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09-20-2006, 09:01 PM   #1
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Pentax 645 Digital Announced!

Along with the selection of three new DA* lenses, Pentax has just announced their 645 digital camera body.

Pentax currently claim that it will have an 18-megapixel sensor, but they added that the camera may potentially have up to 30 megapixels, depending on the final sensor choice.

See the source here: PENTAX NEWS release 2006 : PENTAX to Exhibit Upcoming Digital SLR Camera Products at Photokina 2006 in Germany

Pentax was also kind enough to release 2 nice images of the camera:

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09-20-2006, 09:20 PM   #2
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30MP, now we're talking!
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Looks like a clunker, glad I pre-ordered the sexy K10D already. I'm guessing this will sell with the existing Pentax 645 users, but I couldn't find a use for it.
The continuous upgrade sounds interesting, I wonder how they're going to pull it off.
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Hi,
The past 10 months I have invested in 645 lenses, expecting for the release of the 645D. Last December I had only 645N body+75/2.8 standard lens. Now my collection of 645ers is almost completed.
A35 f3.5
FA 75 f2.8
FA 120 f4 macro
FA 200 f4
FA 400 f5.6
A 600 f5.6
FA 45-85 f4.5
FA 80-160 f4.5
I only need a wide prime because 35mm is not so wide with the croped factor of the new 645D.
All the lenses I got are second hand but in mint condition.


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Pentax 645 Digital

I know most arn't interested in the 645D, but I hope by the time it comes to market I will have one. I think it will add great things to the studio.
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I have never looked at prices for anything but 35mm so how much would something like that baby cost?
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QuoteOriginally posted by vievetrick Quote
I have never looked at prices for anything but 35mm so how much would something like that baby cost?
Rumors.... the price will be bellow $10.000. I hope and wish and my fingers cross for $ 7.000
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That's a little too much- I've heard it will be between $5500 and $6000


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That's a little too much- I've heard it will be between $5500 and $6000
Europe price will be a bit higher than USA price as usual.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Gio645 Quote
Hi,
The past 10 months I have invested in 645 lenses, expecting for the release of the 645D. Last December I had only 645N body+75/2.8 standard lens. Now my collection of 645ers is almost completed.
A35 f3.5
FA 75 f2.8
FA 120 f4 macro
FA 200 f4
FA 400 f5.6
A 600 f5.6
FA 45-85 f4.5
FA 80-160 f4.5
I only need a wide prime because 35mm is not so wide with the croped factor of the new 645D.
All the lenses I got are second hand but in mint condition.
http://www.dpgr.gr/usergalleries/albums/userpics/22935/IMGP0259.JPG

That is a pretty nice collection. Can you comment on the optical/mechanical quality of these lenses. And if one should only want one lens, which one should he take? The 75?
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has anyone speculated yet on the compatibility of new Digital 645 lenses with APS K cameras? If (IF) the new 645 lenses will be with internal ultrasonic motors, would be posiible that they would be fully automatic on the small format Pentaxes? Or a mechanical transmission for the automated diaphragm would still be needed?
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any update on when/if this camera will be released... Personally I don't need one but it seems to be a bit of a phantom...
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I don't know, but since they're releasing the D-FA 645 55mm in mid 2007, I wouldn't be surprised to see it around that time.

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QuoteOriginally posted by eurostar Quote
has anyone speculated yet on the compatibility of new Digital 645 lenses with APS K cameras? If (IF) the new 645 lenses will be with internal ultrasonic motors, would be posiible that they would be fully automatic on the small format Pentaxes? Or a mechanical transmission for the automated diaphragm would still be needed?
I doubt that the 645 wil use any sort of USM. It is not designed to be a blazing fast camera. Its designed to be a fast Med. Format (645) camera. Compair the AF and FPS on any 645N and up its much faster than a old TLR or Hassy.
However that being said,. I can not waite till it comes out. I dont shoot w/ a 645 but I would love to see the detail this thing gives
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Well now I have something to add to my lottery winning wish list. 31mp would be a lot of fun for landscape work. I would love to experiment with MF, it would be a b&(^ to carry around though.....
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