Since introducing its modular GXR camera system towards the end of 2009, Ricoh has kept its promise of regularly adding new interchangeable units to the setup. The line now includes four units which between them offer a broad range of different lens and sensor configurations. Now, the company is branching out a bit with the announcement of an expansion unit that will give users the freedom to use different lenses.

The new GXR Lens Mount Unit is scheduled for Q3 availability and will feature an APS-C size (23.6 x 15.7mm), 12.9 megapixel CMOS sensor and a newly-developed focal plane shutter – but it's the lens mount part of the module that's the most interesting feature. For the first time, GXR users will also be able to attach any Leica M mount lens on the camera system.

Ricoh displayed a mock-up of the new GXR lens mount at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show in Yokohama, which can be seen in the gallery. The company also took the opportunity to reaffirm its plans to make non-camera interchangeable modules available to the system.

More details will follow prior to release. We'll keep you posted.

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