An announcement has been made that Ricoh are purchasing Hoya / Pentax. An announcement of this occuring was made a few days ago & all appears to be 'going through' This will dramatically expand Ricoh's digital camera business, into new areas such as Digital SLRs, and Medium format. The sale includes Hoya's Pentax Imaging System Business which includes all optical instruments such as digital camera, lenses, accessories, security cameras, and binoculars. HOYA merged with PENTAX Corporation on March 31, 2008, and developed the PENTAX Imaging Systems Business assigned from PENTAX Corporation until now.  HOYA is now transfering all shares to Ricoh. Through this acquisition, Ricoh plans to enhance its digital camera businesses (especially the interchangeable lens camera market which is expected to grow) and create value-added businesses for taken photographs (creation and development of value-added services that encourage seeing, storing and refinishing photographs and utilize photographs as communication tools), as well as expand to other related fields.