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penolta Jun 2, 2007 9:59 PM

Prepared this to post just before the crash (5/31:


Today's news, exerpted from Pentax

Pentax, Japan's oldest maker of single-lens reflex cameras, will become a wholly owned subsidiary, giving Hoya access to its fastest-growing business of medical equipment. The Tokyo-based companies will each have two seats on the new board of six, which will include two outside directors. Pentax in April rejected Hoya's offer as it would have smaller representation.

``What Hoya should do from now is build on Pentax's strengths in endoscopes, SLR cameras and optical devices,'' Hisashi Moriyama, a Tokyo-based analyst with JP Morgan Securities Co., said by telephone. ``Hoya should have no problem raising Pentax's profitability with its existing products.''

Pentax will promote Nobuaki Tanishima, head of corporate development, to president on June 27, replacing Takashi Watanuki.

The company's new board will include Tanishima, Kou Torigoe, who heads the camera division, Yuji Nishiura, managing director of AlixPartners Asia LLC, Hidenao Toyoshima, a lawyer, Yukio Ohara, president of Hoya's computer network unit, and George Souther, who heads Hoya's legal department.

K10D most popular DSLR in Japan

According to DSLR Photography <> The Pentax K10D is the tenth most popular camera by sales in Japan right now. Above it is no Canon EOS 400D or Nikon DX40... No, it's only compacts. Which makes the K10D the most popular DSRL in Japan right now. Even if Canon and Nikon will regain momentum this is really good for users of Pentax cameras

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