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Pentax 645D

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Expert Review

PhotoRadar
25 November 2011
  • Conclusion: It is cheaper than the medium format competition, but perhaps still not quite within easy grasp of the average pro photographer. On the other hand, if only medium format will do and you can stretch your budget, it's the best value package around.
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$250 per Megapixel, If You're Counting

Gear Patrol
18 February 2011
  • Excerpt: Ringing in at a lofty 10 grand your first thought might be “for a Pentax?” but the 645D is nothing to scoff at. The 40-megapixel medium format camera will feature a massive 44x33mm CCD sensor, 3.0″ 931k dot LCD display, to capture ultra sharp high-resolution images. The traditionally shaped, weather-resistant, ruggedized steel-alloy body will be compatible with existing lenses and features in-camera HDR (a feat at this resolution), shutter/aperture/ISO exposure modes,...
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Overall 8
8.0

Pentax 645D

PC Magazine
3 January 2011
  • Conclusion: At close to $9,000, the Pentax 645D's price tag might shock you, but this medium format digital camera produces superb images, and it's a bargain compared with competing systems.
  • Pros: Superb image quality. Weather-sealed body. Dual tripod mounts. Inexpensive when compared with other medium-format systems.
  • Cons: Lacks Live View. No CompactFlash support. Slow to write files to memory card.
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Overall 9
8.7
Design 9
8.5
Value for money 9
8.5
Features 9
9.0
Performance 8
8.0
Picture quality 10
9.5

Pentax 645D review

What Digital Camera
12 December 2010
  • Summary: The 645D will no doubt attract a niche audience, though its almost-£10k price tag is firmly out of reach for the majority. The experience of using a medium format digital camera is very different from a DSLR and has many advantages, especially for landscape photographers. To be clear: the 645D is less of a studio camera than its competition, but its weather-sealed single body design firmly fixes it as one to use in the field or where large, resolute files are a must.
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Expert Review

pentaxforums.com
8 December 2010
  • Excerpt: In this article we review the flagship model from Pentax, the Pentax 645D medium format camera. We contrast it to Nikon's top model, the Nikon D3x , and discuss which areas of photography the two cameras excel in. The Pentax is a medium format camera with a 33 x 44 mm sensor with 40 megapixels, and the Nikon has a 24 x 36 mm sensor with 24.5 megapixels.
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[Review] Pentax 645D, the other way of shooting photos

Akihabara News
11 June 2010
  • Summary: I am truly sorry if you were expecting a “Professional” review on the 645D. I have to admit that the camera’s capabilities are really exceeding my skills and knowledge here, but what I can tell you is that the 645D is an impressive piece of technology and incredible camera.
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Overall 9
8.6

Pentax 645D review

Amateur Photographer
3 April 2014
  • Summary: The 645D will no doubt attract a niche audience, as the almost £10,000 price tag is firmly out of reach of most amateur users. Interestingly, though, many of the features seem to be catering for a more consumer-level user, with its DSLR-styled additions and a host of auto modes. It’s not perfect, but it does have benefits and is bound to prove popular with landscape and wedding photographers alike.
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Pentax 645D

TechRadar UK
25 November 2011
  • Excerpt: As the manufacturer's first foray into the digital medium format arena, the Pentax 645D brings plenty of appealing features to the game, including a 40MP, 44 x 33mm, Kodak-developed CCD sensor that's designed to deliver professional image quality exceeding that of a 35mm full-frame DSLR.
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Expert Review

AVHub
13 June 2011
  • Excerpt: Pentax has put a fairly aggressive cat in amongst the digital medium format pigeons and made 40 MP resolution extremely affordable, but does it have everything it needs to operate in this sector? Report by Paul Burrows. Digital medium format has been a bit of a graveyard for a number of brands over the last decade and you’d have to describe the current market as “challenging” so what makes Pentax think it can be profitable?
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Overall 9
9.0

Pentax 645D V Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III Comparison

ePHOTOzine
23 February 2011
  • Summary: Each of these two cameras are excellent at what they do best. For example, the 1Ds Mark III is a more flexible tool, capable of holding its own when high levels of detail are needed, but without sacrificing aspects for handling such as the compact 35mm form factor, impressive autofocus and high speed continuous shooting.
  • Pros: Superb sharpness and resolution, Excellent dynamic range, Good handling, Weather Sealing, Good white balance performance, Lowest price medium format digital currently available, Compatible with Pentax 645 lenses, Excellent build quality, Superb autofocus, High speed continuous shooting, Decent sharpness and resolution, Vibrant contrasty images, Good colours straight from the camera, 1/250sec flash sync speed
  • Cons: Meter often underexposes, Slow continuous autofocus, 1/125 flash sync speed, Softening at higher ISOs, Poor white balance performance, Viewfinder a little difficult to use when wearing glasses
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