The Pentax 645Z camera is now $1,500 off



The Pentax 645Z medium format camera is now $1,500 off ($5,496.95) at B&HAdorama and Amazon.

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  • Zos Xavius

    New model coming? 100mp? PLEASE

    • ZMWT

      I think they are working on the mirrorless 645 and mirrorless FF. They have to, and one possible clue is cease of new lens announcements for the 645 (for years now) and of any advertisement of new K mount lenses or the next-gen bodies.

      • Zos Xavius

        The lack of new 645 lenses is very troubling for the system that Ricoh is doing the best financially with. In a way they have a fairly extensive set of lenses already (even more so if you adapt and consider manual lenses, plus the 67 lenses are mostly first class). I shoot MF film so frankly I don’t really care about $4000 lenses lol, but there are people that do have that kind of cash. What’s sad is that the K-1 has been out forever now and no new primes. Just some zooms. The 50/1.4 and 85 seem to be forever away at this point. By the time they are released the camera will already be due for replacement. It kind of already is anyways with the D850 out.

        Frankly I’m tired of this never ending stream of continuous upgrades. Things were good enough a long time ago. I’m not going to deny that 36 and 45mp FF cameras have a place in the world, but for a lot of people after resolution you might as well just go MF at that point. Even the old 645D will churn out beautiful 40mp files with its CCD sensor.

        Frankly, the lack of any new products from Ricoh is troubling. Betting the farm on a mirrorless system doesn’t seem like the wisest choice. There are a lot of OVF diehards using pentax and other DSLRs. Eventually the OVF will fall by the wayside, but surely there will be a company that will produce them for the people that want them. If pentax were smart they would have seen that eventuality. I mean no GR III so far this year and its pretty overdue. That’s troubling because that camera is the pride of Ricoh as it is the only legitimate camera they actually make anymore.

        I’m trying not to be totally down on the lack of pentax news lately, but yeah. It’s not really looking good. Supposedly there is some new model in the wings, but I have no other information other than it exists. Pentax is a very secretive bunch.

        • Cynog

          I’m disheartened by the lack of new primes for the K-1 and the failure to improve auto-focus to levels seen in the competition. I’m keeping my Pentax gear, but I have been investing heavily in Nikon of late, including the D850. Nothing touches the K-1 for macro shots in pixel shift mode, though.

          • ZMWT

            You never used D850.

          • Cynog

            Why is it obvious? I have a D850 (and a D810, which I have used for the last three years), and I am well aware of what these cameras can do. I still think for static subjects, the pixel shift mode on the K-1 is hard to beat as it gives full colour information for all of the 36 megapixels without interpolation.

          • Zos Xavius

            This

        • ZMWT

          Their DSLR tech is basic, lens tech basic, mirrorless was relatively good in Q and GR, but never developed, and now surpassed by the m4/3 world, Sony and Leica big time. I have no idea what they have in mind, but considering that the mirrorless ILC market is experiencing unprecedented growth, and DSLR market had reached full saturation, I think it is better to focus on future markets. With D500 and D850, Nikon has redefined what one expects from a modern DSLR – Ricoh Imaging can never match those at that cost, and they can never match the rest of the Nikon DSLR system. Anyone who buys a Pentax DSLR — right now — is crazy. 5 years ago, perhaps, but now, no.
          Nikon and Canon too work on FF mirrorless, everyone knows that. So, their best chances are in devising some mirrorless approach for the future, trying to wrap up their scattered systems and lens tech into a meaningful new lineup, and only one lineup, because they have no stamina to pursue so many different formats and lens systems. They may become a boutique camera manufacturer, accepting custom orders on one or two basic camera models, allowing customers to choose between sensor sizes, body colour, and similar customisation.

          • Zos Xavius

            Come on man, Hoya did way more to ruin pentax than Ricoh ever did. Given the small size of their budget what do you expect from them? They have 4(!) mounts to support. Camera sales have been steadily decreasing since Ricoh bought them too. Its not like they are suddenly going to turn the market upside down, or ever really. And nobody ever expected them too. Frankly your Pentax bashing is rather tiring. I’m smart enough to see that the brand has a dubious future, but who cares really? I have lenses and cameras and hopefully they will just make some more bodies to keep me going for a while. They could kill Pentax tomorrow and it wouldn’t be the end of the world. There are plenty of K-5 IIs and K-3s out there to buy up for cheap and soon K-1s too. Even now a K-1 will give you great IQ for years to come. 36mp is pushing the edge of what 135 is capable of anyways. Anything beyond that you might as well just step up to a bigger format.

            Why are so many photographers eternally unhappy with their gear?

          • ZMWT

            Hoya was instrumental in a hostile takeover. So they share in guilt of ruining a reputable optical company. But Hoya did deliver in absolutely crucial areas (645D, new vital lenses), and Ricoh did not deliver in those crucial areas, only very, very late (late delivery of K1). Ricoh in fact killed most important project Pentax was on — retro DSLR with new Ltd lenses, and Ricoh issued — K-01 instead. It was a disaster, because Ricoh wanted to run Pentax on cheap, like a third world camera brand.
            Considering amount of empty promises, it is obvious Ricoh bought what’s left of Pentax to integrate within own vast business, that is totally different from a consumer oriented camera and optics industry. If Hoya wounded Pentax, Ricoh brought it to the table and ate it, and threw the bones to the customers.

        • Spy Black

          They may simply be condensing all their resources, knowing they have to make a do or die mirrorless camera and/or system. I think they may whittle down the DSLR line regardless, but certainly with the advent of a mirrorless system. Interestingly, just like Nikon, this is their opportunity to create a new mount, while maintaining an effective K adapter.

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