Cartridge-based lens mount to become a reality?

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Cartridge-based lens mount to become a reality?
Oct 31, 2009

Six months ago I wrote this:

I really like the concept of interchangeable lenses in a pocket camera, but to ensure that the camera remains flat (when off) Ricoh will need to come up with something smarter then a front bayonet mount. A cartridge would make more sense. If you think about current lens assemblies of the GR-D2 and GX200, there's no reason why these can't be isolated into cartridges that slide in and out of the camera from below.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1013&message=31626067

Searching previous post for "cartridge" and "mount" I discovered that Tom Caldwell thought of the idea a few years earlier:

For a further trip into fantasy land: how about the GX100 type body with a removeable lens and IS on the body? Some sort of cartridge type mount to keep the dimensions compact with lens fitted.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1013&message=22809608

Now this report says it's going to be a reality.

"newest rumour which talks about the Ricoh will use an unique brand new "slide-in" interchangeable lens mount system, which is not a bayonet type!"

http://ricehigh.blogspot.com/2009/10/new-ricoh-mirrorless-digital-system.html

Original post is here:
http://www.dchome.net/viewthread.php?tid=773891

Great minds think alike?

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