Specs and Price Info for the Pentax 645D II CMOS Medium Format Camera from CP+


We weren’t able to send anyone all the way to CP+ this year, and some of the products and details emerging from the trade show have us a little sad about that.

We already shared the news that Fuji will soon be debuting a 50mm tele conversion lens for the X100/s, and now we’ve got some specs and price information for the upcoming Pentax 645D CMOS Medium Format camera.

The info comes to us from the folks over at DC.Watch, who heard it from Ricoh at CP+. And even though a couple of the specifications are given in ranges rather than a definitive number, this should give you an idea of what to expect when the camera gets its official announcement, which should happen sometime this Spring.


According to DC.Watch, the new camera will boast:

  • A 40 – 50-megapixel sensor
  • A SAFOX XI AF module
  • 3fps continuous shooting
  • Max ISO of either 102,400 or 204,800
  • A shutter life of 100,000 actuations
  • Live view capability with movie function
  • USB 3.0 support for tethered shooting

Additionally, they were also told that the final camera would cost about $10,000 and would arrive officially in mid-April of this year.

For more info check out our previous coverage and be sure to check back often for more updates on the CMOS Medium Format front.

(via Photo Rumors)

  • Julien

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMG Why am I not rich???!

  • Andrew Iverson

    i’ll be curious to see how this works in real world performance. 10K isn’t “cheap”, but compared to other medium format cameras, that’s pretty sweet.

  • Sum_it

    If its the same sensor as a Hassy, I’d love to see how the 645 affects Hassy’s sales.

  • Alex

    Forgot to add two very critical specs regarding the medium format segment – weather sealing throughout the system and all current 645D lenses and image stabilization

  • specialgraphics

    Somehow I’m not really impressed with 100,000 shots for 10k, knowing that you’ll probably have to replace it pretty quickly if you’re a full-timer.


    I’d guess:
    1: this is not going to be machinegunned (guess 1.2: it’s probably closer to “seconds per frame” rather than FPS anyway)
    2: The kind of people using this would be ding a lot of shot planing and so shooting very few frames per shoot.
    3: the kind of people that would be shooting this will be earning $1K+ per image used.

    A few wedding photographers, particularly premium celebritard types, might dive in to it but I’d more likely to be used in product photography (regardless of if your product is food, cars, or the aforementioned celebritards)

  • Rob S

    Right because at 100K it just stops. I have well over 100K on my K200D and let me check….yup, one more.

    ALL Pentax cameras are “rated” for 100K.

  • Rob S

    Price is going to be closer to $9K

    It is a 50MP sensor

    It is the exact sensor Phase One is charging $35K for as a BACK (

  • Joe Gunawan

    Image stabilized? I don’t think neither the lenses nor the body are stabilized

  • Rob S

    Probably not at all. Somehow they sell those rebadged Sony cameras for 4 times original

  • Rob S

    Stabilization is in lens for 645

  • Rabi Abonour

    It’s definitely within purchase (rather than rental) range for a lot more photogs than a Phase or a Hassy – I’m really interested to see if this can live up to the specs, too.

  • Joshua

    The 100,000 just refers to the expected lifetime of the shutter, not the camera itself. The shutter tends to go out because its a mechanical part but it can be repaired separately from the rest of the camera. Once the shutter is fixed you’re back in business.

  • pinsolera

    Wow, $10,000 dollars is a substantial amount of money for a camera. My dad owns a Nikon that has a bigger lense and looks like it can magnify farther. Also, it looks like the same type of camera so I am very confused and frankly, would not agree with the price, unless the production cost of the camera was high. An article like this is so important for those wanting to have the latest tech for photography. My question to the writer is what is different about this camera than any other camera that is high tech like a more expensive Nikon?

  • Broseph of Arimathea

    This is either the best troll or the worst thing.

  • Dario Toledo

    My gosh.

  • markz

    the best trolls are like the best sarcasm, mostly unnoticed for what they are… so sadly that makes s/he/it the worst troll… ever …
    more like a little imp going
    “look at me I’m a great big troll…LOL”

  • Andy

    Well, is it 40 MP or 50? That’s a really big difference. I’d say the headline is click bait.

  • tonyl

    The main difference between the Pentax and the Hassy or Mamiya is the shutter. The Hassy uses an electronic shutter, giving a flash sync speed of over 1/500s and the Mamiya uses a leaf shutter, also giving a sync speed of 1/500s. The Pentax uses a focal plane shutter giving a sync speed of something like 1/120s (Correct me if it is higher).
    This is a significant difference for many users who want to use a flash outdoors.
    If only Pentax put in a better shutter then there would be not need to consider the others.

  • Joe Gunawan

    Yes a faster sync speed would be awesome for the 645D II. One advantage of the original Pentax 645D over the Hassy and Mamiya is that the 645D actually has a “decent” amount of AF points. AF is such a pain w/ Hassy and Mamiya. At least Hassy has that TrueShot that calculates how much the plane of focus changes when you focus and recompose.

  • Michael L. Storebø

    Then again, the Hasselblad shutter tops out at 1/800th of a second, whilst the Pentax goes to 1/4000th of a second. A major concern if you’re shooting fast action. Of course, Phase One has it all…

  • sayithere

    as stated above, the AF for this new 645D is SAFOX XI, it is the same AF system as in K-3 with 27 points. so it must be the fastest autofocus MF ever made. and also the lightest body.

  • Alan Klughammer

    You are either naive or a troll. If you are naive, this is a medium format camera. Very large sensor and hence very large cost. But all other things equal, this will give you a bit more control of depth of field and (arguably) a bit better colour and contrast.
    Back in the film days I think medium format made more sense. The film size was substantially larger than 35mm, and the cameras were less unwieldy than large format.
    In the digital world, I am not so sure. A D800 with good glass approaches the image quality, and there are very few places where the difference can be noted.

  • MickO

    A ha! Not out ’til mid-april .. that means if I think ahead, I just have to sell a little plasma every week. What’s that? Also a kidney? Every week? OK, Incidentally how many kidneys does a human have?

  • tonyl

    Never thought of the high shutter speeds for a MF camera. May make this a more all-round camera.
    The Phase-One has a built-in focal plane shutter with 1/125s flash sync speed. It also has a mode to use leaf shutter lenses giving up to 1/1600s sync speed. I wonder if the Pentax could be made compatible with leaf shutter lenses as well? Are there any leaf shutter Pentax lenses in existence?
    The auto-focus on the Pentax sounds really good from what others have said.

  • tonyl

    To answer my own question: Pentax did make leaf shutter lenses but the leaf shutter is disabled when fitted to a 645D. Maybe a future software update?
    Another significant difference is that the sensor size of the Phase1/Mamiya CCD sensors is full-frame medium format. The Pentax uses a cropped size CMOS sensor (as will others). If you want a big sensor then I suppose it has to be big. I really wonder how great the difference will be between the D800 and this new 50mega-pixel cropped 645 sensor?

  • tonyl

    Now I read somewhere that leaf shutters will work with 645D. Has anyone used one?

  • ProtoWhalePig

    Right? I have a Pentax 67. Got it on ebay for $100. I mean, wtf? Lens is frickin’ huge.

  • Michael L. Storebø

    There are two Pentax 645 leaf shutter lenses, as far as I know: A 75mm and a 135mm. I have both, and they are both good. But they are manual focus and are limited to 1/500th of a second as their shortest shutter speed. The 645D automatically senses when a leaf shutter lens is attached, and disables the focal plane shutter. Phase One IQ140 and IQ250, Hasselblad H5D-40 and the Pentax 645D have the same dimensions on their sensors (cropped 645 format). Only the (even) more expensive Hassy and Phase models have larger sensors.

    I think a new line of Pentax 645 autofocus leaf shutter lenses would make the Pentax 645D an exceptional system!

  • Matt

    I’d do an auction on the kidney, get the best price that you can.

  • Linux Novice

    Please get back to your school as soon as possible. Wandering in the wild will be alarming to your parents.

  • BillGNYC

    re badged Fuji cameras…not Sony.

  • BillGNYC

    The Mamiya is a focal plane shutter as well. There are some Schneider lenses which are available which use a leaf shutter, though, but not the regular Mamiya lenses which do not have a leaf shutter.

  • BillGNYC

    Phase One/Mamiya are not 60 by 60 mm full frame digital backs. They are smaller even then the half frame 6 x 6 backs ( 6 x 4.5). The only current camera which can handle both film and 6 x 6 digital backs (when available) is the Rollei HY6.

  • Guest

    Yes, A99, Rx100 and nex 7 are all Fuji cameras.