Why Pentax Need a New Mount Now

Started Nov 13, 2013 | Discussions thread
anthony mazzeri
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Re: Or Ricoh mount?
In reply to audiobomber, Nov 13, 2013

audiobomber wrote:

6x9 wrote:

Currently Pentax have two mount types - K(AF3) for APS-C (and potentially for FF), and Q for a small size sensor.

Three mounts. You forgot the 645D.

Four mounts. You forgot the GXR M-mount.

Ricoh I believe is the only company to cover four mount categories - mirrorless, rangefinder, SLR and medium format. Adding a whole new larger-sensor mirrorless mount will bring it up to five in total, so if one has to go by the wayside to avoid spreading their resources too thinly, the obvious choice would be the M-mount.

But maybe they won't have to make that choice. One advantage of the M-mount is it has a plethora of top quality rangefinder lenses already available for it, yet is actually patent-free so one idea which I've seen mentioned many times is Ricoh simply adding their own proprietary AF system to it so all those rangefinder lenses will still work natively on it as per the GXR-M, plus then also any new mirrorless AF lenses they develop for it.

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