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EHFBADSJHVBFHDVFDDVNFIJDNVFJKDV!!!!

Finally!!!

http://www.dpreview.com/news/1003/10...pentax645d.asp

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Five years after announcing its development, and following a month-long online campaign trailing the launch, Pentax has finally unveiled its much anticipated 645D medium format digital camera. The first digital version of the company's 645 medium format camera system, it features a 40MP, 44 x 33 CCD sensor, 921k dot 3.0" LCD and is compatible with the existing 645 system lenses. The camera will initially be available only in the Japanese market at a suggested retail price of ¥850,000 (~ US $9,400) from May 2010.

I wonder when it will be available in the US. (and of course, I wonder what the price will be in the US). Lame how it's only being launched in Japan first.



EDIT: Product page is up now on the Japanese site: http://www.camera-pentax.jp/645d/top.html
 

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That's a HUUGE camera.

Gah, why so expensive.. Only if they drop the 9 in front.. i may actually be able to afford it
 

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It will probably be cheaper in the US. I'm looking forward to MF cameras dominating studio work yet again.
 

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freakin medium format cameras rawr >=[
 

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dude, just when I was thinking of ditching pentax . . . now all I need to do is find a $10k bonus from work somehow . . .
 

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hopefully its way better then some of the other cameras they've pushed over the last couple years. especially for that pricetag it better.
 

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Excellent news! It's a lot of camera for the price. Compared to the recently released Mamiya, the P645D looks like a bargain; and it's better specced to boot!

Hopefully I'll win the lottery sometime soon and my K20D can have a companion
 

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Wonder if something like this might force high end 35mm prices down.


the kind of shooting I like works better with 35mm, so I wouldn't mind a price drop. Looks like a sweet camera though for the studio/product/landscape photographer
 

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Wonder if something like this might force high end 35mm prices down.


the kind of shooting I like works better with 35mm, so I wouldn't mind a price drop. Looks like a sweet camera though for the studio/product/landscape photographer

Doubtful, seeing as they have their own benefits.
 

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You guys could just get a tilt-shift lens and stitch multiple files together...
That won't have the same effect at all.

Image compression at equivalent focal lengths, dynamic range, resolved detailed, etc... is different for 4/3's, APS-C, 35mm and Medium Format.
 

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That won't have the same effect at all.

Image compression at equivalent focal lengths, dynamic range, resolved detailed, etc... is different for 4/3's, APS-C, 35mm and Medium Format.

Not that it'd be completely different either. Especially if you're essentially purchasing one for the larger resolution. If you think about it, taking multiple photos and stitching them into one is kind of like having a physically larger sensor, as you're still maintaining the same pixel density.
 

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Not that it'd be completely different either. Especially if you're essentially purchasing one for the larger resolution. If you think about it, taking multiple photos and stitching them into one is kind of like having a physically larger sensor, as you're still maintaining the same pixel density.
Hadn't thought about pixel density. Makes me wonder if they set this thing up for any low light work (high "ISO"). Anyone think Pentax would let us borrow one to check it out?


Medium format from the days of film had incredible resolution compared to 35mm. I can only imagine what this think (and other brands) can do. And these are the nice one shot backs, not the older scanning backs. Billboard sized prints anyone?
 

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Not that it'd be completely different either. Especially if you're essentially purchasing one for the larger resolution. If you think about it, taking multiple photos and stitching them into one is kind of like having a physically larger sensor, as you're still maintaining the same pixel density.

depth of field, time consumption... the list goes on.

I don't think many people can be bothered to stitch multiple photos together for every shot they plan to keep.
 

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depth of field, time consumption... the list goes on.

I don't think many people can be bothered to stitch multiple photos together for every shot they plan to keep.

Not to mention forget shooting anything that moves even a HAIR...
 
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