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p.8 #1 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


you can use any Pentax 645 lens so it doesn't have to be new




Apr 17, 2014 at 12:27 AM
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p.8 #2 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


Since the sensor in the 645Z is sub-645, it'll be interesting to see how it compares to the D800/A7R in IQ when using some of the newer high performance lenses for 35mm, like the OTUS, FE 55, and Sigma 50 ART. Larger formats obviously have an IQ advantage when using similar quality lenses, but the advances in recent 35mm format lenses may bridge the gap, particularly since the 645Z isn't actually 645.


Apr 17, 2014 at 12:55 AM
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p.8 #3 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


uintaangler wrote:
Hope this isn't a dumb question, but here goes…..
Why does the 25mm Pentax SMC 645 lens cost over $4,000?
Even when compared to Pentax's other new lenses for the 645D or 645Z that is significantly higher
Is it particularly difficult to produce UWA lenses for Medium Format cameras?
Is this lens that good?
Thanks


I believe there are really only three newer lenses - released specifically for the digital 645D. These are the DA 25 (4996.95), the D - FA 55 ($1196.95) and the D - FA 90 Macro ($4496.95). All of the other lenses are older and were designed back in the film era. The 55 is the standard/ normal lens so we should expect it will likely be the least expensive. The other two are - traditionally - considered more specialty type lenses for medium format. Wide angle lenses (particularly UWA) and Macro's have always commanded a premium- but they are expensive. I doubt any new, future 645 lens releases will come in below $2000. I still believe there is a question if the older lenses being made available are even still produced. Some claim they are old stock (which might explain the prices) while others say they are still being produced (though we know Pentax had closed/ sold their Japanese factories - and many of these lenses are "Made in Japan" so).

I don't know how good the 25 is...but you can always rent it and see!



Apr 17, 2014 at 01:14 AM
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p.8 #4 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


Tariq Gibran wrote:
I don't know how good the 25 is...but you can always rent it and see!


I would recommend renting or get feedback from someone who uses this lens. Some of the reviews I read were not that favorable, but some of the reviews were done by people who are using preproduction models, or just used it for a couple of days. The reviews I read were from a few years ago. I always take reviews with a grain of salt unless it is from someone who uses the equipment regularly.



Apr 17, 2014 at 03:14 AM
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p.8 #5 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


According to B&H the 645Z will be available for purchase tomorrow, May 30th.


May 29, 2014 at 08:52 PM
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Sneakyracer wrote:
According to B&H the 645Z will be available for purchase tomorrow, May 30th.


Weird, B&H seems to be showing an expected availability of June 30th now when I just checked.



May 29, 2014 at 10:03 PM
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p.8 #7 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


June 27th?
http://photorumors.com/2014/05/25/pentax-645z-medium-format-camera-to-start-shipping-on-june-27th/



May 30, 2014 at 12:53 AM
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p.8 #8 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


Tariq Gibran wrote:
Weird, B&H seems to be showing an expected availability of June 30th now when I just checked.


They must have changed it last night.



May 30, 2014 at 04:36 PM
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p.8 #9 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


I don't know why the heck Sony just didn't make the sensor 56 × 41.5!
Seriously, I'm hoping that Sony launches a sub $10k 56 × 41.5 camera w/updated zeiss contax lenses
Or heck, I'd even settle for an adapter.



May 30, 2014 at 05:23 PM
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p.8 #10 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


The first "affordable" 645-format sensor/camera combo will sell like mad, if it can use legacy lenses.

It doesn't necessarily have to have a gonzo 80 MP resolution, either!



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p.8 #11 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


I just pre ordered the 645z with the 25mm, and 90mm. Very excited about getting this camera. I hope it's as good as I think it will be. Arrives June 30th from B&H.


Jun 19, 2014 at 01:54 PM
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p.8 #12 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


I had a hands-on for media with the 645Z today and wrote a quick impressions post on my blog: http://photographicwanderings.com/2014/06/19/hands-on-with-the-pentax-645z-medium-format-dslr/

Short version: I wish I had some extra cash lying around. Never before have I considered digital MF, but now it seems within reach. Seriously considering ditching my Canon gear and getting the Pentax and a lens or two.

One pro I spoke with said that the 25mm is amazing. It's also $5,000. A little rich for me.



Jun 20, 2014 at 01:46 AM
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p.8 #13 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


read the blog - you kinda forget the Pentax 645D, which came out with an identical sensor to Phase and Hasselblad cameras with a much lower price than those manufacturers. They didn't drop their prices too much then, probably won't now. The 645D then was much more user friendly but Blad and Phase still offer a better new and more consistently performing lens line as well as leaf shutters. There is also the concept of simply upgrading a back and not a whole body when needed or to repair.


Jun 21, 2014 at 01:22 AM
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p.8 #14 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


good price if it's going to be selling for 10G


Jun 21, 2014 at 09:13 AM
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p.8 #15 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


harvey steeves wrote:
read the blog - you kinda forget the Pentax 645D, which came out with an identical sensor to Phase and Hasselblad cameras with a much lower price than those manufacturers. They didn't drop their prices too much then, probably won't now. The 645D then was much more user friendly but Blad and Phase still offer a better new and more consistently performing lens line as well as leaf shutters. There is also the concept of simply upgrading a back and not a whole body when needed or to repair.


At the time of the 645d launch I didn't follow the industry that closely, but I seem to recall that the 40mp in that Pentax were pretty much old hat and Phase One and Hasselblad were already offering much higher pm backs. Plus, Nikon launched the D800 with 36mp. This time around, we are talking about exactly the same sensor in an overall more capable camera than the much more expensive competition. You're right about the lenses, though, so we have to wait and see.



Jun 21, 2014 at 05:19 PM
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p.8 #16 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


nice sharing i wish i had one!


Jun 24, 2014 at 03:22 AM
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p.8 #17 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


nice price on a medium format camera


Jun 28, 2014 at 06:37 PM
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p.8 #18 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


Quick question.. Does anyone know if the distance between sensor and mount would allow for someone to make a Contax645 adapter for the Pentax645Z?
I've tested out quite a bit of Pentax lenses, and prefer the look I get out of the 45/80/140 Contax lenses.



Jun 29, 2014 at 05:39 AM
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p.8 #19 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


would be really nice if they lost the prism and the mirror, and just went with a A7 quality EVF.

Use adapters to put the old lenses in place and let the new ones live a bit closer in

hard to tell exactly how big it really is.



Jun 29, 2014 at 06:08 AM
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p.8 #20 · Official: Pentax 645Z Medium Format priced at $8,499


uhoh7 wrote:
would be really nice if they lost the prism and the mirror, and just went with a A7 quality EVF.

Use adapters to put the old lenses in place and let the new ones live a bit closer in

hard to tell exactly how big it really is.


Sony could conceivably do this- make an 'A9' mirrorless MFD camera. Of course, it'd need lenses, and Sony can barely service the A7 let alone the A7R...



Jun 29, 2014 at 06:33 AM
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