Why does Pentax FF have to truly be FF?

Started May 25, 2012 | Discussions thread
Joseph S Wisniewski
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Good question...
In reply to Luis Fonseca, May 26, 2012

Luis Fonseca wrote:

Joseph S Wisniewski wrote:

Canon, Sony, Fill Factory (sensor business sold to Cypress), and CMOSIS can do it affordably. I think Sony is the only one in that list who'd deal with Pentax.

Cypress and CMOSIS are, according to their own site, hold by investment groups.

Why would they deal with Ricoh/Pentax?

I don't think Pentax Ricoh (that's the order they officially go in, Pentax Ricoh Imaging) will ever deal with Cypress. The Kodak SLR/n and SLR/c pretty much proved that their "economical" full-frame process was nowhere equal to Sony or Canon's offerings. Pentax got burnt once before, their original full-frame offering had a sub-par sensor, but when Contax fell on their face using the same sensor, Pentax halted development plans before releasing the camera.

Ricoh is one of the largest copiers manufacturer and they are partially owned by Hitachi (a company that makes Canon look like a small business :-D)

Which is probably a good reason not to go with CMOSIS, because as a large copier maker, they have a deeply entrenched relationship with another sensor producer.

And what about Samsung? Are the ties totally broken?

I'd say so, at this point. And there's the little issue os Samsung never actually releasing (or. apparently, implementing) their rumored full-frame (or larger) stitched sensors.

From a company's point of view, it is not always the best idea to rely on one supplier only for a critical part of the product.

True. But that is, unfortunately, the way the world works. Like Apple relies on Samsung. Yes, there are other embedded ARM companies, but they all do their DSP stuff (the essence of a phone and media player) differently. You can't djust drop a TI ARM in where the Samsung ARM used to go. Neon SIMD is nothing like the TMS320 DSP units).

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