Canon Mirrorless Lens Adapter Revealed in Patent

Canon Mirrorless Patent

The Canon mirrorless camera rumors continue to swirl with a Japanese patent from Canon.  The patent appears to call for a lens adapter between a Canon mirrorless camera body and existing EF lenses.  The lens adapter seems to communicate aperture control between the two.  No word on focus control though.

[via Photo Rumors]

Hasselblad Changes Owners, Moving Into New Markets

Hasselblad was recently acquired by a Swiss and German private equity group.  Interestingly, in the press release announcing the acquisition, Hasselblad’s Chairman and CEO said the company would continue its high-end medium format production but would also focus on “exploiting the potential we see in brand new markets.” [Read more…]

Ricoh Buys Pentax

Hoya has announced that it will be selling Pentax’s camera business to Ricoh.  The deal should take effect on October 1, 2011 and is reported to be a $124 million selling price.

Interestingly, Ricoh has a history with the Pentax K-mount.  My first SLR was a Ricoh KR-Super II (shown above), which is a K-mount camera that was basically a Pentax K1000 knockoff.  Who knew that a couple of decades later Ricoh would acquire the K-mount system for its own? [Read more…]