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Hoya & Pentax
Oh well ....
seems to me Hoya, like many Japanese companies, doesnt really know how to take advantage of a new acquisition. Selling camera bodies in the segment that Pentax does isnt going to make much money <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':blink:' />

But then Tokina is a strange company too - some great products (apart from the dreaded pentax Tokin PF)beautifully made. so 2 strangers in bed - time to get to know each other! <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Smile' />
Typically acusing others for his own failures.

we are in an era of big boom for photography, more cameras are being sold those years than ever, millions of cameras are being sold every year, looking at the growth of other playes like Canon or Nikon or just comparing them to sony things become clear.

They want from pentax to offer them some profits without investing.

Hoya management for Pentax seems dreadful till now.

Almost no new products and when they arrive, it is with a huge delay after competitors have had the products for months, you can't survive like that in our world, they are always following never innovating, their research budget seems restrained, it is normal they won't make good profit like that.

Apart from 645D that came after years of delay, they seem to offer nothing interesting, compared to competitors, all their customers are sick of waiting and have already jumped ships.

Either Hoya invests in Research and new products, and stops marketing for vaporware or the future is not that bright.

Dunno why he is puttting error on a brand, he is the manager, it is up to him to make it shine.

Carlos Ghosn and Nissan a typical story he should learn from.... he is missing a rare opportunity then says Pentax brand is a loss....
Hoya management is dreadful, indeed. Both the K-7 and even more so, the K-x are successful products; and the 645D by itself is taking way more than half of the global DMF market (and Pentax can't make enough of them, to meet the initial demand - that's in Japan only, for now). They're also preparing to launch the 645D in Europe - that means a professional service, needed for a camera at this level. And new products - including new cameras - are expected this year.

Probably that means Hoya is doing absolutely nothing. Who am I to argue with that? After all, it looks like I'm not a Pentax user anymore, since "all" of us jumped ship <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt='Rolleyes' />

Besides, mr. Yamanaka wasn't nowhere near as negative as you are. The only "failure", as he said, was paying too much for Pentax. Not the acquisition itself.

And should I tell you, he's not the "manager" but the Hoya Founder's grandson?

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