Pentax 645D

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Pentax Canada says the Pentax 645D interchangeable lens medium-format DSLR will be available for sale in November, at a suggested retail price of $10,500. The smc Pentax-D FA 645 55 mm f/2.8 AL [IF] SDM AW lens will also be available at a suggested retail price of $1,250.

The camera was announced this past Spring.

It features a large, Kodak-made image sensor, which Pentax says is equal in performance to professional-standard digital camera backs. The sensor measures 44 x 33 mm, approximately 1.7 times larger than its 35 mm format counterparts, and offers approximately 40-megapixels.

The camera has a magnesium-steel-alloy frame, reinforced glass LCD panel protectors and a reliable dustproof, weather-resistant construction. In addition, it is designed to be compatible with the majority of the existing Pentax 645 system, including lenses.

Pentax Canada says a limited quantity of these cameras will be available.

Here are some of its features: PRIME (Pentax Real Image Engine) II, with high-speed data-processing capacity and new algorithm exclusively programmed for medium-format digital SLRs; RAW-format images as large as 50MB per file; 14-bit A/D converter; body has 70 special seals, outstanding cold-resistant performance to assure solid operation at a temperature as low as –10°C; newly designed shutter unit with a top shutter speed of 1/4000 second that can withstand as many as 50,000 shutter releases; dual SD/SDHC memory card slots; DR (Dust Removal) II mechanism; new SAFOX IX + wide-frame autofocus system with 11 sensor points (nine cross-type sensors positioned in the middle), part of an entire optical system redesign; 77-segment multi-pattern metering system; trapezoid-shaped glass prism for an approximately 98 percent field of view and Natural-Bright -Matte focusing screen.

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