Ricoh 14mm m43 Lens Patent Surfaces

Discussion in 'Micro 4/3 News and Rumors' started by Phillip Swanson, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. Phillip Swanson

    Phillip Swanson News Writer

    Jun 15, 2012

    Egami unearthed an interesting patent yesterday alluding to the possibility of camera maker Ricoh joining the m43 universe.

    The patent in questions details a 14mm lens specifically designed for a 4/3 size sensor. Now, what I'm having trouble discerning or figuring out is Ricoh's intentions with the patent, which was filed back in 2010. Perhaps the lens is was a new GXR module that got shelved or has yet to arrive, or maybe Ricoh's purchase of Pentax influenced the patent (more likely the 19mm APS-C lens detailed in the report as well)?

    Too many questions and only a confusing patent to answer them. It might help if my native language was Japanese (a few years back in college hasn't helped much) or if Google translate didn't produce indecipherable hogwash every other sentence.

    Yet another possibility is the GRD4 successor adopting a larger imaging element, or the GXR module I mentioned earlier being a 4/3 sized sensor+lens combo, or if they're smart a 4/3 mount module.

    If someone has a better understanding of Japanese please read through the patent and leave your comments/thoughts below.

    Source: Egami
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  2. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
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    this can be good. GRD V with a m43 sensor sounds perfect to me....fingers crossed!
  3. KS11

    KS11 Mu-43 Veteran

    Jan 31, 2011
    Busan/Hong Kong
    i'll be getting rid of my olympus AND lumix bodies if i can get a GXR with m43 module :drool:
  4. Asha

    Asha New to Mu-43

    Jul 7, 2012
    Los Angeles
    Patents in English are practically indecipherable too, lol ;)
  5. Jorge Ledesma

    Jorge Ledesma Mu-43 Veteran

    Aug 27, 2011
    Just this morning I was thinking if only the GRD5 comes with a m43 sensor things would be so much better and now this possibility. 2012 is turning out to be quite a year already. The GRD5 should come out sometime in 2013 or maybe mid 2014. The GRD4 came out in Sept, 2011 so its going to be a little while. I'm more inclined to think its GXR Module which will be insane a GXR with a m43 ( I hope ).
  6. pharaviel

    pharaviel Mu-43 Veteran

    Jun 20, 2011
    Reggio Emilia, Italy
    Real Name:
    Daniele Frizzi
    Both a GR-series camera with m43 standard or a GRX m43 module sounds pretty cool.
    Maybe Ricoh can explore some untouched terrain (a 12Mpix sensor with no AA filter like the leica one? a monocrome sensor? A square sensor?)