Pentax 645Z price drop to $5,500 - new model soon?

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Josh Leavitt
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Pentax 645Z price drop to $5,500 - new model soon?
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Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo... There's been a $1,500 price drop on the 645Z across the board. A lot of people anticipated the new 100MP 44x33 Sony sensor would be making its way into a new version. A 2018 release would fit the 4 year interval schedule of the previous 645 models, but could it possibly be announced at PhotoPlus Expo later this month? Ricoh/Pentax has an exhibition booth at the event, so maybe. I don't follow Pentax too much, so please feel free to share if you've heard anything.

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agukha Regular Member • Posts: 107
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I've heard it's only a (big) temporary promotion, but I believe the next camera on the line to appear will be a "K3iii" (or K2, or whatever the name  ), I have not read rumors on a medium format successor for the moment.

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Josh Leavitt wrote:

Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo... There's been a $1,500 price drop on the 645Z across the board. A lot of people anticipated the new 100MP 44x33 Sony sensor would be making its way into a new version. A 2018 release would fit the 4 year interval schedule of the previous 645 models, but could it possibly be announced at PhotoPlus Expo later this month? Ricoh/Pentax has an exhibition booth at the event, so maybe. I don't follow Pentax too much, so please feel free to share if you've heard anything.

great I will order  two   right  away ?????????  who cares?? anyone at all

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Edymagno Veteran Member • Posts: 3,449
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Still a true IQ devil.

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Teila Day
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tom1234567 wrote:

Josh Leavitt wrote:

Adorama, Amazon, B&H Photo... There's been a $1,500 price drop on the 645Z across the board. A lot of people anticipated the new 100MP 44x33 Sony sensor would be making its way into a new version. A 2018 release would fit the 4 year interval schedule of the previous 645 models, but could it possibly be announced at PhotoPlus Expo later this month? Ricoh/Pentax has an exhibition booth at the event, so maybe. I don't follow Pentax too much, so please feel free to share if you've heard anything.

great I will order two right away ????????? who cares?? anyone at all

More than just a few people who shoot the 645z or film medium format Pentax who may wish to either add a digital model to their kit for a relatively cheap price, or those who may be interested in adding a second 645z body at a relatively low price.

I also care and like to keep an eye on the MF market.

jimboyvr Senior Member • Posts: 1,404
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Edymagno wrote:

Still a true IQ devil.

More than Nikon 850 at 2k cheaper?

peterpainter Regular Member • Posts: 441
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jimboyvr wrote:

Edymagno wrote:

Still a true IQ devil.

More than Nikon 850 at 2k cheaper?

Kind of a sore point in some quarters, that one. If you haven't been reading the 'oh gosh scores 100' feedback you may have missed that the 645z was apparently rated at 101 by DXO some time ago, then the rating 'disappeared' and the 'test was never finished' (which DXO say is why the rating isn't there in some of their responses - you'll find links in the comments on that thread if you're really interested!) Conspiracy theories abound, and tbh it mystifies me too. Yes, I use Pentax, but not the 645z.

Still, a link to a snapshot , and of course, what difference 1 point on DXO makes other than conferring bragging rights is anybody's guess!

*edited to add - from all reports, though, yes the 645z IQ is great, but it isn't something I'd consider buying and neither is the D850 - both of them are far too expensive for me.

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jimboyvr wrote:

Edymagno wrote:

Still a true IQ devil.

More than Nikon 850 at 2k cheaper?

I have no means to know. For someone wanting the creamier quality of a bigger modern and contemporary sensor, I think it's a good opportunity to make it beyond 35.

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