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View Poll Results: how much would you pay for 645d?
less than $4000 2526.60%
$4000-$8000 2829.79%
$8000-$12000 55.32%
$10000-$15000 11.06%
any price!!! (i.e. over $15000) 11.06%
not interested at all 3436.17%
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02-03-2008, 12:54 AM   #1
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how much would you pay for 645d?

ok,

I sometimes wonder about a 645d and lots of peoples desires for it. If it was less than $10000 I think it would be the cheapest MF digital camera on the market? and I wonder how many people would be willing to pay it?

of course this forum is only a small fraction of world population but ...

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QuoteOriginally posted by philmorley Quote
ok,

I sometimes wonder about a 645d and lots of peoples desires for it. If it was less than $10000 I think it would be the cheapest MF digital camera on the market? and I wonder how many people would be willing to pay it?
I'm pretty keen to see a 645D from Pentax. The only thing that would stop me from buying one is the lack of an interchangeable back. These things just depreciate too quickly.

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I'm pretty keen to see a 645D from Pentax. The only thing that would stop me from buying one is the lack of an interchangeable back. These things just depreciate too quickly.

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MF is definitely where I draw the line. I consider that technology overkill in terms of size and cost for the vast majority of people,including myself, but I certainly am not going to condemn MF as something that should not be considered as a possible PR flagship.

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Around 10.000 or lower would be best, but I would consider it up to 15.000.

I wouldn't mind it at all if it only took one picture every two seconds, I'm only the MF picture quality. Only thing I require, the sync speed must be about 1/250s at least, 1/500 would be great if they could manage it. For instance, ship with a standard lens with built in shutter for high sync.

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It would depend on the specs, in particular sensor size (crop factor - can I use my current 645 lenses?), MP resolution, dynamic range and noise. The camera would have to provide a significant improvement in image quality over what can be achieved by the current DSLRs, and ideally my current 645 wide angle lenses should still be wide angle (crop factor must be close to 1).

It would be a bad investment if the IQ will be overtaken by a K*D a couple of generations out!

If my criteria could be met I'd pay up to USD 5,000.
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I've been a medium format user for over 30 years and am potentially interested in cost effective digital MF but the 645 is not a worthwhile system,......the 645 film camera was never of interest to me because of poor design constraints.

645 digital, like film previously, needs to be square in format for both flexibility and speed of use and workflow. A 50mm square sensor in a modular system with v/f options is what I'm looking and waiting for.

A MF camera that needs to be turned on its side for vertical format is a stone around ones neck during serious work,....with all of this fantastic technology at such high cost we have a right to ask for good design. That is thru the use of square sensors so that vertical/horizontal format decisions can either be made instantly in camera or later during editing and square format also available. I also need good v/f choices, the 'black plastic blob' will not suffice in a serious/pro system or camera.
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Hmmm...would like to see the body come in at around US $5000 or so. Having professionally shot 35mm, square MF, and 4x5 inch, I see a prospective 645D as just about ideal for my present emphasis on landscapes and the occasional portrait. Like Ole, I'd prefer the camera to have a crop factor at or very near 1:1, and like bazz, I'd hope it would have an interchangeable back capability. I expect to continue for quite some time to shoot the K10D for urban street scenes and in more casual person/indoor shots. The Spotmatic, I'm keeping for the fun of shooting manual 35mm style!

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I have been waiting for this lens for quite some time. A few lenses in the cabinet already as well.

Hopefully not more than 8000 US dollars
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Confused

I don't understand the poll.

A 645D only makes sense with a 60x45 FF sensor. Otherwise one would be much better off with a 35mm FF DSLR. Taking into account the size of the market, a 60x45 FF camera cannot be sold under 15,000 $. No way. So, what is this poll good for? Expression of wishful thinking?

Therefore, if I would buy one, I would buy one only if it costs more then 15,000 $. Otherwise, it would be crap I won't buy.
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No interest in it what-so-ever.

I know that there are some who will jump at this, but for all intents and purposes it's a different system which I have nothing to use on it. A camera based on the 35mm system makes far more sense for me.

If I had a couple of 645 lenses, I'd probably be looking forward to it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by falconeye Quote
I don't understand the poll.

A 645D only makes sense with a 60x45 FF sensor.
Hasselblads are 36x48mm and sell well enough with a price tag of 20,000 euros last time I checked...
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Hasselblads are 36x48mm and sell well enough with a price tag of 20,000 euros last time I checked...
Ok, so called 645 or "60 x 45 mm" actually is 56 x 41,5 mm for usable image size with film.

You are right, the new digital H3Ds have between 44.2 x 33.1 and 49.0 x 36.7 mm sensors or a crop factor of between 1.26 and 1.14. Phase One for Hasselblad has 49.1 x 36.8 or a crop factor of 1.13.

But this is all well above 35mm FF and already approching a crop factor of 1.0 for the 645 format.
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Would the 645D be full frame? Also, would this be the only professional camera that Pentax would manufacture?
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