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Forum: Pentax Medium Format 04-15-2014, 01:20 PM  
645 z ?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 29
Views: 4,777
There is also focus peaking available in live view. I guess this will be very usefull, like it already is with cameras like the Sony A7/r.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 02-25-2014, 11:21 AM  
Limited Edition Red 645D on eBay UK
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 9
Views: 1,382
On the German ebay website is also someone selling one but for only 10.000 Euro. Pentax 645 D Limited Edition & Objektiv FA645 55mm F2.8 AL IF SDM | eBay
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-19-2014, 06:46 AM  
Please, help me to avoid buying a 645D
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 33
Views: 4,019
If you search for a used 645D, you could be lucky to find one on ebay.de. They also had the Limited Edition online just a few days ago.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-18-2014, 01:33 PM  
Please, help me to avoid buying a 645D
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 33
Views: 4,019
Actually I would not buy it anymore for this price. In my Country (Germany) a used 645D with kit lens is selling for around 3500 Euro. So 5000 Euro is a lot more than the actual street price. If it is still under warranty the price might be justified. But you have to consider that a new (!) 645D+55mm costs around 4600 Euro in Japan. That is around 5500 Euro after paying import tax in my country and you would have full warranty for a year.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-15-2013, 01:50 PM  
645D- how low will it go? ...
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 34
Views: 4,980
In Germany a used Pentax 645D sells for around 4000-4500 Euro now. I even saw one beeing sold for 3800 Euro. That is nearly 50% cheaper than a new one.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-20-2013, 11:08 PM  
Lee Filters with 645 A 35mm
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 5
Views: 1,376
I use the 35mm + 77mm adapter + polarizer adapter + polarizer + 2 filter holders. With this setup no problems. I never tried 3 filter holders. Hope this helps.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 07-18-2013, 05:25 AM  
645D Image review 1:1 pixel
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 6
Views: 1,393
x14 comes closest to a 100% magnification. But you can also use x11 or x16.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-13-2013, 02:21 AM  
Pentax-D FA 645 90mm F2.8 ED Macro Price and sample pictures?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 6
Views: 2,632
The new macro is also over 1kg, probably due to it's image stabilization. Check out this picture from Chris Wilson. The lens is a beast.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-12-2013, 03:02 AM  
Pentax-D FA 645 90mm F2.8 ED Macro Price and sample pictures?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 6
Views: 2,632
I bought the camera and lenses in Tokyo and payed the tax at the airport. Still I saved a lot of money. It is always worth to check out their prices. Right now the Sony RX-1 is a real bargain there. And I will probably buy one when I go there next time.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 01-08-2013, 02:08 AM  
Pentax-D FA 645 90mm F2.8 ED Macro Price and sample pictures?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 6
Views: 2,632
Chris Wilson uses this lens since quite a while. You can check out his blog. I would be also interested in a review of this lens, especially information about the new image stabilization.
Btw mapcamera is one of the best stores in Tokyo. I bought my 645D and lenses there.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-30-2012, 03:17 PM  
Post your medium format photos!
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 15,528
Views: 2,576,527
last one is my favourite one. I like the different layers in the picture.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-30-2012, 12:54 AM  
fa 150 vs fa 120 macro
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 9
Views: 4,772
I had both lenses. The 150mm 2.8 focuses much, much faster with an excellent bokeh. Probably the fastest autofocus lens you can get for the 645D. The 120mm is very slow and heavy. For landscape it is a great lens, but for portraiture I would not choose it.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-22-2012, 01:44 PM  
Price sounds too cheap?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 5
Views: 1,632
That is too cheap. Be cautious with this kind of websites and offers. I wouldn't buy anything from these sellers. The prices are way off from what is usually paid.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-22-2012, 11:37 AM  
Pentax 645D newbie questions
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 18
Views: 3,266
This question is not easy to answer. I would say the depth of field is very thin with a 2.8 lens. Coming from Canon full frame, I would say it is comparable to a 1.4 lens in 35mm terms. With my 55mm D-FA 2.8 I get smoother results than with my old Canon 35mm 1.4. The depth of field from the 150mm 2.8 is also very thin. Unfortunately Pentax doesn't offer any faster lenses. But you can also adapt Hasselblad lenses, which allows you to use the 110mm f 2.0.

Here are some examples for the different lenses. First one from the luminous landscape forum, second from one of the forum members here.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-21-2012, 12:48 AM  
Pentax 645D newbie questions
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 18
Views: 3,266
The most popular and biggest medium format forums are the "luminous landscape" and the "getdpi" forum. There you will find all answers to your questions about the S2.
The 150mm FA is a very good lens. The autofocus is very fast and the bokeh excellent. This is the best portrait lens you can get for the Pentax right now. You could also consider the 75mm FA which is sharper than the 150mm at all aperture settings and cheaper too. The bokeh of course is not as good as with the 150mm.
The 120mm is probably the sharpest lens in the current lineup, but has only f4.0, slow autofocus and a not so great bokeh. There is also coming a new 90mm D-FA in December, which will probably be the best short telephoto then.
With the 55mm D-FA you get a very good, weathersealed 43mm lens (in 35mm terms) which is very sharp from f2.8. It has also very nice color rendering and excellent bokeh, due to its 10 rounded aperture blades. I highly recommend this lens.
I would go with the 150mm FA and 55mm D-Fa. Or you take the 75mm FA instead of the 55mm. Then you just need to add a wide angle like the 35mm A and you have a very good setup to start with.

Btw, you will not find one person that says that the d800e files are better than the Pentax 645D files. And considering the prices of the lenses, the 645D is a bargain.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-20-2012, 01:22 AM  
Hasselblad Carl Zeiss Planar T* 110/2.0
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 3
Views: 3,960
Which adapter did you use for your 645D?
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-16-2012, 10:28 AM  
645D hot pixel mapping in Bulb mode?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 18
Views: 5,070
I took a shot from a darker area (the picture doesn't have to be completly dark), like in your testshot, so that you can see the line clearly. You can also check on the camera display if the line is visible after you took the shot. No long exposure is necessary, as the line should be visible on every shot. Then run the pixel mapping right afterwards. Your problem should be solved. I got a message from another member, who did the test multiple times and the line dissappeared after the third time. Maybe just take several shots and always run the pixel mapping afterwards if it doesn't work with the first one.
In my case I could solve the problem with the first pixel mapping I did.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-16-2012, 01:06 AM  
645D hot pixel mapping in Bulb mode?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 18
Views: 5,070
Don't send it back to Pentax! Just do a simple pixel mapping after you took a shot at ISO 1600 in a dark environment.
It is important that you first take a sample shot for the camera, so that it can detect the line streak. Then run the pixel mapping and it will remove the line completly.
It worked for me and some other guys I talked too also.

I already wrote this in another thread:
"Here are some good news for all Pentax 645D users. If you have problems with red or green lines on your pictures don't (!) send your camera in for a repair. Just do a simple pixel mapping (menu 4 in the third settings column) and your problem will be solved.

Here is how it is done:

First take a shot of a dark area at ISO 1600. Then do the pixel mapping right after it.
Take another shot of the same area at the same settings. Now compare the first shot with your second one. You shouldn't see any lines anymore."
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 11-09-2012, 10:43 AM  
Some new Southwest Images
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 21
Views: 3,691
The last one is my favourite. Great series of pictures.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-16-2012, 11:26 PM  
Some shots from japan (645D)
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 38
Views: 6,654
100% agree. I made exactly the same observation regarding this point.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-09-2012, 11:57 PM  
good price for used 645D?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 8
Views: 2,119
I think it just depends on how old and used your camera is. If it is only a few months old with just a few actuations, I would never ask for a price less than 20% off the new price.
The lowest price I could find is around 8.000 Euro for a new camera body. In this case a price around 6000 Euro for a used one would be a fair price in my opinion. If you add your two FA-lenses, it should be around 6800 Euro. Now deduct Papal and ebay and maybe some transport costs and it comes down to roughly 6600 Euro overall. So that would be a price I would consider for this setup when I would sell it outside from ebay. Hope this helps.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 10-09-2012, 01:57 PM  
good price for used 645D?
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 8
Views: 2,119
I don't know how many actuations your camera has and how old it is. But I think 5100 Euro for the body alone is a joke even less with the lenses together.
This camera provides the same image quality as a Hasselblad h4d 40. And this camera gets sold used between 10.000-11.000 Dollar on ebay without a lens or just together with the 80mm lens.
So I would say you can calculate with 20-30% off the new price, depending on your cameras condition and age. Anything else would be a bad deal for you.
And ebay doesn't charge that much for higher priced products, as they use a limit fee of only 50 Euro for all higher priced items. The only thing that will cost some money is Paypal (1,9%). So I would advise not to use Paypal if possible.
Forum: Non-Pentax Cameras: Canon, Nikon, etc. 09-17-2012, 11:09 PM  
Phase One announced a new 645DF+ @$6000
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 11
Views: 1,568
The Pentax is still by far the cheapest MF DSLR on the Market. Only the backs alone from other manufacturers costs more than the Pentax. So you always need an additional camera body (besides the Leica S-Series). The cheapest competitor is Hasselblad with their HD4-31 (body+sensor). Even it has lower resolution and the same sensor size it costs much more than the Pentax.
The only real competitor is the Nikon D800. But here the lenses costs a lot even you buy them used.
Overall I still see the Pentax as the best offer if you want the best image quality for the lowest price.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-17-2012, 02:09 PM  
FA645 MACRO 90mm f/2.8ED
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 38
Views: 5,206
The price in Japan is around 350.000 Yen. That is around 4500 US Dollars or 3400 Euro. The 25mm already costs less in Japan.
Forum: Pentax Medium Format 09-05-2012, 12:54 PM  
line streak @1600 iso 645D
Posted By derAngler
Replies: 24
Views: 4,030
Here are some good news for all Pentax 645D users. If you have problems with red or green lines on your pictures don't (!) send your camera in for a repair. Just do a simple pixel mapping (menu 4 in the third settings column) and your problem will be solved.

Here is how it is done:

First take a shot of a dark area at ISO 1600. Then do the pixel mapping right after it.
Take another shot of the same area at the same settings. Now compare the first shot with your second one. You shouldn't see any lines anymore.
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