An outfit consisting of a new 40-MP Pentax 645D body and DFA-645 55mm ƒ/2.8 lens—a.k.a. the poor man's Leica S2—is being offered by Breguet Camera on Ebay. The price is $11,188, which breaks down to $10k for the body and $1,188 for the lens. I think we've already established that the menus are available in English, but don't forget that Pentax USA doesn't warranty this camera.
The 55mm DFA lens is weatherproof and is the equivalent on the larger format of Pentax's famous 43mm Limited.
I checked with Pentax USA, and there still no word on possible plans to import this camera here to the U.S.
Coincidentally, Breguet Camera happens to be the outfit that sold me my new Minolta 35mm ƒ/2 RS the other day. I can't speak for them generally, but my lens arrived from Hong Kong lickety-split, very well packed, and exactly as advertised. Just sayin'.
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Featured Comment by Kent: "$10k for the body. Hmm...the lowest current price here in Japan is ¥757,800, which converts to about $8,825 at the current exchange rate.
"Who's it for? The same people who've always needed a larger-than-35mm format. Commercial photographers whose work might end up really big somewhere: posters, outdoor signage, store displays, the side of a bus, etc. And of course landscape or fine art photographers who sell large prints. And...me, if I could afford it. Just 'cause I want one. Fortunately (or not), not only can I not afford it, but that pesky little thing called 'reason' keeps telling me that very little of my work is likely to end up on the side of a bus.
"But if I win the lottery, watch out...."
Featured Comment by Tregix: "I had the chance to play with a 645D yesterday. It gave me a very very positive feeling.
- It is surprisingly comfortable to hold, more comfortable than a D3 or a 1D to me.
- It is big but not that heavy (again compared to a D3 or 1D). It can get out of the studio easily.
- The autofocus is quite fast (with the 55mm ƒ/2.8 SDM).
- The view finder is, well, whoa.
- I felt that the shutter was less noisy than a D700…but I dislike the D700 shutter sound.
It looks like Pentax is changing the MF game.