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05-24-2014, 07:28 PM   #1
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645Z: Coming May 30th

B&h photo web site now states may 30th expected availability !!!

Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera (Body Only) 16599 B&H

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Looks like it'll be in my hands next week then. Cool!

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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
Looks like it'll be in my hands next week then. Cool!
Just for review or are you planning on keeping one?
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Just for review or are you planning on keeping one?
Probably both, but I guess that depends on how good it really is.


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oh, you really have inkling it won't be?
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I just tried one out at the Toronto Exposure camera show (thanks, Ricoh Imaging Canada) and it is waaaay ahead of the old 645D simply in terms of usability. Much, much faster operation and processing (no idea about card write speeds, as they were verboten since it was firmware 0.6), but multiple frames per second(!), quieter and less "clunky" mirror and shutter action, same live view with all the features from the K-3 (focus peaking, face detection (take that, Hasselblad!), various CDAF modes).... and it took ISO 3200 to make the grain appear dramatically at 100% (you can zoom in on the shot in the buffer even without a card, just like on our DSLRs).

A Sony guy stopped by with his A7R and spent a good deal of time trying it out, and when he asked about native lenses, Dan from Ricoh said "we have 16 available... what do you need?" Finally! There were eight FA645 lenses on display, as well as the DA25 and 55. No 90 macro though. I spent most of my time with the 55 at f/3.2 just gaping at the shallow DOF. I suppose everyone does that with a larger-sensor camera when they first pick it up... heck f/11 even had nice bokeh!
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