What, No Pentax 645 Digital Pro SLR?

Pentax 645 Digital

It appears that Pentax has shelved its planned production of the professional level 645 Digital SLR which was touted to carry 18- or 31.6-megapixel Kodak sensor and be compatible with existing Pentax SMC 645 lenses.

The Japanese newspaper Nikkei reports that Pentax plans to “abandon the development of medium format single-lens reflex cameras designed for professional photographers and specialize in digital SLR offerings for new and intermediate users.”

Kyodo News also reported the same bit of news, quoting an unnamed Pentax official who said the company is “also considering ending the development of digital SLR cameras, designed for professional photographers. It will instead focus on developing new digital cameras for general consumers.”

Might as well. By concentrating on sure sellers like the K10D and K100D right now, Pentax just might continue its financial recovery. Its moves to consolidate its resources are already showing positive growth for the company.

[Via: AmateurPhotographer.co.uk]

Chris Malinao

About Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.

One thought on “What, No Pentax 645 Digital Pro SLR?

  1. David GriffinDavid Griffin

    What a shock! They woulda been the low priced competitor to the Blad and Mamiya ownership of the market. It woulda made it possible for smaller studios to get into larger format digital. I guess they feel comfortable with the size and quality of 35mm dslr sensors.


TV studio show promo photo 1950s WCKT camera cameraman NBC channel 7 picture
TV studio show promo photo 1950s WCKT camera cameraman NBC channel 7
Century no.7 studio camera. Antique. picture
Century no.7 studio camera. Antique.
Vintage WESTINGHOUSE Studio One CAMERA LIGHT picture
Vintage WESTINGHOUSE Studio One CAMERA LIGHT
Century Studio Camera 4A 8x10 FOLMER GRAFLEX CORP ROCHESTER NY lens ILEX optical picture
Century Studio Camera 4A 8x10 FOLMER GRAFLEX CORP ROCHESTER NY lens ILEX optical
PHILIPS LDH-1 STUDIO CAMERA -USED PULL - IRIS SERVO CONTROL / PULSE SHAPER BOARD picture
PHILIPS LDH-1 STUDIO CAMERA -USED PULL - IRIS SERVO CONTROL / PULSE SHAPER BOARD