Pentax dumps medium format

Discussion in 'Pentax' started by RichA, May 9, 2007.

  1. RichA

    RichA Guest

    The poor 645 digital never saw the light of day...


    Thursday, May 10, 2007 3:20 a.m. (JST)

    Pentax To Sell Tokyo HQ, Quit Low-Profit Ops To Lift Corp Value

    TOKYO (Nikkei)--Pentax Corp. (7750) plans to sell its Tokyo
    headquarters and withdraw from less profitable businesses under
    strategies the camera maker has crafted to block a takeover bid by
    optical glass manufacturer Hoya Corp. (7741), The Nikkei learned
    the text of the article includes this statement -

    "On top of this, Pentax will continue to overhaul less profitable
    businesses. It will abandon the development of medium-format single-
    lens reflex cameras designed for professional photographers and
    specialize in digital SLR offerings for new and intermediate users."
    RichA, May 9, 2007
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    Peter Chant Guest

    RichA wrote:

    So what MF digital players will there be? Not sure who it up to what.
    Won't affect me practically as this is seriously above my price bracket -
    but interesting to know.

    Peter Chant, May 9, 2007
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  3. RichA

    RichA Guest

    Apart from the lens costs, there is a chance we might see a medium
    format in an affordable package at some point.
    Mind you, $5000 would be affordable for those things. The cost of the
    sensors (owing to quality spec and size) vastly eclipses the mass-
    market sensors in the DSLRs.
    RichA, May 9, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest

    Hasselblad are doing well with the H series, offering up to 39 MP.
    Mamiya are offering the 645 digital. Rollei are offering the 6000
    series with digital backs.

    There were rumours a few months ago that the Contax 645 series might
    be resurrected as a digital body, but not by Kyocera.
    Tony Polson, May 10, 2007
  5. They finally got a clue. So what's the loss? 645 format is for amateurs
    who don't have the balls for 6x6 or 6x7 anyway.
    Randall Ainsworth, May 10, 2007
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    Charlie Self Guest

    I probably can't afford to, but at 5K, I might just grab a 645D. The
    problem then comes with the obligatory four or five lenses.
    Charlie Self, May 10, 2007
  7. RichA

    Charlie Self Guest

    A lot of pro studio shooters are going to be shocked by that.
    Charlie Self, May 10, 2007
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Charlie Self wrote:

    x-posted to rpe35mm as the early quoted text plus my bit at the end is
    definitely relevant:
    Well, combine that with the post in another NG:

    Message-ID: <>

    looks like you are running out of luck. :-(

    Looks like they've no plan to do anything high end in 35mm based digital.
    OK, so I might not want to go for the big bucks in 35mm digital at the
    moment but it is nice to know there is always a future upgrade path if
    wanted - without having to start again from scratch.

    I've a reasonable selection of I believe reasonable, although perhaps not
    top notch manual focus lenses in 35mm Pentax fit which would be a useful
    resource to have if I were to go digital. For example - I have a Tokina
    500mm mirror lens (bought for the 1999 eclipse), use this a few times a
    year, nice to have on hand just in case and really don't want to get
    another if I change system.


    ---- Copy of post from

    Pentax UK  - med format disc
    henryp <>  (
    Thursday 10 May 2007 19:27:57

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    Henry Posner
    B&H Photo-Video, Inc.
    Peter Chant, May 10, 2007
  9. RichA

    Pudentame Guest

    If you look at the sites the links lead to, it's apparent Pentax is
    dropping the 645 *FILM* camera in Europe. This is, BTW, somewhat old news.

    The 645D, shown at PMA, still appears to be on track for release
    sometime later this year, probably in the fall.
    Pudentame, May 10, 2007

  10. And I can tell you now that Pentax Europe has been briefing invitations
    to a major press function later in the year, which indicates they have
    some VERY substantial stuff to show - a bigger 'do' than the K10D
    launch. I should be going to it, and can't say anything more. Just rest
    assured they are not pulling their horns in, they are pushing the boat out.

    David Kilpatrick, May 11, 2007
  11. RichA

    Peter Chant Guest

    Well, simply that is good news. Unfortunately the previous posts and links
    looked like they were falling back to low - mid DSLR and compacts.

    Not jumped into the DSLR market myself - but it is inevitable that I will at
    some point. If I were to do so now (ignoring my last post) K10D is the
    obvious choice.

    My layman's guess at things that could happen in the future would be:

    * Lowing of prices (already DSLRs are getting cheaper and cheaper for the
    entry models)
    * More affordable full frame
    * Increase in dynamic range.

    Interesting to see what happens.

    I wonder - would anyone produce a variant of a DSLR without a colour mask
    for B&W?

    Peter Chant, May 11, 2007
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    Alan Browne Guest

    Alan Browne, May 11, 2007
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    Tony Polson Guest

    If you are prepared to wait, the high end DSLR soon to be announced by
    Pentax will be well worth waiting for. In the meantime, the K10D
    offers superb value for money, as well as very strong competition for
    Nikon and Canon DSLRs with APS sized sensors.
    Tony Polson, May 11, 2007
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    Peter Chant Guest

    Happy to wait. I will jump to digital at some point. Scanning simply takes
    up too much time and my traditional darkroom skills are poor. However,
    quite happly playing with a Mamiya C330 at the moment!

    Peter Chant, May 11, 2007
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    G.T. Guest

    During the last month or so of not having time to post here I did have a
    little time to study RichA's Usenet posting history. Under my
    guidelines, admittedly subjective, I come up with a ratio of 99 negative
    posts to every positive one of yours.

    See a professional, ASAP, there is something seriously wrong with you.

    G.T., May 12, 2007
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    Daryl Guest

    I heard that 6 X 6 is for people that don't have the balls for 8X10.
    Daryl, May 13, 2007
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    Charlie Self Guest

    You'll get identical results tracking him on DPReview under rander
    something or other. He prods with some half-fact and then steps back
    and watches what he created.
    Charlie Self, May 13, 2007
  18. Which kinda begs the question: Why do we collectively flock to the
    flickering light? [More literal: why do some keep replying to those
    John McWilliams, May 13, 2007
  19. RichA

    ASAAR Guest

    Why do drivers and passengers often rubber-neck as they pass
    accident sites? Why do the worst commercials and political ads get
    the most attention? Add n parts nature, m parts nurture, mix well.

    You see those posts and don't have to think very hard before
    deciding that they're posts that you wish the great internet gods
    would have nuked in their cribs. Others don't think very much and
    reply because they can. Still others see the posts and reply
    because they think that by correcting or chastising him they're
    doing the internet community a service, which in a way shows a
    similar motivation to what triggered your reply. In my view the
    planet would be a horrible place if I was the only one that wasn't a
    McWilliams clone. I'm sure that you'd also hate to inhabit a world
    full of ASAAR (or RichA, Annika, Rita, *insert any nym*) clones. In
    this respect I'm satisfied with the world as it is, but apparently
    you aren't. So keep up the good fight, tilting at windmills, acting
    upon your compulsions just as RichA acts upon his. Whatever else he
    may be, nobody has yet accused him of being a sanctimonious scold.

    -- --
    lsmft, eh?
    ASAAR, May 13, 2007
  20. "Let's stop; my finger's tired." The Hotnuts, 1966.

    Pretty apropos that it's noticed by a sanctimonious clod.
    John McWilliams, May 13, 2007
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