Itâ€™s been a long while coming, but the Pentax 645 â€“ first announced in March 2005 â€“ looks set to finally see the light of day. Pentax says the 645D digital medium-format camera will be available in May 2010, finally.
The 645D features a 40-megapixel Kodak sensor (compared to 18 megapixels when it was first announced), SAFOX IX+ autofocus system with 11 sensor points, weather-proof body, dual SD/SDHC card slots and a glass prism viewfinder.
Pentax said the 645D has been developed to provide super-high-resolution images produced by large image sensors â€” something previously available only on professional models â€” to serious landscape and outdoor photographers. The company adds that Pentax 645 combines exceptional image quality with excellent maneuverability and outstanding reliability to simplify professional-level outdoor shooting.
It will be available initially only in Japan for about $9,500. In addition to the 645D body, Pentax will also launch the D-FA 645 55mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM AW lens, which is equivalent to 43.5mm in the 35mm format and will cost about $1,100.