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| p.7 #3 · p.7 #3 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499 |
Wow! Looks like a good stab at reviving MF to a larger audience. Good sensor, good features, sane price.
On the other hand, for a landscape photographer it is hard to see what the benefits are compared to a D800E or A7r. Crop factor of 0.79x and linear pixel count increase of only 20% compared to the FF options. Neglecting the price just the system weight and bulk in comparison is very significant for the marginal gains. Are the optics available really that much more outstanding than what can be had or adapted on a A7R or D800E?
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I think there is more to it than just sharpness so that now, with likely the same state of the art Sony CMOS sensor technology in a larger format sensor, you can't directly compare FF 35 to the larger sensor (well, you can and the larger sensor is going to be better). I really think this was the case beforehand with regard to rendering myself (tonality, smoothness, color and other IQ aspects).
Personally, I'm stocking up on the best 645 glass now. I figure we will be seeing this Sony MF CMOS sensor show up elsewhere soon - perhaps even on a mirrorless option -and the better lenses will be in high demand. Just picked up the 35 3.5A, 55 A and 120 FA Macro this morning in fact. Combined price of around $1300. Frankly, that's less than I would pay for good APS glass.