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Pentax Ricoh changes name and reveals branding strategy

By dpreview staff on Jul 2, 2013 at 11:25 GMT

Hot on the heels of Carl Zeiss's decision to become simply Zeiss, Pentax Ricoh has decided that from August 1st it will be known simply as Ricoh. It's not all bad news for Pentax fans though - the brand name will continue to be used on the company's SLRs and interchangeable lens cameras. Meanwhile the Ricoh name will be used for compact cameras and, cryptically, 'new technological innovations'.


Press release:

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD has today announced that it is changing its company name to RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD, effective from August 1 2013.

In addition, the company has also unveiled its future product brand strategy: both PENTAX and RICOH products will remain in the market under the new name to reinforce the company’s commitment to the business with Pentax becoming the brand for all DSLR, interchangeable lens cameras and binoculars, and Ricoh becoming its brand for compact cameras and new technological innovations.

Purpose of the change

Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company was formed October 1, 2011 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd. to provide more consumer–oriented offerings to the market.

The company’s goal is to leverage the tremendous strength and awareness of the Ricoh brand along with the superior technical innovation of Pentax products to deliver a world- class consumer experience.

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. remains committed to further strengthening its offerings and presence in the area of consumer imaging products and related services.

Comments

Total comments: 98
jaygeephoto
By jaygeephoto (9 months ago)

If they're smart, Ricoh will retain the Pentax name on the camera products. It's known in the industry as a legacy brand naming. Ricoh makes some terrific products, especially their copiers - people really don't care what name is on the office copier, so long as it's reliable - which they are (more than Xerox, alas). Other smart corporations have bought up notable brands brands and have refrained from "peeing on all the bushes" as it were. As good as it is, would anyone want to buy Unilever Cherry Garcia ice cream?

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Alex Sarbu
By Alex Sarbu (9 months ago)

Ricoh clearly stated they will continue to use the PENTAX brand. All the solid arguments made here, they are well aware of them.

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RStyga
By RStyga (9 months ago)

I think it's a wise decision. Personally, it seems a stronger brand name "Pentax" for DSLR/DLSMs and "Ricoh" for compacts. Pentax never got to release any decent compacts besides, perhaps, MX-1, while Ricoh has impressed the industry with its line of advanced compacts for quite a few years. Good move.

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donaldxr
By donaldxr (9 months ago)

I definitely see Ricoh and Pentax as the oddballs of the photography industry. I don't mean it in a negative way, but considering Pentax's rainbow palette of DSLR bodies and their tiny Q cameras along with Richoh's GXR "interchangeable unit" system, they certainly know how to break tradition.

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Madaboutpix
By Madaboutpix (9 months ago)

Jeez, I guess I don't see the problem. Much as I would hate to see the Pentax label go on future DSLRs of the company, Ricoh has made clear that this is exactly *not* what they're up to. And from what little I can see - including the "Reviews and specs" interest score reported on this site - Ricoh's GR premium compact has been received fairly well on the market, and seems to hark back to a whole line of innovative compacts. Therefore, the brand allocation - Pentax for DSLRs and "interchangeables", Ricoh for compacts - actually makes sense and would be a step towards a less confusing brand portfolio.

Ever studied the bottom plate of your Pentax DSLR (if you were busy taking great photographs, you're excused, because that's what these tools are for)? Well, on my K-7 it reads, "PENTAX DIGITAL CAMERA ... HOYA CORPORATION". Has this given me a clinical depression? - No. As long as Ricoh continues this line of wonderful DSLRs and lenses, I'm fine ...

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NeilRW
By NeilRW (9 months ago)

So who ever heard of Ricoh? Bad mistake. Another example of superior Japanese products and complete misunderstanding of how to market in the US. Include Canon & Nikon in the "stupid column". They all seem to infuriate their customers.

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searun
By searun (9 months ago)

Which name resonates with photographers? Ricoh will always sound like a copy machine company to me. Pentax is/was a photographic equipment company. Never owned any Pentax, but I would have been comfortable doing so. Ricoh?

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hexxthalion
By hexxthalion (9 months ago)

Ricoh GR (I guess I don't need to add more)

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

when i hear pentax its the same like old praktikas and voightlaenders, they where innovative when everyone kinda used the same mechanics, and when you could have clever simple ideas to solve problems, like off the plane metering.
but as soon as autofocus or any electronics besides reading a silicium cell with a needlemeeter got modern, they SUCKED

ricohs camera departement ROCKS, they make cameras for photographers, like their gr series, analog and digital. i bet more pros use a gr in their shirtpocket then a pentax in their gearbag

and thats also a pro's decision about what gear to buy, just because he uses it private or in between

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Jefftan
By Jefftan (9 months ago)

Pentax WG-3 become Ricoh WG-4?

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40daystogo
By 40daystogo (9 months ago)

i've been into photography for 36 years, and even though, as a Nikon Leica fan, I've never bought any Pentax or Ricoh products, I feel more warm fuzzies towards Pentax than Ricoh.

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drummercam
By drummercam (9 months ago)

As a brand, my sense is that a chief Pentax characteristic has been the willingness to try novel things in cameras, with the occasional home run as a result (e.g., off-the-film-plane metering on the LX). Another is the ability to produce really top-notch glass when they want to (part of which was optics in the medical industry, and eyeglass lenses, I think -- I don't know if they still do that. Did Hoya strip that away?), and some world class lenses (e.g., 31mm). Another characteristic has been steadfastness to K-mount. Another has been really good form factors (MZ-S and especially K-7/K-5, which is deservedly a long-lived flagship as a result). My hope has been for one more home-run out of the park camera body. If it happens, they have declared that it will still say Pentax on the front. But the bottom ID plate will now say just Ricoh, apparently. I just hate to see "Pentax" disappear from that location, and it makes me wonder what remains of the Pentax / Asahi Optical "old guard."

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bokane
By bokane (9 months ago)

I had an LX. The off the film plane metering was a fabulous innovation, especially with their Pentax shift lens, which on all other cameras has be be metered manually before shifting.
However, since they never offered a full frame camera, I switched to Canon and haven't regretted it.

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drummercam
By drummercam (9 months ago)

I can't argue with your switch to Canon, bokane. Another chief characteristic of Pentax -- adding to my list above -- has been avoidance of full frame. The FA Limited 31mm, 43mm, and 77mm literally begged for a full frame body. Even the DA 40mm Limited works on full frame.

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (9 months ago)

there may be differences but it reminds me
that Omega is a brand held by Swatch.

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Deleted1929
By Deleted1929 (9 months ago)

The worst thing about this is that it shows how incredibly slowly Ricoh reacts to things. Business suicide.

The second worst thing is that when they decided to buy Pentax in the first place they should have already have had a name and structure in mind for the resulting business units. This suggests a management mess at the highest levels in Ricoh, and one that hasn't been sorted out yet.

Lastly it's hard to worry about the name on the product when there isn't a product. If it takes them this long to just decide on a name it's no surprise that there isn't even a hint of anything other than trivial product iteration going on.

Dead or in a coma. What's the difference ?

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Alex Sarbu
By Alex Sarbu (9 months ago)

Reacts to what "things"? Do you have any clue about what prompted this name change?

Are you sure "Pentax Ricoh" wasn't a temporary name, until they would be able to properly merge Pentax with Ricoh's camera division?

The announcement doesn't concern "the name on the product", but only the company's name. They were very clear about it.

Yawn. Another complainer who couldn't properly read the press release.

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JWest
By JWest (9 months ago)

"Properly merge" it by deciding to refer to one half as Ricoh and the other half as Pentax?

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Alex Sarbu
By Alex Sarbu (9 months ago)

There's nothing unusual for a single company to use more than one brand. This doesn't indicate any separation into two halves.

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feral01
By feral01 (9 months ago)

Bwahahaha... It's the end of the world...how will my photos look?, will my K5 still work in the morning?....
Get a grip I say. So there are 2 well known and respected camera companies coming together... At leastt Ricoh is showing committment to the Pentax brand. More importantly, all the better if they continue to make great cameras. I bought my K5 because it is a very good camera, not because of the name on the box.
Really, I didn't realise there are so many "potential" company directors and marketing gurus here..

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (9 months ago)

When I first heard "Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company" (P.R.I.C.), a subsidiary name for a newly formed entity under Ricoh, I thought guys at Ricoh went crazy. Did they consult a brand specialist, who could check what the pronunciations means in English? Car manufacturers do that all the time, check new product names against numerous dictionaries.

With more frequent appearances in pubic press releases and in corporate life, they'd be a butt of a joke — not taken seriously at all. But a new decision is a good sign, obviously. I hope we may expect more frequent and more serious announcements from August 1st 2013.

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anthony mazzeri
By anthony mazzeri (9 months ago)

So the Ricoh name replaces the Asahi name as the manufacturer of repected Pentax D/SLRs.

How are people reading into this as the death of the Pentax brand?

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Zebooka
By Zebooka (9 months ago)

"Sky is falling, we are all doomed!" :)
In fact, I do not care anymore about Pentax. It is like first love — sweet memories, great photos left, but it was in the past. Mature love is not of bells and labels, but of process — taking photos. That's where all brands unite.

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austin design
By austin design (9 months ago)

What the h*ll does any of this mean?!

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ezradja
By ezradja (9 months ago)

good! my first SLR was RICOH anyway...

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Anastigmat
By Anastigmat (9 months ago)

It is a sensible change. Ricoh is a simpler name to remember than Pentax Ricoh. Most Pentax users don't care if Pentax is part of Ricoh anyway, and will continue to buy Pentax whether it is owned by Ricoh or not. Of course people who buy Ricoh cameras are not going to worry about whether Pentax is part of Ricoh or not.

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markgregorwoods
By markgregorwoods (9 months ago)

Why not just be called PR or the camera formerly known as Pentax. I think this is a huge marketing blunder and one that sounds like it came from a failing student in branding 101. If Ricoh is the name then change it all and get it done. Frankly I think Pentax is a more recognizable name and one that holds a much high reputation in the camera world. Either way this branding will not have the strength it needs since it appears the company itself is uncertain of it's own name.

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Gesture
By Gesture (9 months ago)

Don't say that to my Ricoh 500 35mm RF or Ricoh Diacord TLR! Really, of all these entities, it is amazing how many still remain as camera or imaging companies: Yashica/Kyocera, Mamiya, Pentax, Ricoh, Olympus, Casio, Nikon, Canon, Minolta, Konica, Fuji and so on.

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Jack Simpson
By Jack Simpson (9 months ago)

Different name .... Same Great Products :) EDIT: I really can't believe some of the comments below ????

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austin design
By austin design (9 months ago)

Are you telling us you can't believe some of the comments below, or asking us if you can't believe some of the comments below? (Question marks can be a dangerous thing!)

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viktoriskra
By viktoriskra (9 months ago)

Embrace the Pentax GXR!

Hope they won't employ another big ego designer to cock it up.

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (9 months ago)

Seems they got it bass ackwards. "Pentax" has brand equity in cameras, "Ricoh" in office equipment.

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austin design
By austin design (9 months ago)

Ah, but most of the brass in charge are Ricoh men, not Pentax (remember that big Ricoh bought fledgling Pentax). Let's hope their pride doesn't goeth before the fall.

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AbrasiveReducer
By AbrasiveReducer (9 months ago)

This really makes no difference and if it gets some free publicity, so much the better. I'd have wiped the slate clean and called the company Miranda-Topcon. Digital photography/instant gratification has brought so many new people, I doubt most of them even know what a Spotmatic was (or why, despite having excellent lenses, Nikon & Canon passed them by). For their price points, there has never been anything wrong with Pentax or Ricoh (or Minolta, for that matter) but people only know what they are shown, which is Nikon and Apple.

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Gesture
By Gesture (9 months ago)

What is needed is a strong compact camera LINE name. Nikon has Coolpix. Canon has Powershot. Minolta had Dimage; Olympus Camedia and Pentax Optio. (BTW: Pentax Optio 450/550/555 is an outstanding camera for its era and type.) Casio has Exilim and I forgot what Sony's was.

I would go back to Optio or find a new name for the compact cameras: then it's doesn't matter if it's Pentax OPTIO or Ricoh OPTIO.

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Impulses
By Impulses (9 months ago)

Sony -> Cybershot, tho their P&S lineup is shrinking, and honestly, whose isn't? Maybe Canikon's? I don't see what value the P&S model line brands have at this point... The only one that ever truly had mass market name recognition was Powershot anyway, thanks to Canon's relentless marketing. Sharapova was still featured in Powershot spots all over the place not too long ago...

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zakaria
By zakaria (9 months ago)

keep the k mount and take the brand name to the planet!

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Joseph S Wisniewski
By Joseph S Wisniewski (9 months ago)

About time.

I can't believe that it actually took them two years to realize that "Pentax Ricoh Imaging Company" had about the worst initials of any corporate entity in the entire world.

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DotCom Editor
By DotCom Editor (9 months ago)

Sort of like QNAP, the Taiwanese company that makes terrific network-attached storage systems. QNAP actually stands for Quality Network Appliance Provider. Catchy, huh?

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forpetessake
By forpetessake (9 months ago)

It doesn't matter who owned whom and whether it's brand name or company name. What's important is that Pentax has a name recognition in camera/lens business and certain value attached, while Ricoh doesn't have any significant name recognition in that area and only known as the name of some second-rate copiers. Ricoh may own Pentax, but they better never mention it.

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

hahaha, come on

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Anepo
By Anepo (9 months ago)

Compared to how Ricoh camera's look I think this is the end of both Pentax AND Ricoh, after Ricoh purchased Pentax, I have ONLY seen UGLY DSLR camera's & I used to be a proud owner of the Pentax K10D & K20D.
After the purchase Ricoh keeps pushing me MORE and MORE away from the Pentax brand & Ricoh brand & I am NEVER returning.

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zapatista
By zapatista (9 months ago)

It's interesting, on the US HQ building, Pentax is easily seen but Ricoh is not on the outside of the building.

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dccdp
By dccdp (9 months ago)

They made the wrong choice. Pentax means something in photography. Ricoh, no so much.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (9 months ago)

So, just reviewed Pentax MX-1 was the last Pentax enthusiast compact, WG-3 would be the last Pentax underwater camera? Ricoh did not even make those.

Without one type of products solidifying brand recognition of other types, both will suffer. Sounds like poorly thought out purely political decision.

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leebee
By leebee (9 months ago)

Stupid marketing move for their imaging division. Ricoh is mainly known for second rate copiers and the name taints the Pentax brand name which has historically been well received.
The question now is when Nikon buys Sony's camera division will the Sony name survive on cameras.

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kanzlr
By kanzlr (9 months ago)

Because you don't know Ricohs history does not mean nobody does.

Ricoh made excellent cameras before the Pentax brand was established. I have an excellent Ricoh Diacord twin reflex camera, they made superb SLRs during manual focus film camera days and not only the wonderful GR series film compacts but also premium Leica M39 lenses.

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mmitch
By mmitch (9 months ago)

Really? I don't know one single professional photographer or amateur for that matter that owns or shoots with Ricoh cameras. Didn't they sell those at Kmart??

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

no pro used a film GR ? thats an interesting opinion hehe

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Prognathous
By Prognathous (9 months ago)

Good move.

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (9 months ago)

It is simply Pentax being slowly absorbed into Ricoh until it no longer exists.

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vapentaxuser
By vapentaxuser (9 months ago)

Hard to tell what to make of this news. At first glance it seems like they are taking the first steps into dissolving the Pentax brand into Ricoh, and just continuing to keep the Pentax brand for now so people won't be further discouraged into buying Pentax DSLRs/lenses. But I have to wonder if in a couple of years we will be seeing Ricoh K-Mount DSLRs (reminscent of what Sony did with using the Minolta mount on their cameras).

Regardless of what the company finally is in the end...my hope is that they continue to work on their marketing efforts in the US to make sure that people can handle/buy a Pentax or Ricoh DSLR down at their local big-box retailer or camera shop. I have already seen some Pentax at Target, so maybe they can use their footprint there to offer more in the way of product.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (9 months ago)

Ricoh mirrorless (without OVF, maybe even K-mount) is possible in the future, although they say they retain Pentax for all ILCs for now.

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Camediadude
By Camediadude (9 months ago)

Bad move.

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Davidfstop
By Davidfstop (9 months ago)

Pencoh, PenRic, RIpen even Ritax..

Anything but Ricoh

It just doesn't mean anything, who wants a photocopier for an SLR!
(And before you lot start, I am half joking)

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Alex Sarbu
By Alex Sarbu (9 months ago)

Canon users, obviously ;-)

Alex

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inevitable crafts studio
By inevitable crafts studio (9 months ago)

yeah canon users, sony users, samsung users, panasonic users, all those companies are no option fot photographic equippment because of the reasons you named.

but ricoh is the one exception because of their film and digital gr series. its about the approach that this company has to photographic equippment, the built quality the menues the gui the lenses, also they are creative and take risks like with the gxr

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Davidfstop
By Davidfstop (9 months ago)

LOL!

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Bill3R
By Bill3R (9 months ago)

BUMMER!

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JEROME NOLAS
By JEROME NOLAS (9 months ago)

Sony will change to SON, Nikon to NICK and Pentax will be eventually rename to PENTHOUSE! New names-the same old strategy, dinosaurus sitting on cash eggs....

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King Penguin
By King Penguin (9 months ago)

The long slow drawn-out death of the Pentax name has officially started........now they're just a brand, next just a brand in some countries, the rest of the cameras branded Ricoh in core countries, then eventually re-launched as the nostalgic version of the Ricoh camera of the time to pep up it's sales for a few extra years before the new Ricoh model is launched....

They lost the digital race.......which company is next?

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exp1orer
By exp1orer (9 months ago)

how long have you been in a cave? pentax was just a brand name when it started several decades ago....and the brand name still exist today.

as what Zvonimir Tosic said:

"Pentax was always a *product brand name*, almost never a company name.Owned by Asahi Optical company up to late 1990s/early 2000s, it existed just a few years as Pentax company, then it became product brand name again, for Hoya, now for Ricoh, who bought it from Hoya.
My Pentax cameras, ME Super, K-7, Q, were never Pentax made cameras. One was made by Asahi Optical, other two by Hoya.
It seems just a few people around here bother to understand what is Pentax actually."

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TheEye
By TheEye (9 months ago)

Asahi Optical has always made excellent beer goggles. ;-)

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Bamboojled
By Bamboojled (9 months ago)

Actually King Penguin you are correct.
As for people saying that Pentax was always just a brand, that is like saying Nippon Kogaku AKA Nikon is also just a brand.
the fact is that ASAHI Optical is/was Pentax.
When Hoya bought them, ASAHI Optical continued to build and develop the cameras as a division of Hoya.
Now Ricoh has them and it seems that Ricoh want's to completely absorb the company (ASAHI OPTICAL) and the brand (PENTAX).
So what we are seeing is the slow death rattle of a company.
Think of it like what happened to Minolta...

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James O'Neill
By James O'Neill (9 months ago)

Actually Asahi renamed itself to Pentax round about 2000.
Then that company became part of Hoya, then Part of Ricoh.
That the subsidiary is called is academic. Ricoh have said the Pentax brand stays. We'll have to see if they put in the investment to turn out decent cameras or not.

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timo
By timo (9 months ago)

I don't think this announcement is of any significance whatsoever. Although it is quite surprising how long it has taken them to reach this insignificant decision.

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NiallM
By NiallM (9 months ago)

agreed - not of the 'Marathon' to 'Snickers' proportions..that was fairly life changing it was..

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JackM
By JackM (9 months ago)

meh.

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LWW
By LWW (9 months ago)

Time to turn off, this one'll smoke up my monitor. Let the font of knowledge overflow!

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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (9 months ago)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1b26BD5KjH0

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Zvonimir Tosic
By Zvonimir Tosic (9 months ago)

Pentax was always a *product brand name*, almost never a company name.Owned by Asahi Optical company up to late 1990s/early 2000s, it existed just a few years as Pentax company, then it became product brand name again, for Hoya, now for Ricoh, who bought it from Hoya.
My Pentax cameras, ME Super, K-7, Q, were never Pentax made cameras. One was made by Asahi Optical, other two by Hoya.
It seems just a few people around here bother to understand what is Pentax actually.

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ManuH
By ManuH (9 months ago)

That's very true, for decades it was just a product name from Asahi Optical, just like Panasonic was for Matsushita. Then the companies changed their names to these product because of brand recognition.

I just hope they will keep the Pentax name for the WG-3 type of camera because this was fitting quite well with their weathersealed DSLR. Otherwise I don't think many people will regret the other Pentax compacts, IMHO Ricoh was better anyway in creating quality compacts.

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Ishpuini
By Ishpuini (9 months ago)

Good point!!

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iudex
By iudex (9 months ago)

Exactly. When I look at the bottom of my K-30, I read: "Pentax digital camera, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Co., Ltd.". My previous K-r had "Pentax Hoya" as the producer. So no matter the company name, important is the brand name (trademark) and the name Pentax will carry on.
P.S. I really don´t care whether P&S soapboxes carry the name Ricoh instead of Pentax, inportant are DSLRs and CSCs.

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showmeyourpics
By showmeyourpics (9 months ago)

Rationally, as long as they keep making cameras and lenses of the traditional Pentax quality and pricing it should not make any difference. As an older photographer though, I believe that there is a tremendous legacy attached to the name that would be a pity to lose. The same thing went for Konica and, especially, Minolta who had so many fundamental photography patents. BTW "mmitch", if you have other K5 bodies to dump, please let me know.

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Gesture
By Gesture (9 months ago)

What's in a name. A lot. Carl Zeiss means more to me than Zeiss. There really was someone behind a great legacy.

If only Konica Minolta had changed to just Konica soon enough ...

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mmitch
By mmitch (9 months ago)

Start of the downward spiral... I'm glad I dumped my K5. This company is clueless about there consumer.

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D1N0
By D1N0 (9 months ago)

Most consumers don't care what the company name is. Ricoh will sport the Pentax brand. When Pentax was owned by Hoya it wasn't called the Pentax-Hoya Company. You dumped the K-5? That was a stupid thing to do.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (9 months ago)

*their consumer.

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sdribetahi
By sdribetahi (9 months ago)

More or less clueless than you are at spelling?

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Alex Sarbu
By Alex Sarbu (9 months ago)

I'm sure the consumers cares a lot about what's written on that small label on the camera's bottom plate, instead of the product itself.

By the way, there's a chance your K-5 was made by Hoya Corporation (instead of Pentax Ricoh Imaging).

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Silvarum
By Silvarum (9 months ago)

Well, perhaps Sony users should dump their "Zeiss" lenses too then.

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mmitch
By mmitch (9 months ago)

@ M Jesper, I don't have time to correct every single word I post!
you must be bored.

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M Jesper
By M Jesper (9 months ago)

yes, probably.

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nuance
By nuance (9 months ago)

That´s a senseless move to my mind. Both companies will have a half line-up. Some/Many users may not be aware of the relation between these companies.

Sad day for Pentax btw.
So, I quess, the lovely little MX1 will be the last Pentax-looking Compact. Personally I love the retro-styling especially compared to the boring looking GR.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 months ago)

I don't. Less is more for me and the GR's are some of the best compacts cameras ever. Plus Ricoh compacts have always been better than Pentax ones.

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nuance
By nuance (9 months ago)

"Plus Ricoh compacts have always been better than Pentax ones."
now, since they are one company, which one do you think is better?
and please do not consider sensor size...

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onlooker
By onlooker (9 months ago)

nuance wrote: "Both companies"

What both companies? There is no "both companies". It is one company. "Pentax" is now just a name for a line of products, that's it.

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nuance
By nuance (9 months ago)

Lol

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kindofblue7
By kindofblue7 (9 months ago)

I'm just happy that the Pentax name and product line will live on. Otherwise, the name change is just official recognition of what has been the case since Ricoh acquired Pentax.

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audiobomber
By audiobomber (9 months ago)

Exactly, the name of the front of interchangeable lens cameras will be Pentax, and they are continuing to make great bodies that mount my K lenses. Nothing to be concerned about at all.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 months ago)

Right. At least Pentax users got to keep Pentax on the front, Minolta users lost the Minolta name and got Sony stuck on front.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

Ah no, that's not quite right cgerrard -

Pentax is a branding thing for sure, but not a company name.
As others pointed out as well, Pentax is a brand like Lumix is to Panasonic or EOS is to Canon.
So when Minolta was bought out by Sony the company name changed to 'Sony' obviously but the branding remained 'Alpha'. Biggest problem with that is that Alpha wasn't actually a global brand, a bit like how Rebel means nothing to me in Australia when talking about Canon's. But Sony did manage to globalize the brand of 'Alpha' as part of its takeover of Minolta.

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abortabort
By abortabort (9 months ago)

Also the other reason being that Sony only actually took over the camera division and Minolta still lives on a a completely separate company today - so would probably get a little confusing.

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dickgrafixstop
By dickgrafixstop (9 months ago)

Who cares? Since Ricoh owns them they could brand them
"chopped liver" if it wanted to. Point is with the Ricoh brand on
them maybe it will be incented to build and sell better products more agressively. Certainly few people in the US associate Ricoh with quality cameras - but then Fuji was in the same position just
two years ago. Let's wait and see the product.

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 months ago)

Abortabort, nothing I said is not factual. I'm fully aware (more than most) of what happened to Minolta and with Sony.

My point was very simple, Pentax users are keeping Pentax name on the camera, Minolta users have Sony on the front. Period, end of my point, just as I made it the first time.

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Blackraven
By Blackraven (9 months ago)

Good to hear that the brand will remain and I hope Ricoh brings the brand back to the forefront of photography where it once stood toe to toe with the big boys. It was a true great in the past with the K-mount at one time the most popular lens mount. From the classic medium-format 645 and 67, the beautiful LX, the auto 110,the iconic K1000 to the current medium format DSLR, K series DLRs and the tiny Q shows that the brand did and still has real depth to it. It didnt always work as with the K1 but Pentax does bring a breath of fresh air to the market from time to time. I hope Pentax continues to exisit and thrive!

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cgarrard
By cgarrard (9 months ago)

I think everyone should hope for that. It's certainly possible, although just remember that things take time. Pentax has had a bumpy financial road and to me its amazing at all they've maintained as much momentum as they have through it all. Ricoh are a smart financial company, if its possible, they'll do it.

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