Ricoh interview: new Pentax 645 under consideration, Pentax Q could still be alive, “surprise” expected this year (and more)

The latest copy of the Japanese magazine Nippon Camera has an interview with Ricoh/Pentax about their plans for 2019. Here is a recap:

  • Ricoh plans to continue developing cameras.
  • The first big project for 2019 is the new GR III camera.
  • Pentax centenary in November – they did not share how they will celebrate the anniversary.
  • Ricoh is still looking at the Pentax Q and it is not accurate to say that development is discontinued.
  • New Pentax 645 medium format camera is currently under consideration.
  • Ricoh has no plans to kill the 645 camera line.
  • 645 lenses development is also still ongoing, but full-frame K-mount lenses have priority.
  • The Pentax 85mm lens on the roadmap has been put back, but it is still coming.
  • The Pentax DA* 11-18 lens is in the final stages of development, the official announcement is expected before the CP+ show (February 28th – March 3th).
  • Ricoh is also planning a “surprise” for 2019 (most likely a new K-mount lens).
  • On full-frame mirrorless cameras: Ricoh is more interested in serving their customers than following trends.

Source: PentaxForums | Via: PentaxRumors

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