Ricoh's new FF retro Pentax LX rumor

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anthony mazzeri
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Ricoh's new FF retro Pentax LX rumor
10 months ago

The rumour mill is busy with talk of a retro style Pentax LX full frame coming soon. Pretty similar in fact to the anticipated new Nikon retro F3 coming in two weeks. Both of these old cameras looked fairly identical actually as well as also featuring interchangeable viewfinders, so will that carry forward into the new digital versions?

The main difference with the retro-Nikon F3-D (for want of a name at this point) in the speculation as far as I can see is it will be standard SLR F mount, while the new retro-Pentax LX-D will adopt a whole new shorter flange A-mount (A for Ace, after K and Q), which will allow two adapters for legacy K mount lens - one for manual focus with metering etc, and a more expensive motorised adapter for auto focussing as well.

So basically the Pentax will be able to take short-flange lenses while the Nikon will not, so the question for all us Ricoh users is will this become the successor to the GXR we've been waiting for? I suppose they could just do a Ricoh-branded M-mount version with micro-lenses to suit rangefinder lenses like the GXR Mount A12, but would that actually be worth doing for them?

PS. One key rumour is that the retro-Nikon will not have video at all in order to keep the cost down, ie so no need  for a super processor or buffer etc to handle the huge data loads or cooling system/chassis to dissipate heat etc. But after the Coolpix A vs GR launch pricing, I don't imagine Nikon will actually retail it for less than Ricoh's retro-Pentax anyway.

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