Ricoh / Pentax
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Ricoh / Pentax

Our 2019 resolutions for Ricoh / Pentax:

  • Make a true successor to the K-1.
  • Give your fans a proper mirrorless camera.
  • Make a full-frame GR to compete with the Leica Q and Sony RX1R II.

How things panned out: 0/3

It was a very quiet year for Ricoh in the end, with the GR III the only significant new Ricoh-branded camera product released in 2019 (actually late 2018, but it became available this year).

There were some signs of life though - Ricoh did unveil a new wide zoom for APS-C - the HD Pentax-DA 10-17mm F3.5-4.5 ED fisheye. This year also saw a small refresh of the HD Pentax-FA 35mm F2 AL, with new coatings and a redesigned aperture diaphragm. Will we ever see a K-1 III, or a reimagined Pentax-branded mirrorless ILC? Nothing is impossible but we get the sense that 2020 will be a make or break year for the Pentax brand.