Late last year, Pentax finally entered the professional photography market with the launch of the 645D. This long-anticipated medium-format DSLR was designed with image quality in mind: it boasts a large 40-megapixel sensor and supports Pentax's entire legacy medium-format lens lineup, which has quite a reputation. Best of all, the 645D is affordably-priced, meaning that it can be a feasible alternative for certain professionals currently using smaller-format cameras. In 2011, it was named "Best Professional DSLR of 2011" by TIPA.
Soon, we will be bringing you something very special: a hands-on comparison of the Pentax 645D and the Nikon D3x, which is among the top 24x36mm (full-frame) DSLRs currently available. While the two cameras are certainly different in many respects, there is a handful of applications in which either might work; namely, landscape and studio photography. Photographers specializing in this type of work might find it worthwhile to spend a little bit more to move to a medium-format system- and we'll show you why! We'll also give you a tour of the 645D, and see what's hot-- and what could be improved. Stay tuned to our homepage for the in-depth review, which will be posted in the coming weeks!
In the mean time, if there is any specific test you would like us to conduct using one or both of these cameras, we are open to requests in this thread!
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As it's already July, we've posted the new PentaxForums photo contest theme for this month: Symmetry
You may now also vote for the winners of our July "Black and White" photo contest, which saw 171 fabulous entries!
Every month PentaxForums.com holds an official photo contest. Submissions are accepted through the end of the month, at which point we post a poll that runs for 3 weeks. Once the poll closes, the winner is announced. It's easy to enter, and if you win, your photo will be featured in our Premier Gallery, and you will receive an upgraded forum account! Good luck!
In 2008, the Hoya Corporation acquired Pentax, primarily in order to take advantage of ongoing research by Pentax. Today, Ricoh has revealed plans to acquire the entire Pentax Imaging Systems division (that which produces cameras, lenses, and sport optics) for approximately $124 million. Has Hoya learned what it wanted to learn from Pentax?
Today, Pentax announced an orange version of the "adventureproof" Optio WG-1, a compact waterproof, coldproof, and shockproof digital camera. The new variant is expected to ship next month, while the black, green, purple, and gray bodies are already available.