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I have to stop reading about other products and just keep shooting my GXR. It remains a fine system and does justice to my lenses.
That said I can't help but wish they'd break out of their cone of silence and at least hint at where they are going with the GXR and M Mount module. As of this point in time, there are no news releases or press reports on Ricoh or Pentax that disclose anything that isn't already known. In the case of Pentax that's a few new developments, in the case of Ricoh (including GXR) there doesn't seem to be any news since March 2012.
That's what I do.
I was a little let down by the sluggishness of the GXR buffer when I did a small informal job the other day. But, the result is pleasing as always. I still think it is, as a whole, the best laid out mirrorless camera for my needs.
I had hopes for something being foretold at Photokina, or even better, launched, but I kind of knew already that it would be a side step from their MO.
Ricoh has a history of not launching products at Photokina and usually the news come just a month or two prior to launch and they pop up from "nowhere". Ricoh has had a few products released just around time for Christmas.
I think that if they simply had cancelled the GXR system we would have known that by now, that would have been official. There is no need for silence if the decision is made already. A simple statement would suffice - and I think we would have seen it by now. Considering the rearrangement of Pentax/Ricoh and the potential synergy delays I would think the merger has set back the whole R&D for a month or three.
I sincerely hope and think that the innovative little clique at Ricoh R&D would not just want to keel over just yet and that they are directing their efforts to at least go out with a bang.
Their silence, so far, is positive as far as in saying that no news is good news. My GXR kit is not worth enough to get rid of anyway at this moment so I can easily just hold on to it and hope for a spark of life further on.
I would of course HIGHLY appreciate at least a word from Ricoh to their quite small, and loyal, customer base simply letting us know that there IS more in store. Or not. And preferrably which decade.
Apparently GXR body prices have plummeted in Japan just recently, that can mean only two things:
1) The GXR is being scrapped.
2) The GXR is being replaced. And just in time for Christmas.
Either way, we know for sure, soon enough.