Pentax 645D IR Announced
Pentax 645D without an infrared filter
By PF Staff in Pentax Announcements on Dec 12, 2012
Ricoh has just announced a derivative of the Pentax 645D medium-format DSLR called the 645D IR, which is a special version of the camera designed for high-resolution (40-megapixel) infrared photography.
The 645D IR is identical to the 645D, except that the infrared filter normally found in front of its CCD sensor has been removed. It also has a red Pentax logo rather than the black one found on the 645D.
This camera will be see extremely limited production runs of about 100 units per year, and is meant for special applications where having an infrared-sensitive camera is beneficial. It will only be sold in Japan and is not going to be marketed as a consumer imaging product.
There are companies out there which can remove the IR filter from ordinary DSLRs: in fact, one of our recent photo contest winners submitted a photo shot with an IR-modified version of the K100D.