Patents Assigned to Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd.
  • Patent number: 10908385
    Abstract: A mechanism for attaching and detaching a tripod seat, comprising: a first tripod seat unit; and a second tripod seat unit to which the first tripod seta unit is detachably attached, wherein: one of the first tripod seat unit and the second tripod seat unit has a first fixing member and a second fixing member formed to be screwed together; the other of the first tripod seat unit and the second tripod seat unit has an attachment part brought to be in pressure contact with the second fixing member by screwing the first fixing member to the second fixing member; and by bringing the attachment part to be in pressure contact with the second fixing member, the first tripod seat unit is fixed to the second tripod seat unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2021
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Takahiro Ooya
  • Patent number: 10782452
    Abstract: An anti-reflection coating having an three-layer structure comprising first to third layers formed in this order on a substrate, the substrate having a refractive index of 1.6-1.9, the first layer having a refractive index of 1.37-1.57, the second layer having a refractive index of 1.75-2.5, and the third layer having a refractive index of 1.18-1.32, to light in a wavelength range of 550 nm; the third layer being formed by silica aerogel; and the first and second layers containing no Al2O3.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: September 22, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Takaaki Tamada, Naohito Sasaki, Hiroyuki Nakayama
  • Patent number: 10634975
    Abstract: A finder optical system is achieved in which object images can be more easily observed. A finder optical system includes an image-erecting member, which erects an object image formed by an objective optical system, provided on an optical path from the object side toward an eyepiece side, wherein the image-erecting member is formed as a penta roof prism provided with a first reflection surface and a second reflection surface, which define a roof reflection surface that reflects an incident light bundle emanated from the object, and the first reflection surface and the second reflection surface are configured as total-reflection surfaces that totally reflect the light bundle including the object image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Minoru Murayama
  • Publication number: 20200033550
    Abstract: An optical device includes an optical system including a plurality of lens groups, at least one lens group being a movable lens group moving in an optical axis direction, and a movable frame to move the movable lens group. The movable frame includes a driving source, a drive screw, a lens supporting frame, and maintaining an integrated state relative to the movable lens group, a plurality of arms disposed in a position to face the drive screw and being openable and closable relative to the drive screw with a single opening and closing axis as a support axis, the plurality of arms including a first arm and a second arm, and a biasing spring configured to apply a biasing force to the first arm in a direction in which the first arm approaches the drive screw, wherein the lens supporting frame is further configured to support the biasing spring.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2019
    Publication date: January 30, 2020
    Applicant: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke TERAHARA, Takehide OHNO, Terunori KOYAMA
  • Patent number: 10495841
    Abstract: A number of lenses are provided in a lens barrel along the optical axis direction, and two lenses, among the multiple lenses, are structured so that their inclination can be adjusted independently. Tilt adjustments for a lens frame of one lens, which is arranged on the opening side of the lens barrel in the optical axis direction, can be made through an opening of the lens barrel. The other lens frame of the other lens, which is arranged in the middle of the multiple lenses, is structured so that inclination adjustments can be made through throughholes that are provided to penetrate the peripheral surface of the lens barrel in the diameter direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2017
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yohsuke Suzuki
  • Patent number: 10483785
    Abstract: There is provided a power information management device communicable with at least one another device and being able to perform one of mutual power supply and unidirectional power supply, comprising: a requesting unit configured to send a request for information concerning electric power to the at least one another device; a receiving unit configured to receive the power information from the at least one another device which has received the request; and a generating unit configured to generate power information concerning electric power of a plurality of devices including the power information management device and the at least one another device based on the information received from the at least one another device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kimura
  • Patent number: 10473882
    Abstract: An optical device includes an optical system including a plurality of lens groups, at least one lens group being a movable lens group moving in an optical axis direction, and a movable frame to move the movable lens group. The movable frame includes a driving source, a drive screw, a lens supporting frame, and maintaining an integrated state relative to the movable lens group, a plurality of arms disposed in a position to face the drive screw and being openable and closable relative to the drive screw with a single opening and closing axis as a support axis, the plurality of arms including a first arm and a second arm, and a biasing spring configured to apply a biasing force to the first arm in a direction in which the first arm approaches the drive screw, wherein the lens supporting frame is further configured to support the biasing spring.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 12, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Daisuke Terahara, Takehide Ohno, Terunori Koyama
  • Patent number: 10432862
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus includes a photographing optical system, an image sensor onto which an object image is projected through the photographing optical system, a movable member to which the image sensor is fixed, a base member which holds the movable member in a manner to allow the movable member to move relative to the base member, and a thrust generator which generates thrust forces in different directions, including first through third directions, the first direction being parallel with the optical axis direction of the photographing optical system. An interaction of the thrust forces against the movable member in at least one of the different directions causes the movable member to at least one of translate relative to the base member in the first through third directions, and/or rotate relative to the base member about the first through third directions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 25, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Eiichi Ito, Masahiro Inazuka, Kosei Kosako
  • Patent number: 10419694
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging an object has a metering image sensor that comprises a plurality of pixels. The plurality of pixels is matrix-arrayed along vertical and horizontal directions. The apparatus also has an image sensor driver that drives the metering image sensor, which reads image-pixel signals of neighboring pixels among the plurality of pixels while mixing the image-pixel signals. The apparatus also has a pixel addition setting processor that sets a number of pixel addition of the metering image sensor with respect to at least one of at least one row and at least one column. The pixel addition setting processor sets different numbers of pixel addition to different pixel areas. The apparatus also has an exposure controller that controls an exposure of the metering image sensor and the photography image sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 17, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu Terauchi, Yasuhiro Kazama, Hirotaka Ueno
  • Patent number: 10397502
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging an object is equipped with an image sensor comprising a plurality of pixels; a charge-reading processor that reads out accumulated charges in a given pixel via a pixel circuit of the charge accumulated pixel; and a noise-reading processor that reads out noise signals from a pixel circuit for a given pixel. The noise-reading processor reads noise signals from a pixel circuit for a pixel that is an object of noise acquisition, in parallel with the reading of accumulated charges by the charge-reading processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Yoshitaka Kimura
  • Patent number: 10338360
    Abstract: A zoom lens system includes a positive first lens group, a negative second lens group, a positive intermediate lens group, and a negative image-side lens group. Upon zooming from the short to long focal length extremities, a distance between the first and second lens groups increases, and a distance between the second and intermediate lens groups decreases. The image-side lens group consists of two lens elements. The following conditions are satisfied: ?6.0<f1/f2<?4.3, ?5.4<f1/fIMG<?3.9, and 0.3<D2/fw<3.0, f1, f2 and fIMG designate the focal lengths of the first, second and the image-side lens groups, respectively, D2 designates a distance between the second lens group and the intermediate lens group, at the short focal length extremity, fw designates the focal length of the zoom lens system at the short focal length extremity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 14, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Koga
  • Patent number: 10341577
    Abstract: An imaging apparatus comprising an imaging device; a photometry device; first to third exposure factors; first and second operation members for setting the first and second exposure factors; a first-to-third-exposure-factors-calculating-and-setting exposure mode for calculating and setting the first to third exposure factors to the calculated and set ones; a first-exposure-factor-manually-setting exposure mode for manually setting the first exposure factor, and calculating and setting the second and third exposure factors; a second-exposure-factor-manually-setting exposure mode for manually setting the second exposure factor, and calculating and setting the first and third exposure factors; and a first/second-exposure-factors-manually-setting exposure mode for manually setting the first and second exposure factors, and calculating and setting the third exposure factor; the operation of the second operation member changing the first-exposure-factor-manually-setting exposure mode to the first/second-exposure-fa
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tadahisa Ohkura
  • Patent number: 10341567
    Abstract: A photographing apparatus includes an imaging-plane tilter configured to tilt an imaging plane, formed by a photographing optical system, relative to a plane that is orthogonal to an optical axis of the photographing optical system; a focus detector provided with a plurality of focus detection areas; and a tilt controller configured to control the imaging-plane tilter to tilt the imaging plane based on focus deviation amounts of the plurality of focus detection areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 2, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Eiichi Ito
  • Patent number: 10310241
    Abstract: A zoom lens system includes a positive first lens group, and a rear lens group behind the first lens group, in that order from the object side. The first lens group includes at least one positive single lens element, a negative meniscus lens element having a convex surface on the object side, and at least one positive lens element, in that order from the object side. A distance between the first lens group and the rear lens group increases upon zooming from the short to long focal length extremities. The following conditions (1) and (2) are satisfied: fG1/fn<?1.50??(1), and 65<?pave??(2), wherein fG1 designates the focal length of the first lens group, fn designates the focal length of the negative meniscus lens element, and ?pave designates the average value of the Abbe numbers with respect to the d-line of the positive lens elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tomoya Koga
  • Patent number: 10295808
    Abstract: A zoom lens system includes a negative first lens group, a positive second lens group, a negative third lens group and a positive fourth lens group, in that order from the object side. Upon zooming from a short focal length extremity to a long focal length extremity, at least the first lens group, the second lens group and the fourth lens group are moved in the optical axis direction of the zoom lens. The third lens group includes a negative first sub-lens group and a negative second sub-lens group, in that order from the object side, the second sub-lens group is provided with a negative single lens element and a positive single lens element, and an air lens is formed between the negative single lens element and the positive single lens element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Tatsuyuki Onozaki
  • Patent number: 10281692
    Abstract: A zoom lens system includes a positive first lens group, a negative second lens group, and positive third and fourth lens groups, in that order from the object side. Upon zooming from the short to long focal length extremities, the first lens group does not move along the optical axis direction, and the second lens group and the third lens group are movable in the optical axis direction. The first lens group includes at least one negative lens element, and the following conditions are satisfied: ?d1n<22.85 and ?8.0<f3/f2<?3.0, wherein ?d1n designates the Abbe number, with respect to the d-line, of the negative lens element, which is provided closest to the object side within the first lens group, and f2 and f3 designate the focal lengths of the second and third lens groups, respectively.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Masakazu Saori
  • Patent number: 10247954
    Abstract: A stage apparatus includes a movable member configured to move in a direction parallel to a predetermined plane, a base member configured to support the movable member to move relative to the base member, and a thrust generator including: a magnet provided on one of the movable member and the base member, and a coil provided on the other of the movable member and the base member. The magnet and the coil generating a thrust to move the movable member in a direction parallel to the predetermined plane. A magnetic flux density of the magnet toward the coil changes along the thrust direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Eiichi Ito
  • Publication number: 20190045146
    Abstract: An apparatus for imaging an object has a metering image sensor that comprises a plurality of pixels. The plurality of pixels is matrix-arrayed along vertical and horizontal directions. The apparatus also has an image sensor driver that drives the metering image sensor, which reads image-pixel signals of neighboring pixels among the plurality of pixels while mixing the image-pixel signals. The apparatus also has a pixel addition setting processor that sets a number of pixel addition of the metering image sensor with respect to at least one of at least one row and at least one column. The pixel addition setting processor sets different numbers of pixel addition to different pixel areas. The apparatus also has an exposure controller that controls an exposure of the metering image sensor and the photography image sensor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 11, 2018
    Publication date: February 7, 2019
    Applicant: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventors: Masakazu TERAUCHI, Yasuhiro KAZAMA, Hirotaka UENO
  • Publication number: 20180367710
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is provided and includes a body and a displayer provided with a display screen. The displayer is supported by the body to be movable relative to the body and the display screen is rectangular in shape. The displayer is configured to tilt about different tilting directions including a long-side direction and a short-side direction of the rectangular display screen.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 17, 2018
    Publication date: December 20, 2018
    Applicant: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Kazuhiro Akiyama
  • Patent number: 10142546
    Abstract: A shake-correction device for a photographing apparatus, which photographs an object image projected onto an imaging surface, includes a mover provided with a movable member, the mover configured to rotate at least one of the object image and the imaging surface relative to a plane orthogonal to the optical axis, and to translate parallel to the plane that is orthogonal to the optical axis and translate in a translation direction parallel to the optical axis; a shake detector configured to detect an angular shake of the photographing apparatus in the rotational direction and detect a shift shake of the photographing apparatus in the translation directions; and a movement controller configured to control movement of the mover so that the object image does not relatively move with respect to the imaging surface when the shake detector detects at least one of the angular shake and the shift shake.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD.
    Inventor: Eiichi Ito