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09-02-2013, 12:01 PM   #1
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645D- how low will it go? ...

When the 645D came out, it was over 10k, now it's down to 7... how low will it go? The new one hasn't been announced yet, this one should go even lower when it is. You think they'll ever dump these at less than half the original price, like a K-01? I'm in the mood for a little idle speculation, on something other than a full frame. Also, since a 645 is supposed to be 64.5 mm, how is this not called a 440?



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Also, since a 645 is supposed to be 64.5 mm, how is this not called a 440?
Lol. I bet it will fall to the 3-4k range if/when a successor comes out.

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I noticed today that overhere the price is down from 9.999 euro to 5.999 euro. So that is a good price and competative to some other camera systems (D800 to name).

I have not the idea that this is dumping, I think Ricoh still can earn money with this price. The 645D is a big box with all the electronics from the K-7 and a wonderfull sensor inside. The costs for this aren't that big to my knowledge (and all R&D expensis are earnt back allready).

This 645D coult be for some while in the market and maybe there is room for a 645D II.
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> Also, since a 645 is supposed to be 64.5 mm

I've always thought it was 6cm by 4,5cm.

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Most 645 frames are 41.5mm X 56mm.
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> Also, since a 645 is supposed to be 64.5 mm

I've always thought it was 6cm by 4,5cm.
That would make sense 645 = 6x4.5

56 and 41.5 makes sense also, that would leave room for borders.... I still think they should cal it the 440 instead of the 645. Truth in advertising I say....

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Lol. I bet it will fall to the 3-4k range if/when a successor comes out.
I hope you're right Adam. I'd grab one at that price over a D800 any day.
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Come to think of it, when the new 645DII is out and if the old one can be maintained at $4k in the market as a lower end model, it might spawn a renewed lease of life to MF and give 135 format a run for the money.
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56 and 41.5 makes sense also, that would leave room for borders.... I still think they should cal it the 440 instead of the 645. Truth in advertising I say....
They really only need to leave room on the boarders on 6 cm dimension. But the 4.5 cm could actually be 4.5 cm except for consideration of the number of frames per roll. Each camera manufacture has slightly different actual frames sizes, it seems. My Mamiya 7II (a 6x7) has a slightly larger actual image size than my Pentax 6x7, for example.

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maybe there is room for a 645D II.
If it could shoot video, the image would be SOOOOOOO BEAUTIFUL......................................

(as long as it was implemented better than it has been in their current cameras, and included manual control over exposure)
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
I still think they should cal it the 440 instead of the 645. Truth in advertising I say....
Yes, and what was it with all of these 35mm marketed cropped sensors (apss, apsh, etc.) from Nikon, Canon, Sony, etc? I think they should have called the 18mm cameras or whatever. Then confused people even more and told them they had to buy 35mm xbrand mount lenses to go on the 18mm body...

Perhaps you should complain about the naming of the Hassy and Phase/Leaf back names as well. That would really complete the argument.

Or mess with peoples minds and go back all the way to film era Hasselblad Xpan marketed as a 35mm rangefinder taking 24mm x 65mm negatives. After all 35mm doesn't even measure the height of the film but the width that most cameras used...

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At my shop here in Tokyo the 645D is 588,000 yen, so about $1,000 less than the price quoted in this thread.
As for the naming, while "645" was always a bit of a misnomer since it really wasn't quite 6cm x 4.5cm, nevertheless I've always thought it was a bit underhanded to call the largely cropped sensors "645" since they aren't even close. With the smaller cameras at least you have a name like "APS-C" to let people know that it isn't really a 35mm frame size.
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I assumed they called it 645 since it had the same mount as the film version, not to dupe anybody. Of course I don't think many people would have forked over 10 grand without knowing what they were getting.
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Or mess with peoples minds and go back all the way to film era Hasselblad Xpan marketed as a 35mm rangefinder taking 24mm x 65mm negatives. After all 35mm doesn't even measure the height of the film but the width that most cameras used...
But it is 35mm. That's the width (or as you called it, height) of the film strip. There are only 24mm usable because of the perforations, but it is 35mm in total. (And the nominal "full frame" is 36mm in the other dimension, not 35mm.) So that one seems perfectly reasonable.
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Today I saw a used 645D in excellent condition for 477,750 yen, which is about US$4,800.
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