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Old 04-15-2014   #1
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Default Pentax 645Z; return of U.S. Distribution

Ricoh just dropped a bomb on the digital medium format world; 51.4 MP CMOS for $8500.

Makes videos too, if you need that.

Obviously they're not directly targeting Phase One's or (the shell of Victor) Hasselblad's existing customers, but this is an intriguing option for some.

Also, with the return of U.S. distribution of the Pentax 645 lenses, this may be more viable for photographers in the U.S.

Personally, I think this system needs modern leaf shutter lenses to truly compete with the Leica, Hasselblad, and Phase systems, but maybe Ricoh is happy just lowering the entry point into the larger sensors.

When I moved to digital medium format, I personally passed on the original Pentax 645D because of a lack of U.S. dealer support and the lack of leaf shutter lenses, which then wouldn't have had enough advantages over the D800E cameras I was using at the time.

DPReview's hands-on:

http://www.dpreview.com/news/2014/04...&ref=title_0_3

Ricoh announces medium-format Pentax 645Z: Digital Photography Review

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It will be nice to watch and see how it is accepted, but I wouldn't send the package back if one was sent here....
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Well, you could try telling Ricoh you're an official Photocamel reviewer...
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This is interesting. A leaf shutter lens would be great. Weather sealed at 51 mp seems pretty intense. I am shooting a d800 now and this has me thinking.
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Here's the first hands-on review I've seen by a shooter: Review: The Pentax 645Z, part I ? Ming Thein | Photographer

I'm going to start reading this right now. Hopefully some of you Geardos/Gearhos want to join me in checking it out.


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