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09-22-2017, 01:20 PM   #1
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I'm not sure why I haven't become a member earlier but here I am. I shot film for many years, first with 35mm, then with medium format, and finally with 4x5 and 8x10. My life became increasing busy with family (three kids) and career (psychologist/teacher/researcher) so after much (very much) trepidation I decided to sell my analog stuff, including a fully equipped professional darkroom and buy a digital camera. This was one of the toughest decisions I ever made. I considered different cameras, of course, but I eventually settled on 645Z. It's been now about 2 years since I made the plunge, and I can honestly say that I am very happy with the decision after all. I became accustomed to the quality of optically enlarging medium format and 4x5 negs, and contact printing 8x10 negs. My darkroom even had a Durst 8x10 enlarger! I wanted the best digital sensor I could afford and the 645Z was it. The quality I get from the Z still amazes me. Yes, I sometimes miss the tactile nature of analog photography and the tonality of a properly contact printed 8x10 negative. I may return to that in the near future as my old trust Century Universal 8x10 is still be my side For now the Z does everything I need and I'm a happy camper.

I hope to contribute to the forum,
Thanks for reading.


09-22-2017, 03:20 PM   #2
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Hi from Australia Luigi, and welcome to the Pentax forums and the wonderful 645Z. Good to have you here.
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Thanks Peter.
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Welcome to the forums.

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Welcome to the forum, here's another positive thought for you... the 645Z will be a lot faster to operate than the 8x10.
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No doubt Kerrowdown

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