New 645 lenses roadmap signals (once again) the death of "FF" dreams

Started Feb 10, 2012 | Discussions thread
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New 645 lenses roadmap signals (once again) the death of "FF" dreams

No intention to start a flame war but it seems that Pentax will accelerate greatly the design and production of new modern/essential zooms for 645D and its successor(s). From one lens in 2012 and another one in 2013 and 2014 they switched to one in 2012 and 3 in 2013 (or later). There is also a big sign that the new zooms will be less expensive and smaller/lighter: contrary to the previous map the focal ranges was reduced making the lenses easier to design and manufacture.

IMO that means that Ricoh will lower the price for the 645 system even further and give it a much greater priority than "FF". Most likely we will see a "budget" 645D pretty soon to fight D800 and whatever new camera Canon has.

The new roadmap is here:

The old one (Hoya plans last year) is here:

Radu

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