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01-08-2010, 02:57 AM   #1
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Pentax EVIL, 645D price rumors

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Two rumors from the world of Pentax: Pentax is expected to release an EVIL camera this year that will look exactly like the Samsung NX10.



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Pentax rumor #2: The medium format Pentax 645D will be released in March 2010 and the price is expected to be US$ 6,500.




01-08-2010, 03:11 AM   #2
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That is a very affordable dMF camera if the rumour is true.
Would be interesting to follow these developments as they surface...
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6500 $ would be a major blow on the market.

Not sure if Pentax can release such a camera at this price however. But they do, they will eat a lot of FF market. (the 645 AF lenses are quite available on second hand market and not that expensive making is very competitive as a system)

Pricing can be changed at the last moment however, so I would be very careful with that one.

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I'm not a rich guy, but honestly... At that price point I will buy the 645D too. Of course it helps to already have the lenses (I have the 34, 45, 75 and 150mm, albeit in A version, not AF).

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grains of salt, anyone?

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QuoteOriginally posted by eigelb Quote
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Two rumors from the world of Pentax: Pentax is expected to release an EVIL camera this year that will look exactly like the Samsung NX10.
Pentax NX10 is like fake.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Jasvox Quote
grains of salt, anyone?

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I think $6500 is possible and consistent with the Pentax boss statement that amateurs will find the price of the 645D "affordable".
The sensor cost probably around $2500 and the rest of the camera is electronically the K-7; share circuitry design. Its chassis and optical system is from the old film 645; developing cost long paid for.

But remember that Herb Chong said theres no way for Pentax to sell it for less than $15 000.....
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Pentax said they were not involved in the NX project. I doubt they changed their mind, and decided to rebrand Samsung camera.

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At 6500 dollars, the 645D would serious damage to the upper end full frame market. Depends of course, why people are shooting full frame, but certainly for studio and landscape work, it would make sense to make a switch.
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$6500 for 645D

$6500 for a 645D. Wow, that does sound appealing.

Here's an image posted here showing a HUGE Nikon D3x next to a Small Medium Format Leica.

Isn't the 645D mount's diameter similar size to Leica's? But overall isn't the Leica body smaller than 645D?

https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/871433-post1.html

Today a 645D for $6500 would be $1,000 less than Nikon D3x 24mp flagship.

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Here's an image posted here showing a HUGE Nikon D3x next to a Small Medium Format Leica.
Leica S2 and a FF Canon:

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QuoteOriginally posted by Samsungian Quote
Isn't the 645D mount's diameter similar size to Leica's? But overall isn't the Leica body smaller than 645D?

Pentax 645NII compared to K10D w/grip:

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Seems to me that photorumors took a quick look at this News and Rumors section and saw the EVIL thread (I still don't understand why it is in this section, it's neither news nor rumor--just what people think Pentax should or shouldn't do).
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But overall isn't the Leica body smaller than 645D?
Probably not. The 645N II is 147 x 109 x 117 mm and weighs 1280 g without batteries, the S2 is 160 x 120 x 80 mm and weighs 1410 g with battery.

So, if we assume the 645D is similar to the 645NII, what happens if you mount a lens?

If you mount the 75/2.8 on the Pentax and the 70/2.5 on the S2, the Pentax is suddenly much smaller in all respects: The depth grows to 154.5 and the weight grows a mere 215 g to 1495 g, while the S2 grows to a depth of 173 mm and a total weight of 2150 g! So you can add a wide Pentax zoom and have a flexible two lens kit and still stay below the weight of a single-lens kit S2 :-)
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When Pentax rep announced that 645D is back on track he said that targeted price is 1000.000 yen which at that time was little over 5000€ and less than 5000$ (if memory serves me right). Even thou yen has rocketed Pentax might have kept the cost down and 6500$ just might be the price.
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