If all goes according to plan, Pentax will have a 30 megapixel version addition to the 645 line ready for Spring 2010.
The Pentax 645 models are part of the company’s medium-format line, and is certainly has been a popular model. People have waited anxiously for the 645D, but it looked dead back in 2008 as the company said it was going to concentrate on consumer DSLRs which were more profitable. Â Then in March 2008 the company changed its mind again, and said the 645D would indeed come out, but there was no indication of when. Â That was when the waiting game started.
Well, the good news is that according to PDN, a release date was finally announced at a press event last week. Â Ned Bunnell, president of Pentax Imaging (USA), stated the new model was on target for a release some time in Spring 2010, but no details beyond that were disclosed. Â Thus far the only firm technical specification released so far is that the camera will be 30 megapixels.
Some time ago aÂ PENTAX-D FA645 55mm F2.8 lens was announced to also be coming out in support of the 645D, so one would assume it would launch around the same time as the camera body itself.
Why this unit has taken so long to develop is any one’s guess, but hopefully it will be worth the wait. Â We will try to keep you updated as more information is released.