Tuesday, March 9, 2010

It didn't take long for the Pentax 645D to be announced. Available in May in Japan...$9,500.00 to $10,000.00 USD.

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Hi Pentaxian friends.

Well...it didn't take long for Pentax to introduce the 645D. It's everywhere on the Internet. It is absolutely beautiful. I wish I had the money to get one. Once again, the little company that could...has done it again. All current 645 AF lenses will work and can easily be put back in production.

Here are some of the specifications:

Camera Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure medium format digital SLR camera

       • 40 million effective pixels
       • 40.1 million total pixels
       • 44 x 33 mm CCD sensor
       • 6.0 μm x 6.0 μm pixel size

Dynamic Range 11.5f - stops

Dust removal Image sensor cleaning function by supersonic vibration (DR II) with dust alert function

Image processor PRIME II

Image sizes
      • 7264 x 5440 pixels
      • 6528 x 4896 pixels
      • 5376 x 4032 pixels
      • 4224 x 3168 pixels
      • 3072 x 2304 pixels

Image formats (Still)
      • JPEG (EXIF 2.21) - Best / Better / Good
      • RAW (PEF or DNG)

Lens mount • Pentax 645AF2 bayonet mount

      • Usable lenses: Pentax 645AF2, 645AF, and 645A mount lenses

Focusing TTL phase difference detection, 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX IX+)

Focus modes
      • AF Single
      • AF Continuous
      • Manual focus

AF point selection
      • Select
      • Center
      • Auto

Metering modes
      • Multi-segment
      • Center-weighted average
      • Spot

       • TTL Open Aperture
       • 77- segment sensor
       • Metering range: EV 2 - 21 EV (ISO 200, 55 mm F2.8)

AE lock Yes

      • Auto (ISO 200-1000)
      • Boost (100,1600)
      • 1EV, 1/2EV, 1/3EV steps

Exposure compensation +/- 5.0 EV

      • Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter
      • 30 sec-1/4000
      • 1/3 or 1/2 EV steps
      • Flash X-Sync: 1/125 sec
      • Bulb

Preview function
      • Optical preview
      • Digital preview

White balance
      • Auto
      • Daylight
      • Shade
      • Cloudy
      • Fluorescent (D, N,W,L)
      • Tungsten
      • Flash
      • CTE
      • Manual (3 settings)
      • Color temperature (3 memories) with fine tuning

Custom image settings
      • Bright
      • Natural
      • Portrait
      • Landscape
      • Vibrant
      • Muted
      • Reversal Film
      • Monochrome

      • Trapezoid prism finder
      • 98% field of view
      • Magnification: approx 0.62x (with D FA645 55mmF2.8 at infinity), approx. 0.85x (with FA645     75mmF2.8 at infinity)
      • Diopter adjustment: -3.5 to +2.0m diopter
      • Natural Bright Matte focusing screen

External flash
      • Hot shoe
      • X-Sync socket
      • P-TTL
      • High-speed-sync, wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated external flash

Shooting modes
      • Program AE
      • Sensitivity priority
      • Shutter priority
      • Aperture priority
      • Shutter & Aperture priority
      • Metered Manual
      • Bulb
      • X-Speed

Drive modes
      • Single
      • Continuous Hi
      • Continuous Lo
      • Self-timer: 2 or 12 sec
      • Remote control: immediate, 3 sec delay
      • Remote Continuous Shooting
      • Exposure Bracketing
      • Extended Bracketing
      • Interval
      • Multiple Exposure

Continuous shooting Approx. 1.1 fps

LCD monitor
      • 3.0 " TFT LCD
      • 921,000 dots
      • Brightness level adjustment
      • Color adjustable

Playback features
      • Single image
      • 2, 4, 9, 16, 36, 81 thumbnail display
      • Enlargement (up to 32x, scroll available)
      • Image Rotation
      • Folder view
      • Slideshow
      • Histogram
      • Resize
      • Cropping
      • Bright/Dark area
      • Calendar view
      • Index view

Digital Filters (Playback Mode) Monochrome, Extract Color, Color, Base Tweaking, Soft

      • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
      • HDMI Type C mini
      • Video out NTSC/PAL
      • DC-IN

Storage SD / SDHC

      • Lithium-Ion D-LI90 rechargeable battery (supplied & charger)
      • Optional AC adapter

Dimensions 156 x 117 x 119 mm (6.1 x 4.6 x 4.7 in)

      • No battery: 1400g (49.4 oz)
      • With battery and 2 SD cards: 1480g (52.2 oz)


I will post more as I get more information.

Here's more...

1.Unprecedented image qualityi.Super-high-resolution images made possible by approximately 40 effective megapixels

The PENTAX 645D incorporates a high-performance CCD image sensor produced by Kodak. It measures 44mm by 33mm, and is approximately 1.7 times larger than its 35mm-format counterparts. Thanks to approximately 40 effective megapixels, it assures a wide dynamic range to faithfully reproduce the prevailing ambience and the sense of depth in super-high-resolution images that are rich in gradation and truthful in texture description. In order to bring out the full potential of the lens and the image sensor and assure the highest level of image-resolving power, the CCD unit is designed with no low-pass filters.

ii.High-performance, high-speed PRIME II imaging engine

The PENTAX 645D features the acclaimed, PENTAX-original PRIME (PENTAX Real Image Engine) II as its imaging engine. Thanks to its high-speed data-processing capacity and new algorithm exclusively programmed for medium-format digital SLR cameras, this high-performance imaging engine produces super-high-quality images rich in gradation and faithful in color reproduction, while allowing speedy data transmission of large-volume image data — even RAW-format images as large as some 50MB per file.

iii.14-bit A/D converter for faithful conversion of image data to digital signals

The PENTAX 645D features a high-performance A/D converter, which faithfully converts the large volume of analog image data output by the large CCD image sensor to digital signals carrying an extensive amount of image data, including resolution and gradation.

2.Solid, maneuverable bodyThe PENTAX 645D’s main frame is made of lightweight but strong magnesium-steel alloy, while the chassis is made of diecast aluminum to minimize the expansion and extension caused by heat and also to optimize kinematic accuracy and thermal stability. The LCD panels — one on the camera’s top panel, another on the back panel — are covered with tempered glass plates for extra protection. The PENTAX 645D’s body is also designed to be a compact and highly maneuverable medium-format camera, despite the incorporation of such dependable features as a dust-proof, weather-resistant construction with 70 special seals, outstanding cold-resistant performance to assure solid operation at a temperature as low as –10°C, and a newly designed shutter unit with a top shutter speed of 1/4000 second that can withstand as many as 50,000 shutter releases.

3.Dual SD/SDHC memory card slotsThe PENTAX 645D has a pair of memory card slots for the recording of images on both SD and SDHC memory cards. This dual-slot design gives the photographer extra data-storage options: for instance, recorded images can be assigned to different cards according to recording format (such as RAW or JPEG), or one of the cards can be used as the backup of the other. The settings for each memory card slot can be easily made by dedicated button.

4.Dependable DR II mechanism to minimize dust spotsThe PENTAX 645D comes equipped with the highly dependable DR (Dust Removal) II mechanism, which effectively minimizes annoying dust spots on recorded images, even when the lenses are changed in dust-prone outdoor settings. By shifting UV/IR-cut filters placed in front of the CCD image sensor at supersonic speed using a piezoelectric element, this mechanism effectively and efficiently shakes dust off the image sensor. Thanks to the user-friendly dust-alert system, the photographer can check at a quick glance for dust adhering to the image sensor prior to the actual shooting.

5.Newly designed, high-precision 11-point wide-frame AF sensorThe PENTAX 645D’s new SAFOX IX + wide-frame autofocus system features 11 sensor points (with nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle) to assure the extra-high-precision focusing demanded of medium-format digital SLR cameras. To develop this sophisticated AF system, the entire optical system was redesigned, at the same time with the addition of the new functionality to analyze and make use of the light sources data in the field of view.

6.Advanced 77-segment multi-pattern meteringThe PENTAX 645D employs a state-of-the-art, 77-segment multi-pattern metering system to assure super-high-accuracy light metering. The exposure accuracy is further enhanced by collecting such additional data as image orientation (horizontal or vertical) and the distance to and magnification of the subject using the sensors installed inside the camera body, with the obtained data incorporated into exposure calculations.

7.Large, easy-to-see optical viewfinderIncorporated in the PENTAX 645D’s finder unit, a trapezoid-shaped glass prism not only assures an approximately 98% field of view, but also greatly contributes to the downsizing of the camera body. Coupled with a bright, easy-to-focus Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen, the PENTAX 645D’s viewfinder offers a large, clear view of the subject.

8.Custom Image function to create desired visual effects with easeThe PENTAX 645D’s Custom Image function lets the user easily control an image’s finishing touches to more precisely reflect the user’s creative intentions, or to more faithfully reproduce the ambience of the scene. The user can select one of eight modes, including the new Reversal Film mode designed to create images with the colors that are typical of reversal film. In addition, all parameters — such as saturation, hue, contrast, sharpness, key, and highlight/shadow contrast — can be easily adjusted to desired levels, so that the photographer can shoot images with great ease.

9.Versatile, multi-mode exposure system for faithful reproduction of creative intentionsi.Hyper Program function

The PENTAX 645D's Hyper Program function allows the user to instantly switch from Programmed AE mode to Shutter- or Aperture-Priority AE mode with a simple turn of the electric dials positioned around the grip. A single push of the green button shifts the exposure mode back to the original Programmed AE mode.

ii.Hyper Manual function

When shooting in the Metered Manual mode, the PENTAX 645D's Hyper Manual mode lets the user to instantly set the proper exposure for the subject with a single push of the green button.

iii.Sensitivity-Priority mode

The unique Sensitivity-Priority (Sv) mode automatically selects the optimum combination of aperture and shutter speed for the user-selected sensitivity. The sensitivity can be shifted swiftly by electronic dial on the back panel. The variable amount of the ISO could be configured to either 1/2 or 1/3 steps per click.

iv.Shutter/Aperture-Priority mode

Taking full advantage of the unique capability of digital cameras for the automatic shifting of sensitivity at any time, the Shutter/Aperture-Priority (TAv) mode automatically selects the most appropriate sensitivity for the user-selected aperture/shutter-speed combination. It allows the user to effortlessly experiment with a greater range of photographic expressions.

10.Large, easy-to-view 3.0-inch LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dotsPositioned on the camera’s back panel, a large 3.0-inch color LCD monitor with approximately 921,000 dots provides a clear, bright view of onscreen images and menus. Since its wide-view design allows quick, effortless confirmation of the monitor image from approximately 170 degrees both horizontally and vertically, the photographer has little difficulty shooting images from low and high angles. The LCD monitor is also treated with exclusive AR (Anti-Reflection) coating to minimize reflections on the screen, even in the outdoor locations under bright sunshine.

11.Long battery lifeThe PENTAX 645D is powered by a large-capacity, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which can capture approximately 800 images* when fully charged.

* Under testing conditions prescribed by PENTAX, when using a rechargeable D-LI90 lithium-ion battery with no flash.

12.Other featuresi.HDR (high dynamic range) function to create one composite image with an extra-wide gradation range from three images with different exposures

ii.Dynamic-Range Expansion function to compensate for both whitewashed (excessively overexposed) and blacked-out (excessively underexposed) areas

iii.Digital Level function for easy checking of the image’s levels

iv.Automatic compensation of distortion and lateral chromatic aberration (available in combination with the D FA 645- and FA 645- series lenses)

v.Versatile white-balance control system, including the CTE mode designed to emphasize the dominant color components of the captured images, which works especially well with such scene like sunset.

vi.Mirror shock/operation-noise reduction function to assure smooth, quiet operation of the mirror during shooting

vii.Attachment of copyright credits on recorded images

viii.Compatible with the SDM (Supersonic Direct-drive Motor) autofocus mechanism, designed to assure smooth, quiet operation using the supersonic motor installed inside SDM lenses

ix.HDMI terminal (for type C mini connectors) for high-resolution image data output

x.User-friendly, color-classified control buttons/switches, based on the color universal design concept

xi.PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 software package, including a RAW-data processing application (based on the popular SILKYPIX RAW-data processing engine developed by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory) and browser application

645D Specifications

Type TTL autofocus, auto-exposure medium format digital SLR camera

Effective Pixels approx. 40 megapixels

Image Sensor Total pixels approx. 40.01 megapixels

Type CCD with a primary color filter

Size 44mm x 33mm

Pixel size 6.0 μm x 6.0 μm

Dynamic Range 11.5f - stops

Recorded Pixels Still JPEG: L[40M]7264x5440 pixels, M[32M]6528x4896 pixels [21M]5376x4032 pixels,

S[13M]4224x3168 pixels [7M]3072x2304 pixels

RAW: [40M]7264x5440 pixels

Formats Still RAW(14 bit): (PEF/DNG), JPEG: (Best), (Better), (Good), RAW+JPEG: available

Recording file Format Still RAW (PEF/DNG), JPEG (Conforms to Exif 2.21),

Conforms to DCF (Design rule of Camera File system) 2.0


( Standard output sensitivity ) Auto:200-1000, Extension:100, 1600 (1EV steps or 1/2EV steps or 1/3EV steps)

Storage Media SD, SDHC memory card (Dual slot)

White Balance Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Fluorescent Light ( D, N, W, L), Tungsten Light, Flash, CTE, Manual setting 1, Manual setting 2, Manual setting 3, Color temperature setting (3 types) with WB fine adjustment

Custom Image Bright, Natural, Portrait, Landscape, Vibrant, Muted, Reversal Film, Monochrome

Viewfinder Type Trapezoid prism finder

Focusing screen Natural-Bright-Matte focusing screen

Field of view approx. 98%

Diopter adjustment approx. -3.5 - +2.0m-1

Magnification approx. 0.62 x (with D FA645 55mmF2.8 at infinity),

approx. 0.85 x (with FA645 75mmF2.8 at infinity)

Monitor Type TFT color LCD monitor, Wide angle view, Brightness adjustable, Color adjustable, AR Coating, Reinforced glass

Size 3.0 inch

Dots approx. 921,000 dots

Preview Method Optical preview, Digital preview

Playback 1 Image, 2 Image, 4 Image, 9 Image, 16 Image, 36 Image, 81 Image, Enlargement (up to 32X, scroll available), Image Rotation, Folder view, Slideshow, Histogram, Resize, Cropping, Bright/Dark area, Calendar view, Index view

Digital Filter Playback Mode Monochrome, Extract Color, Color, Base Tweaking, Soft

Focusing System Type TTL phase difference detection, 11-point autofocus system (SAFOX IX+)

Focus Mode AF-single, AF-continuous

Focus Point Auto, Select, Center

Superimpose available

Exposure Control Metering System TTL open-aperture 77-segment metering

Metering Mode (1) Multi-segment metering, (2) Center-weighted metering, (3) Spot metering

Exposure Range EV 2-21 (at Standard Output Sensitivity 200 with 55mmF2.8)

Modes (1) Program AE, (2) Sensitivity-Priority AE, (3) Shutter-Priority AE, (4) Aperture-Priority AE, (5) Shutter and Aperture Priority AE, (6) Metered Manual, (7) Bulb, (8) X speed


Compensation ±5EV

AE Lock availiable

Shutter Shutter Type Electronically controlled vertical-run focal plane shutter

Shutter Speed Auto:1/4000 - 30 sec, Manual:1/4000 - 30 sec (1/3 EV steps or 1/2 EV steps), bulb

Drive Modes Single-frame, Continuous (Hi, Lo), Self-timer (12s, 2s), Remote control (0s, 3s ), Remote Continuous Shooting, Interval, Multiple Exposure, Exposure Bracketing, Extended Bracketing



approx. 1.1 fps, RAW(PEF)+JPEG(40M at ): until approx. 13 fps, RAW(PEF): until approx. 13 fps, RAW(DNG): until approx. 13 fps, JPEG(40M at ): until approx. 15 fps

Mirror Lock-up

shooting available by dedicated dial

Flash Synchronization Hot shoe, X-sync socket, sync-speed: 1/125 sec., P-TTL, high-speed-sync, wireless-sync with PENTAX dedicated external flash

Dust Removal Image sensor cleaning function by supersonic vibration (DR II) with dust alert function

Time World Time 75 cities (28 time zones)

Data Folder Folder Name Date (100_MMDD···), PENTX (100PENTX, 101PENTX···) ,

File Name Standard, User customize

Power Sources Rechargeable D-LI90 lithium-ion battery

Optional AC adapter also available.

Battery Life Number of

recordable images approx. 800 (23°C) *, approx. 700 (0°C), approx. 650 (-10°C)

Playback time approx. 440 minutes (23°C) *, approx. 400 minutes (0°C), approx. 380 minutes (-10°C)

Interfaces USB2.0 (Hi-Speed:mini B type), Video output (mini phone type), HDMI output (type C mini), DC input , Cable switch, X-sync socketc

Video Output Compatible with NTSC and PAL formats

Lens Mount PENTAX 645AF2 bayonet mount

Usable Lens PENTAX 645AF2, 645AF, and 645A mount lenses

Dimensions approx. 156(W) x 117(H) x 119(D)mm (6.1 x 4.6 x 4.7 inches)

Weight approx. 1480 g (52.2 oz.) loaded and ready with battery and two SD memory cards

approx. 1400 g (49.4 oz.) without battery and SD memory card.

Bundle software PENTAX Digital Camera Utility 4 (Ver.4.20)

* Recording capacity shows approximate number of shots recorded during CIPA-compliant testing. Actual performance may vary depending on operating conditions.

•PENTAX, 645D, and smc PENTAX are trademarks of HOYA CORPORATION.

•PENTAX Digital Camera Utility and SDM are trademarks of HOYA CORPORATION.

•This product supports PRINT Image Matching III. PRINT Image Matching enabled digital still cameras, printers and software help photographers to produce images more faithful to their intentions. Some functions are not available on printers that are not PRINT Image Matching III compliant.

Copyright 2001 Seiko Epson Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Print Image Matching is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.

The PRINT Image Matching logo is a trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.

•HDMI, the HDMI Logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC.

•All other brands or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

•Designs and specifications are subjects to change without notice.

Thanks for reading,

Yvon Bourque


ED said...

Very Nice, Not something I will probably ever be able to own but it is good to see Pentax continuing with the medium format in a DSLR. Thanks for all of the info!

Unknown said...

Stunning. Bravo, PENTAX! I have been waiting for a camera with similar specifications for years. Really glad it is no one other than PENTAX who finally delivered it. This company understands device ergonomics, unlike many of its competitors. Even if this camera had been delivered with fewer pixels, it still would have been nothing less than revolutionary. I particularly want to praise the CORRECT 1.3333 aspect ratio. Sensor size could be a bit bigger, but let’s live with what we now have. I personally have been developing mechanical accessories for the PENTAX 645 platform (I own a 645 II), in order to be able to use old exotic uncoated lenses with focusing as well as with tilt capability on any 645 body, knowing all well that the 645D was eventually coming. As much as PENTAX kept dropping development of the 645D and resurrecting it again, I personally was doing the same with my accessories. Finally, here is my chance to finish all my adaptations that kept collecting dust for the past couple of years. Finally, I hope PENTAX software is written by people who truly understand their field, unlike their competitors. PENTAX is dead – long live new PENTAX! They bring hope to disseminate mediocrity in camera development, that one sees today wherever one chooses to look. I wish other stubborn and wrongfully proud players like CANON, NIKON, MAMIYA, HASSELBLAD (I own some) and others learn from no less stubborn but always promising PENTAX. Dmitri Serdukoff – mail dot serdukoff at google mail

Suecae Sounds said...

It will be interesting to witness what impact this will have worldwide. Maybe I can pick one up in twenty years or so. Hehe. ;)

Toks said...

Any news on any new DA star prime lens for Pentax? Dying to get my hands on a 30 f1 4 variant. Thanks!