Leading up to a lens origin question, I promise. At one time, there were literally dozens of 3rd party lensmakers. Now I think we’re down to what – 2? Sad; really sad. This used to be an informative site http://medfmt.8k.com/third/index.html but whoever created it has apparently not maintained it since 2003. Most, if not all, the links are dead. Shame, that. Anybody know anything about this? Somebody’s still paying to keep the pages live. Also, one link I found a while back to the robertstech 3rd party lens site has always been a 404 link. Not sure if both of these are one and the same or not. Two years or so ago, however, I did come across this one: http://homepage3.nifty.com/3rdpartylens-om/3rd-party-list.htm I believe nifty.com is a Korean ISP. I really don’t think I agree with the 1998 valuations given there, but that’s neither here nor there. Somebody did put in a lot of work on that list. Long story short – somewhere I saw my QT II 80-200mm one-touch zoom lens w/macro tagged a “Ricoh ” QT II. Naturally, I got very curious about that, especially since given their history, of all the dozens of manufacturers on the nifty.com list, Ricoh is totally missing from it. Variations of the name are on it, though. One rumor I came across says Pentax hired Ricoh to make lenses for them or some such. According to camerapedia.org: “In 1937, Riken Kankōshi bought the company Asahi Bussan and its associated manufacturing facility, producer of the Olympic and Super Olympic cameras.” Riken later became Ricoh. Asahi Bussan? Asahi Pentax? Babelfish doesn’t translate “Asahi” into anything different. Tried both simple and traditional Chinese and Japanese and Korean to English. What does Asahi mean? Anyway, this QT II takes very nice pictures. Sharp; pleasant, very smooth bokeh. Compact yet has some nice heft and good balance. Any info on this QT II's true heritage?