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Friday, February 10, 2006

Pentax According to the BJP

Pentax has confirmed to The British Journal of Photography that it is going ahead with the development of a medium format digital camera (first reported in BJP, 29 June 2005). In addition, it revealed that it would introduce a number of digital SLRs, including a top-of-the-range model, along with a new range of digital lenses over the next 18 months.

Pentax intends the new camera to be based on the 645 and have a 22-MP sensor that may or may not be 6x4.5 cm, but will be larger than 35mm size. Rollout is planned for next Photokina (September 2006) with delivery by PMA (February) 2007.

Posted by: MIKE JOHNSTON and OREN GRAD

1 Comments:

Blogger John Sarsgard said...

Very useful info, as I have not seen this level of candor about the 645 digital from Pentax elsewhere. I am a heavy (intense, not overweight!) user of the Pentax 645 system, and have been waiting for a long time to see what develops here. Pentax has been showing a mockup (probably balsa wood) and talking about the 645D for almost a year. I asked their reps "2006??" at PhotoExpo and they said, "that would be a long time off in the digital world." Looks like they were optimistic. And I could forget about my Pentax lenses and just buy a new kit at the price levels being discussed, if I don't need 22MP.

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