Pentax Unveils 51MP 645Z Medium Format Camera 0

In what looks like a twin to the 645D, the Pentax 645Z is the new medium format camera announced today by Ricoh.


Here’s an excerpt from the official Pentax press release:

It is not often that a camera can be referred to as a game-changer. One that can provide photographers with the tools that not only enrich their craft but are capable of producing images so distinct they are easily set apart from the competition.  Today, Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation is pleased to announce the game-changing PENTAX 645Z medium-format DSLR, thus altering the landscape of professional photography.

Aside from the 51MP sensor, the Pentax 645Z also comes with 43.8 x 32.8mm 51.4MP CMOS sensor (live view capability), 1080p video, and max ISO of up to 206,800.

Other features include 3fps continuous shooting, a 3.2-inch 1.037M-dot tiltable LCD, 10-frame raw buffer, SAFOX 11 phase-matching AF module with 27 sensor points (25 cross-type sensors) and 76 weather seals that make it cold-resistant, dustproof and weather-resistant.

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Ricoh also revealed that they are now making 13 additional FA 645 lenses available to the US market. The lenses are:

  • 75mm f/2.8 $839.00
  • 45mm f/2.8 $1,319.00
  • 150mm f/2.8(IF) $1,679.00
  • 300mm f/4 ED(IF) $4,799.95
  • 400mm f/5.6 EDIF $3,479.00
  • 45-85mm f/4.5 $2,879.00
  • 120mm f/4 MACRO $1,679.00
  • 200mm f/4 (IF) $1,319.00
  • 80-160mm f/4.5 $2,519.00
  • 33-55mm f/4.5 AL $3,239.00
  • 150-300mm f/5.6 ED $3,239.00
  • 35mm f/3.5 $1,919.00
  • 55-110mm f/5.6 $2,039.00

The Pentax 645Z is expected to be available in June with a price tag of $8,500 (body only). You can already pre-order the medium format camera.