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Pentax US offers mail-in rebates on 645D medium-format DSLR and lenses

By dpreview staff on Mar 11, 2013 at 18:37 GMT

Pentax US has announced mail-in rebates on its 645D medium-format DSLR and select Limited series lenses when purchased with the K-5 IIs DSLR. Buyers of the 645D body will receive a free D-FA 55mm lens and $500 rebate on the purchase of the D-FA 25mm and HD 90mm lens. Those buying the K-5IIs camera body will receive a $250 rebate on the purchase of FA 31mm, 43mm and 77mm lenses. The rebates can be claimed from March 11th through March 31st 2013 and will be paid in the form of a Visa gift card..


Press Release:

PENTAX Announces Rebates on the Highly Acclaimed 645D System as well as on select Limited Lenses when purchased with its Flagship DSLR, the K-5 IIs

Save Up to $2,199.95 on the 645D System and up to $750 on Select Lenses with the Purchase of a K-5 IIs Camera Body

Denver, CO (March, 11 2013) — In conjunction with the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International Expo (WPPI) taking place at the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NV, March 11-13, 2013 PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION, is pleased to announce consumer mail-in rebates on its renowned 645D medium-format system as well as select Limited series lenses when bundled with its flagship series of DSLR, the K-5 IIs. The rebates, valid from March 11th through March 31st 2013, range from $250 to $500.

Photographers who purchase a 645D camera body will receive a free D-FA 55mm lens and a  $500 PENTAX VISA® PREPAID CARD on the purchase of the D-FA 25mm and HD 90mm lens when purchased at the same time as the body, for a total savings of up to $1,000. Additionally, consumers who purchase the K-5IIs camera body will receive a $250 PENTAX VISA® PREPAID CARD on the purchase of FA 31mm, 43mm and 77mm Limited series lenses when purchased at the same time as the body for a combined savings of up to $750.

“We are pleased to offer significant savings on our cameras and lenses in conjunction with the Wedding and Portrait Photographer International show,” said John Carlson, Sr. Marketing Manager, PENTAX. “Photographers can purchase the complete 645D system for significantly less than most other medium format bodies, and the Limited lenses offered with the K-5IIs are some of the sharpest built for portrait photography.”

The rebate will be paid in the form of a Visa gift card which can be used anywhere Visa is accepted. For consumers to receive their PENTAX Visa Prepaid Card, they simply purchase a qualifying PENTAX product between March 11th 2013 and March 31st, 2013 and mail in the completed rebate form, the original or copy of their receipt for the purchase(s), and the original UPC barcodes(s) from the package of each qualifying product.

To print a mail-in rebate form, visit: http://pentaximaging.com/special-offers/

For more information about the PENTAX 645D visit: http://www.pentaximaging.com/medium-format/645D.  To learn more about the K-5IIs visit: http://www.pentaximaging.com/dslr/K-5_IIs . To see PENTAX’s full line up of lenses, including those eligible for mail-in rebate visit: http://www.pentaximaging.com/camera-lenses/about

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Mar 19, 2013)

D800E with Nikkor 85/1.4G and the new Sigma 1.4 DG HSM A (stopped down a little) are going to be as good or better as anything on 645D I suspect, even at base ISO (of course it kills Pentax at speed).

But then there are those DP1m, DP2m, DP3m.

Paying 10K for a body and then more for nice lenses is so last decade. ;)

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Teila Day
By Teila Day (Mar 22, 2013)

The D88e comes close, and for most photographers will make better financial sense than buying a MF body + lenses and accessories- however, do not be fooled into thinking that the D800e is on par with a MF camera because it is not.

Close enough for most work, but there are many areas where the D800 doesn't even come close. Shooting a water skier from the back of a boat while you're plugged into a strobe or two... The D800 is restricted to 1/250 sync... a Mamiy/Phase set up with leaf shutter lens can give you over 1/1000 shutter speed while you're plugged into a 3200ws pack.

In a case like that (and that's just one example) the difference between the D800 (and the slow sync speed of the Pentax for that matter) and a MF body like the Hy6 or Phase/Mamiya will be night and day.

The difference will also show its colours when you start processing the file. The MF file can stand more "abuse" :)

That said- I'd opt for the D800 hands down over the Pentax... but not other MF systems.

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chinster
By chinster (11 months ago)

Interesting, I was thinking about the d800 sync restriction when I was debating between Nikon and 645D. Found out about Pocketwizard hypersync, and realized I could get 1/8000 speed with the D800 and about $150 when it was synced with my Elinchrom Ranger A/S. Am really glad I went with the D800 in the end.

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mandm
By mandm (Mar 13, 2013)

A 20 day Rebate!!!
March 31st is the end of the fiscal year for Pentax USA, someone there must have just noticed how far sales are off for these items and they need to get them out of their warehouse by the end of the month.

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skortch
By skortch (Mar 12, 2013)

I find myself wondering why Pentax would be pushing old full-frame FA Limited lenses, rather than DA Limited or DA*? Not that I object (love my 77) but it just seems a little odd...

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abortabort
By abortabort (Mar 13, 2013)

I think it is a nod to a potential FF Pentax? First the lens rebates are on FA (full frame) lenses, purchased with their top of the line crop body. Maybe saying buy a K-5IIs now and get the FF lenses cheaper for the upgrade to FF later in the year?

Then the price drops on 645D, which is their current pro system.

Or maybe they are just having sales on some of their older high end stuff, who knows!

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Ben O Connor
By Ben O Connor (Mar 12, 2013)

A Rugged all weather sealed 645 camera, with a serious full fiilled 40 mpx. what else i would ever wish to have?

Answer: a budget to invest :(

Sometimes i just want to quit my job, want to take a loan and put this in to in the middle of a square, and then built "my studio" around it. I so much wish to do my own job as a pro fotographer ...

Damn it, why i a just an ameteur fotographer with my P&S camera .... :(

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yabokkie
By yabokkie (Mar 12, 2013)

D800 + standard zooms and f/1.8 primes should be way better.

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Revenant
By Revenant (Mar 12, 2013)

For low-light photography and high DR, absolutely. But not for studio work at base ISO, where 645D should be better in terms of resolution and micro-contrast.

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abortabort
By abortabort (Mar 13, 2013)

Yeah ok sure ;)

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Paul Guba
By Paul Guba (Mar 13, 2013)

I considered the 645D but lack of tethered support for studio shooting made it a no go. Not sure if that changed. Saw nice side by side D800 and HD60 the HD60 was better of course but not by as much as you would think.

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iudex
By iudex (Mar 12, 2013)

This rebate indicates that the 645D will soon finish and just like rumours say the successor is on the way (should come in September).

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maxnoy
By maxnoy (Mar 12, 2013)

645D has got to be one of the best deals in digital these days.

4 upvotes
Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Mar 12, 2013)

Do I also get MIR on Ferrari LaFerrari? Hopefully it is not just $100,000 off on the 458.

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mas54
By mas54 (Mar 12, 2013)

So, if you want to buy this camera that is 3x the cost of a D800E, you get no cash rebate? What a great deal.

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Silvarum
By Silvarum (Mar 12, 2013)

*sarcasm mode on* Yeah, and Hasselblad H5D-40 costs 6 times more than D800E (and shoots just 1.1 fps). Who in the right mind would want one of those? *sarcasm mode off*
Come on, are you really that naive to compare cameras only by Mpix count?

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dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 12, 2013)

3X the price of D800E is way too much for a 1/2.3" sensored camera.

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rgs_45
By rgs_45 (Mar 12, 2013)

645 is a medium format camera and has a much bigger sensor that ff camera.
Medium Format - 48 mm × 36 mm
Full Frame - 36 x 24mm

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Rick Knepper
By Rick Knepper (Mar 11, 2013)

PENTAX Announces Rebates on the Highly Acclaimed 645D System as well as on select Limited Lenses when purchased with its Flagship DSLR, the K-5 IIs

Unless I am reading this wrong, this statement does not seem to jive with the actual rebate verbiage on the website. These two cameras serve very different markets and seems illogical to tie the purchase of one to the other.

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Maxfield_photo
By Maxfield_photo (Mar 12, 2013)

Methinks someone forgot to proofread the title. Actually buying the K5IIs gets you a rebate on the K-mount FA Limiteds when purchased at the same time. Buying the 645D gets you a rebate on the 645-mount DA 25mm or DFA 90mm macro, and a free 645 DA 55mm.

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Almeida
By Almeida (Mar 12, 2013)

Posted in the wrong place. DPR you need to fix this bug.

Comment edited 39 seconds after posting
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wlachan
By wlachan (Mar 11, 2013)

I don't trust MIR.

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love_them_all
By love_them_all (Mar 12, 2013)

MIR is a thing of the past. Instant rebate!

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dpLarry
By dpLarry (Mar 12, 2013)

I don't trust myself with mail in rebates.

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offertonhatter
By offertonhatter (Mar 11, 2013)

Shame it is only US and not here in blighty, as I like the idea of a K-5 IIs and SMC-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited. Oh well, I will stick to my K-5 and DA* lenses...

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Paul Guba
By Paul Guba (Mar 11, 2013)

Pentax have any new additions to the platform recently? Wondering if it will continue.

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rb59020
By rb59020 (Mar 11, 2013)

http://photorumors.com/2013/03/10/pentax-rumored-to-announce-several-new-dslrs-and-a-new-compact-aps-c-camera/

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Andrew Elliott
By Andrew Elliott (Mar 11, 2013)

All fine, fine photographic gear.

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