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Ricoh Imaging Announces New Service and Support Program for PENTAX 645Z Camera System
Extended Warranty and Loaner Products Deliver Peace-of-Mind to Pro Photographers

NEW YORK, Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Photo Plus Expo, Booth #1119 -- Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the Medium Format by PENTAX Advantage Program for the PENTAX 645Z medium-format digital camera system. Designed to provide professional photographers with continuous access to gear in the rare event of a camera system failure, the program provides three years of extended service and support from date of purchase plus loaner camera bodies and lenses, and a variety of value-added elements including a dedicated toll-free support number.

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Current owners of PENTAX 645Z cameras purchased prior to this announcement can buy the Medium Format by PENTAX Advantage Program if they register on or before November 30, 2015.

Two coverage packages are available:

  • PENTAX Advantage Gold Service: Covers one PENTAX 645Z body for three years from date of purchase with expedited priority service for repairs. Customers also have access to a dedicated toll-free service line, email registration and support, plus one free comprehensive cleaning and inspection for a PENTAX 645Z camera body and lens. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $849.95.
  • PENTAX Advantage Platinum Service: Provides all of the benefits of the Gold Service package, plus coverage for up to three PENTAX 645Z digital lenses (55mm, 28-45mm or 90mm Macro). It includes a loaner PENTAX 645Z camera body while the owner's camera is being serviced and up to three loaner lenses, as well as an HPRC (High Performance Resin Case) with custom cutout foam inserts to accommodate PENTAX 645Z system gear. Manufacturer's suggested retail price is $1,599.95.

"We are committed to providing the PENTAX 645Z community with unparalleled levels of service and support. We asked pro photographers how we can best serve them, and created the new Medium Format by PENTAX Advantage Program with their input in mind," said Jim Malcolm, president, Ricoh Imaging Americas. "When you are running a photography business, a broken camera or lens means schedule delays or loss of valuable income. With this program, pros can now shoot with complete confidence that they'll have uninterrupted use of PENTAX 645Z bodies and lenses in the event of any malfunction. We'll continue to refine our programs to better support the growing needs of our pros."

The Medium Format by PENTAX Advantage Program can be purchased now at authorized PENTAX dealers.

| About the PENTAX 645Z |

The PENTAX 645Z medium-format camera uniquely combines rugged, fully weatherproof design and easy operability with superior image quality made possible by its 51.4-million pixel resolution CMOS sensor. It is ideal for ultra-high resolution imaging, exceptionally large printing applications and outstanding cropping flexibility. Designed to meet the needs of a wide range of professional photographers, the PENTAX 645Z offers class-leading speed and response with 3 frames per second continuous shooting and fast image review and transfer. Images can be previewed via a high-resolution, tiltable 3.2 inch, LCD monitor. Unique among medium-format cameras, the PENTAX 645Z also allows the capture of full HD movies and 4K interval shooting.

| About Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation|

Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation is a subsidiary of Ricoh Company Ltd., a global technology company specializing in office imaging equipment, production print solutions, document management systems and IT services.  Headquartered in Tokyo, Ricoh Group operates in about 200 countries and regions.

The company now known as Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation, was originally founded in 1919, under the name Asahi Optical Joint Stock Co. and launched its first SLR camera in the 1950s under the PENTAX name. Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation continues to produce the heritage-rich, award-winning line of PENTAX DSLR cameras, lenses and sport optics equipment as well as Ricoh's offering of stylish and compact digital cameras, known for their wide-ranging, rich set of features.

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For More Information, Contact:
Barbara Hagin
Breakaway Communications for Ricoh
(415) 358-2484

At Photo Plus Expo, Contact:
Kelly Fitzgerald
Breakaway Communications for Ricoh
(917) 731-5734 – mobile

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