricoh a while back "where lenses were split into two parts - basically the lens elements in one and the iris part in another. The iris part was then built on the camera body as a fixed part. The interchangeable bit was only the lens and presumably the focus mechanism only" (source).

Two weeks ago, during the Paris's Photography Show, Ricoh representative said (source): "We are going to issue a small interchangeable lens system instead. It will have a APS-C sized type sensor.... It will be as small as the GX."

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