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Just published - a quick Pentax 645D sample gallery

By dpreview staff on Nov 16, 2011 at 20:33 GMT

Just Posted: A few weeks back we spent a little time with the Pentax 645D - just long enough to grab a small gallery of 'real world' samples using the FA 645 55mm F2.8 standard lens. The 40 megapixel 645D, which took an unprecedented 5 years to progress from announcement to production, is the company's first digital medium format camera. We wanted to see how practical it was to use the 645D 'in the field' as a replacement for a smaller sensor SLR, and - aside from an aching shoulder after a day of lugging it around - we were pretty impressed with what we saw. Until we get the 645D back into the studio to complete our testing, check out our quick 24-shot gallery after the link (or click here to jump straight to the gallery page).

Pentax 645D Preview Samples - Published 16th November 2011

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Nov 16, 2011)

AMAZING image quality. I am curious how a 40 MP 35mm Full Frame camera will stack out against this. Can the best Nikon and Canon glass come anywhere close? Even when shot wide open at f/2.8, the lens still impresses.

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d3xmeister
By d3xmeister (Nov 16, 2011)

I am blown away. ALL DSLR's look like cr@p now. ALL. Imagine what can be achieved from RAW.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Nov 17, 2011)

But a number of those images are converted from RAW! :)

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Nov 16, 2011)

I just wish Pentax made some "simple" (cheaper) version of this. Ideal would be mirrorless tho.. or rangefinder. I wouldnt need even 40 mpix.. 22 or around is enough..

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JackM
By JackM (Nov 17, 2011)

This is the cheap version. You haven't priced MF bodies, obviously.

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Mescalamba
By Mescalamba (Nov 18, 2011)

Compared to other MF backs, sure. But its not exactly within reach of most ppl. Pretty much as SD-1 or D3X.

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Andreas Roca
By Andreas Roca (Nov 16, 2011)

They took their time but they did it right. My word, that resolution is just incredible. An aspirational camera and an object of desire...

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ZAnton
By ZAnton (Nov 16, 2011)

Technically perfect. Practically useless for all but few.

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MrPetkus
By MrPetkus (Nov 16, 2011)

Wow. DoF is crazy. Too bad the pores of the mother's nose are in the same focal plane as the child's eyes in image IMGP0198-ACR...

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Muzz
By Muzz (Nov 16, 2011)

Regrading camera availability for reviews I would be very surprised if DP Review had requested a camera from Pentax for enough time for a full review that Pentax would refuse such a request. I also purchased a full compliment of older Pentax 645 lenses for my 645D and have been very impressed with the quality of all of the earlier glass, have even been able to purchase a 645 mount Hartblei T/S lens which also gives great results. If possible DP Review should get hold of some of these earlier lenses as part of a full review.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Nov 16, 2011)

In which case, you'll be surprised.

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Jarda_Houdek
By Jarda_Houdek (Nov 17, 2011)

Pentax is known not to supply and treat reviewers well. Dpreview wouldn't be alone in this. Some other well established camera review web sites only get Pentaxes borrowed from pentax fans, because the Pentax company doesn't care about publicity.

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dsm6
By dsm6 (Nov 16, 2011)

I almost wish I hadn't viewed these samples in full size. The resolution is unreal.

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Robert Hoffman
By Robert Hoffman (Nov 16, 2011)

Wow - heavenly bokeh! Smooth and creamy. Awesome IQ.

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aeolos
By aeolos (Nov 16, 2011)

pretty crazy quality.. the camera has been in the image/iso comparison tool for quite a long time and the quality is really really good : )

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Muzz
By Muzz (Nov 16, 2011)

Finally, some further testing on the 645D. I hope this means a full review soon. DP Review have been remiss not fully reviewing the 645D when it was first released. I own a 645D and love the IQ. It is slow to process images given the huge file size & Pentax should do something about thethering, but some of this can be forgiven given the IQ & price.

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Nov 16, 2011)

645Ds were not available for the lengths of time needed for a full review when they were first launched - hence we were only able to shoot the studio comparison.

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645D
By 645D (Nov 16, 2011)

Is DPR gonna make a first full review on an MF camera? Can't wait to see a comparison with top 35mm DSLRs, since there are in close price range.

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RonHendriks
By RonHendriks (Nov 16, 2011)

So there will be an indepth review?

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Nov 17, 2011)

What is up with the review chain at dpreview these days? You've had a 645D in the studio for ages and ages, there were some test shots a year back, now you finally come out with a sample gallery for some reason. And no formal review. Not that the market would be swayed one way or the other, but it would be fun to see.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Nov 17, 2011)

Actually we had it for a few days a while back. These are from then. I just didn't get time to produce this gallery

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D1N0
By D1N0 (Nov 16, 2011)

want!

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Robert Hoffman
By Robert Hoffman (Nov 16, 2011)

Me want, too.

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Simon Joinson
By Simon Joinson (Nov 16, 2011)

i must admit, after using it I kinda want, too....

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Matthew Miller
By Matthew Miller (Nov 17, 2011)

Oh no! It's reviewer bias! You're not supposed to like this stuff! :)

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Richard Murdey
By Richard Murdey (Nov 17, 2011)

I actually had one in my hands for the first time just last week. It's surprisingly light for its size, and handles extremely well. Not nearly as clunky as I was expecting.

Off limits simply because is costs so much, and, frankly, if "the best camera is the one you have with you" then the D645 is the worst because I'd never actually go anywhere with it.

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Jarda_Houdek
By Jarda_Houdek (Nov 17, 2011)

For that case the Q is probably the best Pentax :-)

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gazonk
By gazonk (Nov 17, 2011)

Richard: You would never actually go anywhere with it - because of weight and size, or because it's so expensive?

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rfsIII
By rfsIII (Nov 18, 2011)

In the olden days people used to travel the world with Pentax 645s and Hasselblads, and other medium-format cameras (and for that matter with 11x14 view cameras). Are you saying that today's photographers are wimps? What makes this camera less portable than a Mamiya RB67 and a couple of bricks of film?

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