Kater Karlo: Can anyone tell me from experience what kind of computer (preferably PC) I would need to develop such big RAWs and the resulting Tiffs / JPGs? I guess it must be a pretty fast machine, but what is the most important? Processing power, RAM, graphics card?Thanks...
A new Mac Pro in the shape of a cylinder might do.
Rallyewerk: I have just returned from shooting the 2nd roun dog the Red Bull Air Race World Championship and have taken the Pase One 645DF+ with IQ250 to test it´s performance.It was great and I will use it more in the events that I cover, but this new Pentax sounds too good to be true.I am most impressed by the design and the weatherproofness as I shoot a lot in the desert, dirt and offshore.Please follow up on the camera as I would love to hear more about how it actually performs
Please compare all above ISO 6400 shots!
RDMPhotos: Starting with the 645AF system kept Costs down (R&D, ect.) & has paid off with the 645D becoming the cheapest Medium format camera on the market & now this new even cheaper Z version.But it's sad how many professionals still scoff at it.
I mentioned the 645D to a former professor of mine, back about 5 or so years ago , when we were just chatting and he was talking about renting a another Medium Format camera with a Digital back , to do some work; a Shoot he was commissioned to do in Japan. He was surprised at the price and said "well yea that's Cheep, and I could probably afford to buy one of those on credit, but it's probably a 'you get what you pay for thing' Pentax is not known for it high end professional quality, but more as a middle of the road camera company, and I don't want to end up spending 3 times as many hours post processing as opposed to the shots that I get from a Professional Medium format camera that I could just rent when I need to"
Yea HIS WORDS, and NOT Mine.
You men, he was a professional snob. Sometimes it is easily confused with a professional photographer.
Michael Piziak: If Ansel Adams were alive today I think he would use this camera.
If Ansel Adams was alive today, he'd give up and do something else in life.
Zvonimir Tosic: 645D (and now same shaped Z) is unbelievably comfortable to use. Because of its unique ergonomics and weight distribution thanks to its elongated body, it is more comfortable to use it than any modern DSLR with a longer lens.
Because it pushes the centre of mass forward, towards the natural *resting position of human arms*. Modern DSLRs and mirrorless, being thinner, push the centre of mass further back, which induces extra stress on arm and shoulder muscles even when camera has a small lens on it.
It takes more stress on your muscles and shoulders to hold a DSLR or even mirrorless in front of your eyes with arms close to body than to hold a heavier 645D with arms in their natural resting position away from the body.
Try it yourself if you don't believe it.
Hah, it is worse than that; once you try it, you keep gong back to it even in your dreams.
645D (and now same shaped Z) is unbelievably comfortable to use. Because of its unique ergonomics and weight distribution thanks to its elongated body, it is more comfortable to use it than any modern DSLR with a longer lens.
Regarding inverting the 645 Z into a mirrorless;There are numerous worthless mirrorless systems out there, from a tiny sensor ones all up to the FF. Why are you so hungrily craving another one? Why such a desperation, insatiable greed, lack of respect for uniqueness?Isn't there enough cheap electronics to feast from, or you crave something that still dares to stand on its own and resist to the blind fad? It seems many have already become the Borg.
tabloid: I would be interested if it was mirror-less.
In my opinion thats the future.
There are numerous worthless mirrorless systems out there, from a tiny sensor ones all up to FF. Why are you so hungrily craving another one? Why such a desperation?Isn't there enough cheap electronics to feast from, or you crave something that still dares to resist to the blind fad?
This is lovely. And indeed welcome piece of equipment.
MPA1: It certainly makes the Leica S2P look like a dubious choice!!
Leica S system is lovely. Only Leica cannot exercise the same buying and development power as Ricoh can. Leica's M240 does not use even Sony's pedestrian 24MP 135 format sensors, for example, because of the low volume / low buying power. They must resort to elsewhere.
There were whispers during the CP+ in informed circles that Pentax team is working on another camera beside 645Z, utilising this same sensor and imaging engine. Some hinted a camera in the style of the Sony RX1 / Fuji X100, and not at all bigger than RX1. The lens is supposed to be 28mm - 40mm equivalent in the 135 format. Hmmm ...
So DPR editors, the title of the article states "Hands on with the Pentax 645Z". Did you have a hands on chance to record some images with this new camera? Were you allowed to see and download the output (considering camera is not available yet for purchase)?Thank you.
RichRMA: This is not a sports camera. Time for Pentax to go mirror-less here.
Yes, with the thin mirrorlesss you may mount some MF lenses.But you can't mount the same experience.
The foundational trait of photography is being aware, being an eye-witness to a moment.
A photograph is a distant memory of the experience, and not so important immediately, but later, when we revoke the memories of being there, seeing the scene in the truest sense, recollecting all the emotions.
An OVF provides as direct experience as one can get with a naked eye, without translations in between us and the world around us. An EVF of no matter what technology cannot provide such a level of intimacy of experience, because it interprets the world for us. With an OVF camera even if we miss the 'shot' for some reason, the experience of a moment and its essence is still intact and as direct as possible.
Thus even if the mirrorless takes on everything, it should be kept AWAY from 645, as its OVF provides one of best true live experiences remaining in photography today.
Edymagno: Oh my, it's so ugly it reminds me of an old 40's passenger bus. Despite this I may jump in.
It is a look dictated by its purpose and final aim.It's not a final aim or look done first, then all else crammed inside.
Snowbird_UT: When are they gonna drop the mirror. Of all the systems that could benefit of going mirrorless I would think this one wins hands down. They could make adapters for all those legacy lenses easily enough.
A photograph taken is a distant memory of that experience, and is not so important immediately, but later, when we revoke the memories of being there, seeing the scene in the truest sense, and recollecting all the emotions.
An OVF provides as direct experience as one can get with a naked eye, without any interpretations and translations in between us and the world around us. An EVF of no matter what technology cannot provide such a level of intimacy of experience, because it interprets / translates the world for us.
Try a 645 D or Z some day, look through the viewfinder. I think you will understand this point.
Take one good look through the 645D viewfinder.Then you'll change your statement.
Ricoh Imaging's US website is still dormant.
However, their Japanese website is active:http://www.camera-pentax.jp/645z/
Samples are here:http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/products/645z/ex/
walgarch: I'm a Pentax user and I'm completely appalled by how some Pentaxians are acting. It's as if some people need something to complain about otherwise they're not happy.
I for one congratulate how well Fujifilm is doing. I believe in their philosophy as strongly as I do in Pentax's. But honestly, there are some users who are really killing my experience here on DPR.
Thank you for the review Andy!
If you are appalled by a criticism that asks for explanation of acts, why are you not appalled by your own criticism through derision and refusal to offer any sensible explanation?
Zvonimir Tosic: Wow, totally surprised: X-T1 review comes out in about 2 months. And with no long lashing and reminding needed because of the once made, but hardly to be fulfilled promise.It seems DPR can do anything if they really like it, and makes them enough dough.
We shall ask Pentax for better timing next time then.
Percentages may be subjective score indeed, but the timeframe says there was little objectivity in the attitude. It’s disconcerting. However, DPR loves retro cameras, that is not a big secret. And they can find a handy excuse for anything when they need one.