Ricoh, where are new lenses?

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Zvonimir Tosic
Zvonimir Tosic Senior Member • Posts: 2,563
Ricoh, where are new lenses?

Or better say, what is the future of the K-mount?

Below is a distribution of Pentax lenses grouped in years of release.

We have seen most of currently available lenses coming out during (paradoxically, isn’t it?) the Hoya era (2007-2011), and least number of them during the Ricoh era (just one, DA20-40, as DA560 and DA50/1.8 were designed in Hoya’s era).

May an inquisitive Pentax user ask: Quo Vadis, Ricoh?
You have allowed only one new lens to be issued in almost three years of your reign over the Pentax brand, and Hoya (a bad grim reaper who left the Pentax brand for pastures, according to Ricoh Imaging US representative) allowed for more than a dozen! That doesn't sound right. Hoya, the bad guy to outclass you, the so-called good guy who came to the rescue?

So, where are the new lenses from the roadmap? What is the future of the K-mount? Some unclear lens designations keep appearing and disappearing from the roadmap constantly, for last three years, yet we see nothing. Why should not users like myself think those are just empty corporate games at play, and empty promises.

PS. Also, where is the SDM perception problem fix, that affects 50% of SDM lenses?

Lenses released in year:

1991: FA50

1997: FA43~

1999: FA77~

2001: FA31~


2003: DA16-45~

2004: DA14, DA40, DFA50/2.8, DFA100,

2005: DA12-24, DA50-200,

2006: DA21, DA10-17,

2007: DA70, DA*16-50, DA*50-135,

2008: DA35/2.8, DA*55, DA*200, DA*300, DA17-70~, DA18-55AL, DA18-55ALII, DAL50-200, DA55-300,

2009: DA15, DA18-55 WR, DA50-200WR, DA* 60-250

2010: DA35/2.4, DA18-135


2012: DA560, DA50/1.8

2013: DA20-40


~ lenses are discontinued.

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