I will google for HD bikini candids in Dubai now....
dosdan: In the sample images at http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.uk/en/medium-format-digital/images/samples/PENTAX-645-Z.html
Photo #12 of 12. The detail in the ceiling is impressive when viewed full size.
Dear Ricoh UK hire some photographer that can take decent pictures to give justice to this camera
EssexAsh: wow the sensor in these things is so small. I'll stick with my 60mm x 60mm film thanks. A brand new sensor every time i wind on.
Absolutely, the cost is in the time, not the film.
John C Tharp: The only thing that's got me is the 1/125 sync speed for the camera's shutter- that's going to detract from some of the functionality of the system. Pentax has manufactured leaf-shutter lenses for 645 before, apparently, so I'd hope to see some 1/500+ sync speeds made available for studio use.
Otherwise, I hope that Pentax has lenses/upgrades that are worthy of the SAFOX 11 AF system, at least to the point of trying to keep up with the 5D III and D800E. This thing needs to be a wedding camera among all else.
agreed, it is a bit of a pain. If you need it for specific situations only you can get some old leaf shutter lenses for it and sink I believe at 1/800. Or get the dedicated flash with high speed sync.
TFD: 37,000 vs 8500 is not a order of magnitude
you are right, thanks for the correction!
phoenix15: Most obviously, no Ricoh badge on the back that was complained by hardcore pentaxians. If one read K-3 review in page 4, DPR even wrote: "The real changes are on the back, and we're not talking about the 'Ricoh' logo on the K-3." :)
Apparently, Ricoh do listen to the fans. This 645z is truly a winner in MP league.And maybe pro FF shooter will give some credit to this machine. I am curious to see the image quality compared to Nikon D4s or Nikon D800e, or Canon 1DX.
Hope DPR will review it faster than what they did to Pentax K-3
the original D sensor is far more capable that ISO 400. I am looking forward seeing samples, I hope the CMOS does not compromises the gorgeous rendition of the CCD at base ISO. I already have other cameras doing exceptionally well at hight ISO. I want something exceptionally good at low ISO.
Earthlight: What is the widest lens for this system?
do not look at the price though...
Artistico: The old 645D is no slouch either, and comparing it to 35mm full-frame DSLRs, it still holds its own rather well. It will be nice to see what kind of image improvements are under the hood of this one.
By the way, with that kind of price for what is a camera with a sensor basically half as big as the 645 format, wouldn't it be possible to get one that actually was full-frame similarly priced to the Hasselblad? now, that would be game-changing!
Anyway, I really like the Pentax cameras. I was seriously considering splurging out on a 645D a while back, but I'm still waiting for that elusive lottery win so I know I can afford it...
Agreed, the D800E is a far more flexible camera, and for somebody that matters more. Just like many give up a ff from a 3/4 or crop system for portability.These photographers shooting with Hassy and Phase One must be retards ;-)
tinetz: Some nice additional info:http://www.camera-pentax.jp/645z/en/
@falconeyes, there is more in shooting a MF than just numbers. Just like shooting with a crop sensor and a FF 35mm
hexxthalion: I wish that Pentax captures new customers, they need to update older lenses to current day standards though. Interesting offering indeed, although I have a hard time believing that current Hassy/PhaseOne owners would switch - see it more as a new customer base, new customers to MF world.
I agree with Rollipoli. Probably the dedicated optics are superior, but my old film lenses+645D outperform easily my canon+L. Chromatic aberration is the main issue, but generally the least of the worries in digital post processing.
Simon97: What are the advantages of the larger sensor? Some I can think of:
Larger Pixels for low noise. The old 645D wasn't that impressive at high ISOs, but this new sensor sounds very interesting.
Smaller DOF for artistic effects. Hopefully Pentax designed the new lenses carefully concerning Bokeh quality.
Smaller apertures before diffraction blurring is noticeable.
Probably others I'm not thinking of.
I think the original 645D was still good at iso 800 and not bad if well exposed at iso 1600. Far better than the equivalent Hasselblad. Opinion of a sport photographer shooting with a 1DX. I think the only true letdown of the original was the very slow playback and write speed, if you are on a moderately fast paced photoshoot. Alternating with a DSLR helps in maintaining the beat and for tuning.
Waterengineer: Since the new camera is about 15-percent less in cost than the former model, how long will it be before we see incredible downward price pressure on the older model?
being a unique product I think the old model will come down a bit but it will plateau somewhere not dirt cheap. The original 5D did the same until FF 35mm became widespread.
Absolutic: how much bigger is the sensor vs the normal 36mm by 24mm full frame sensor?
@gsum thanks I did not remember the exact size. However the FF 35mm aspect ratio is generally less optimal generally prone to cropping.
HarrieD7000: As soon as I need pictures the size of my house, I'll consider to buy this camera. Till that time comes I will stay with a normal DSLR.I do think this is a great camera for a good price.
you better stick with your D7000 1/4 of size sensor then
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.
I still do not understand how is it possible that in a site of this relevance there is not image comparison from the 1DX. There cannot be any excuse to this, especially considering there the D4 and D4s are present.
davids8560: So many exciting innovations from what some might label lesser stars, yet the two most prominent camps retain the most widespread allegiance.
these low end DSLR are also part of an ecosystem that this fuji can only dream of.
working with such a large film is a dream, yet the workflow is probably too much for most of us out there shooting these days, or simply undesirable or too costly.
Donnie G: Now this is the kick ass Pentax that I've been waiting for. Not some wannabe medium format pretender dressed in FF 35mm clothes, but the real deal at an enthusiast accessible price point. Ricoh! You done good baby!
pretty much, yet about twice a FF 35mm and much more favourable aspect ratio
Dave Luttmann: Looks like Pentax, Nikon and Sony are the cameras of choice for high rez and high DR needs.
The current 645D CCD from Kodak is probably not the same, still impresses me though. I love its output compared to my 1DX and 5D MKIII