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On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (686 comments in total)
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davco9200: Would love to see a more in-depth review of this camera, especially with lenses. As a Canon shooter, I am really unfamiliar with Pentax glass characteristics and even less familiar with Pentax Medium Format glass. I did some googling but nothing really comprehensive comes up. Suggestions? Is DPReview going to do a full review of it?

Tested a 645Z at Houston Camera Exchange with the 90mm f/2.8 macro lens and I can tell you it is a fantastic combination. Luminous-Landscape is pretty good with 645Z coverage.

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On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (686 comments in total)
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ecube: I will not buy this camera ONLY because I do not have a need for MF because I am too old to carry heavier camera.

I have had Asahi Pentax in the 1960s and have always been impressed by the Takumar lenses. I also like the feel of the original Asahi Pentax in my hand.

To me, Pentax 645Z is a WINNER.

I have two Pentax film cameras (Spotmatic, ME Super) and two DSLR's (K10D, K-5II) and they are all outstanding cameras. The feel of the K-5II is superior in hand. Small and solid. Had a chance to test out a 645Z twice in store and the photos in can produce are fantastic. Wish I could afford one.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 01:13 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (686 comments in total)
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turvyT: dpr is just against Pentax. Or they favor other brands, word it as you want. I'm not a Pentax user or a Pentax fan (Leica and Hassel user), but that's simply obvious. It would be interesting to know why.

I've always thought that. I am a Pentax user and i noticed it always takes them longer to post reviews of Pentax cameras than most other brands. They are so pro Canikon here that it's ridiculous.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 25, 2015 at 01:07 UTC
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Marty4650: It will probably be a great camera, but it sure is an ugly beast!

Ha! I don't think it looks that ugly. It's a mock up after all.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 02:14 UTC
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Madaboutpix: I, for one, like the hints on its design, even if the final product should look somewhat different. It is a distinct Pentax design, given the nod to the brand's legendary 6x7 film MF, and the way it is informed by current K-3 design. Which means that anyone upgrading from or supplementing a K-3 will feel immediately at home with the new FF. I made the same experience when I had a brief hands-on with the 645Z at Photokina, which despite its bulk handled basically like an oversized K-3, which is sheer joy to use.

Though I may not be able to afford it, I don't doubt it will be a competent photography tool and a source of joy to its owners. It makes me kind of proud to see Ricoh's commitment to the Pentax brand. They may be lacking the resources of the bigger players, but slowly, step by step, they're evolving a system that can only enrich the industry with its unique character ...

Agreed. Very well put. Hope it does well. I'll stick with my much loved K-5II.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 02:02 UTC
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Robbie Corrigan: Ahh just so you know the 31mm Limited is not exactly a small lens. Compared to the other Limited's it is massive. So based on this, this prototype is a couple of mm wider, perhaps a cm taller than the K-3, grip seems deeper so its really like a taller, tougher K20D.
Its VF could well be the star of the show, 100% field of view, 0.8 or greater magnification.
First lens I will mount is my 43mm Limited and enjoy a 'real' normal FOV and go street shooting.
When it gets dark, I'll find an available light only gig and dig out my A50 f/1.2 and immerse myself in my own photography heaven, a system I know, a big VF, a fast manual lens and lighting I have to adapt to.

There is going to be a lot of passionate Pentaxians jumping all over this camera when it comes out. Been a long wait.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 13, 2015 at 02:00 UTC
On article Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database (141 comments in total)
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ozturert: I'm impressed with the fact that there still exist people who say "I see no point in spending money on a MF camera which has a smaller sensor than real MFs. Real MFs have ... sensor".
Go and buy whatever you like. Why whining here? Trying to prove something? This is the king of price/performance cameras with excellent body, DSLRlike ergonomics, good UI, state-of-the-art AF system and nice lenses (not the best, but still very good). If you like bigger sensors, go and buy a camera with a bigger sensor and use them.

I took pictures with one at a camera shop and as a K-5II user it was easy to grab the camera and just use it like a DSLR, just a bit bigger. Easy to handle and the images it produces are just stunning. https://www.facebook.com/HCEHouston/posts/10152304643187757

Direct link | Posted on Nov 18, 2014 at 04:06 UTC

Not sure I understand this lens - and at that price. Minimum speed at this point in the life of Ricoh/Pentax should be f4. If it was f4 the speed comments would be gone, the zoom range comments would be less and the cost comments would be a hell of a lot less. The weather seals are a great thing and Pentax excels in that respect.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 30, 2014 at 01:21 UTC as 38th comment
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Kfrog: How about a medium format camera... for the masses?

Guess that will half to do.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 8, 2014 at 03:48 UTC

How about a medium format camera... for the masses?

Direct link | Posted on Oct 7, 2014 at 02:51 UTC as 594th comment | 2 replies
On photo Taurus 1911 in the ~ GUNS ~ challenge (2 comments in total)

Well done photo. Nice gun too!

Direct link | Posted on Aug 31, 2014 at 03:07 UTC as 1st comment
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (686 comments in total)
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nicolaiecostel: What's the flash synch speed ? Oh dear .. Several times slower than the competition. How many modern lenses can you buy off the shelf for it ? Several times less than the competition. The price has a reason.

I don't think lack of modern lenses will be an issue for most MF photographers. MF is typically a slower process where composition and precise focus are more important. Hopefully in time Pentax will produce additional glass but in the meantime quality lenses are available.

Direct link | Posted on May 26, 2014 at 12:42 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (686 comments in total)
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historianx: Which leads to this question: how come there's no Medium Format forum on DPR? Or one for Hassy, or P1, or Mamyiya/Leaf?

Now that's a good question. I kind of wondered that myself.

Direct link | Posted on May 16, 2014 at 17:56 UTC
On article Hands on with the Pentax 645Z (686 comments in total)

What a fantastic camera. Got to hand it to Ricoh, so far they are doing most things right with the Pentax brand. Sure is good to see.

Direct link | Posted on Apr 16, 2014 at 03:22 UTC as 122nd comment
On article Pictures emerge showing widely-leaked Fujfilm 'X-T1' (373 comments in total)
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Babka08: I love the carefully crafted marketing progression of... rumour... leak... preview... then, wait for it... full review. And the entire time, DPR has the camera sitting on a desk in their head office. Savvy.

That's a lot of dials if you like dials. Kind of 1960's Beechcraft cockpit. They'll probably kick hard at the nf and em1 and maybe even the nex alpha whatever they're called now.

"pure photography". Chuckle!

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 01:47 UTC

Seems like a practical solution. I'll be curious to see how much it sells for here in the States assuming they plan on marketing it here.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 25, 2014 at 01:39 UTC as 10th comment
On article Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera (919 comments in total)

Fujifilm is really rollin' isn't it? Got to give them credit for all the buzz they're created with the X system.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 21, 2014 at 14:10 UTC as 46th comment
On article Fujifilm to release X100S in solid black (25 comments in total)

Fuji us just temping me and temping me. Wish I had some money.

Direct link | Posted on Jan 11, 2014 at 04:02 UTC as 2nd comment
On Pentax MX-1 (19 comments in total)

I'll give serious consideration for my small camera needs.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 31, 2013 at 04:03 UTC as 15th comment
On Preview:pentax-k-3 (959 comments in total)
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Cameron R Hood: Pentax is doomed....

I don't think the smaller companies are doomed. It's going to be tougher for them sure, but Pentax is still well respected and offers some unique quality products.

Posted on Oct 8, 2013 at 02:19 UTC
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