Nikon D800E vs. Pentax 645D

What's in the Box: 645D

The Pentax 645D comes in a simple yet elegant box.  It is very easy to take the camera and all the accessories out and put them back in again, something which doesn't apply to Pentax's K-mount DSLR boxes.

Pentax 645DWe are reviewing the 645D together with the SMC Pentax-D FA 645 55mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM AW lens, so we will also discuss the lens on this page.

Pentax 645D Box

Inside the camera's box, there are no real surprises.  You get a D-LI90 battery, D-BC 90 charger (w/ power cord), USB cord, manual, warranty card, eyecup, hotshoe cover, software CD, and a (under-dimensional) neck strap.  In the US, the 645D come with a 1-year manufacturer's warranty, though longer warranties are available from third parties.

Pentax 645D Box Contents

The 55mm lens comes in a surprisingly-small box, and also includes what you would expect: a hood, front and rear caps, a soft case, a warranty card, and a manual.  Like the camera body, the lens comes with a 1-year limited warranty.

Pentax 55mm Lens Accessories

While we're at it, let's talk about the price of the 55mm: it retails for about $1199, which is cheap compared to other 645 lenses such as the 25mm F4 or 90mm F2.8 macro, both of which cost $4999.  Compared to a full-frame 50mm F1.4 lens, however, this price is a bit steep.

The lens features Pentax's new SDM focusing technology and is fully weather sealed.  The focus can be manually adjusted at any time.  In addition, the lens elements have been treated with Pentax's Aero Bright coating, which uses nano technology to minimize lens flare and aberrations.


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