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04-14-2014, 06:06 PM - 1 Like   #1
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Pentax 645Z Q&A with Ricoh Imaging

Greeting fellow Pentaxians. As you may have just seen, the 645Z has officially launched. I will be online for the next hour answering questions about this exciting new camera (until 8:00 PM MST). Please keep questions on the topic of the 645Z.

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Could true 4k video be implemented in this with a future firmware update?
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Could true 4k video be implemented in this with a future firmware update?
As far as we know, it cannot. It is a matter of processing power and file size. To achieve full 4K video the image processor would need to be changed.
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Greeting fellow Pentaxians. As you may have just seen, the 645Z has officially launched. I will be online for the next hour answering questions about this exciting new camera (until 8:00 PM MST). Please keep questions on the topic of the 645Z.

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Thanks for giving our members this opportunity, John!

Will the camera be available through US retailers or exclusively via the Pentax web store?


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With earlier announcement of US availability of 645 lenses does the 645z mean a strong push for MF in the US?

Including pro support such as fast repair lens lending and so on.
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Thanks for giving our members this opportunity, John!

Will the camera be available through US retailers or exclusively via the Pentax web store?
The 645Z will be available through our retail partners nationwide as well as on the web store. We have been talking to them about this camera for several weeks and there is a lot of excitement at retail.

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With earlier announcement of US availability of 645 lenses does the 645z mean a strong push for MF in the US?

Including pro support such as fast repair lens lending and so on.
We are absolutely making a huge push with medium format. There is a tremendous opportunity for Ricoh Imaging due to the specifications and the price of the 645Z.
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That is great news. Any info on how repair and support will be handled?
At this level down time is expensive and so is a spare body.
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That is great news. Any info on how repair and support will be handled?
At this level down time is expensive and so is a spare body.
We are still working on our service strategy, but understand that a professional level camera requires a professional level of support.

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Speaking of Professional Support, Any chance that Ricoh/Pentax brings back wired tethering support for Lightroom or Aperture? A camera like this really needs it to make big strides in the professional studio market. My K3 would love it as well Thanks!
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Will it be available in other markets like Australia along with the expanded lens line up?
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Speaking of Professional Support, Any chance that Ricoh/Pentax brings back wired tethering support for Lightroom or Aperture? A camera like this really needs it to make big strides in the professional studio market. My K3 would love it as well Thanks!
There will be an image transfer software option. We will have more specifications as we get closer to shipping of the product in June.
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Will it be available in other markets like Australia along with the expanded lens line up?
My apologies, but we can't comment on the Australian market.

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Will we see the articulating screen find its way into the K-series?
Great question....but we can't comment on any future product.
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Will the 645d remain part of the line perhaps at lower price or have we moved on?

And the question everyone wants answered. What is the significance of 'Z'?
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Will the 645d remain part of the line perhaps at lower price or have we moved on?

And the question everyone wants answered. What is the significance of 'Z'?
The 645D will remain in the line-up as a lower cost option.

-From the official Q&A-
"Even though the 645D and 645Z products' appearances are similar, their features, including a faster operational response in the 645Z, are quite different. That's why we gave the new camera a name other than 645D. Generally speaking, "Z" implies the "ultimate." Since the new product boasts the highest image quality in the PENTAX digital SLR lineup, we decided to add the letter "Z" to the system description "645."
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Thanks for answering my early question even though it wasn't exactly on-topic I've got one more: When will high-ISO samples be available?
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