No APS-C zoom GXR camera unit this year - Part II

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No APS-C zoom GXR camera unit this year - Part II
Sep 17, 2011

slappo wrote:

Yesterday I talked to a Ricoh dealer in Stockholm. He said that the first batch of the M-mount for Europe only is 50 units.

He also hinted that the APS zoom lens will not be available until May 2012
But, I hope he is mistaken about that.

He is probably correct on both assertions:

  • M-mount small first batch for Europe is just to satisfy pre-release demand. I guess an equally small batch was sent to US for exactly same purpose. Same thing will happen in a few other places around the world (Hong Kong, Singapore, Taipei, etc). The rest is going to Ricoh's domestic market i.e. Japan. Ricoh is in a hurry to cash in on these early buyers before Sony starts shipping the NEX-7 in mid-November.

  • My feeling is that the fate of the GXR APS-C zoom lens module is still being decided upon by Ricoh management, as is the future of the GXR system. Also I doubt they have so much as a prototype of the APS-C zoom right now. Frankly, if all they can come up with by May 2012 is a standard 28-85mm equiv. zoom lens, f/4.5 to f/5.6, with an old 12MP sensor for around $700, I am NOT going to buy it . For the same money I can get a NEX-5N with kit zoom lens.

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