Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Affordable Medium Format Digital

It looks like medium format digital is finally beginning to come down to a price point that many can afford. The magical $10,000 mark is finally a reality.

First, we have Hasselblad, which announced the the H4F-31, an H4D-31 camera, 80mm lens and back bundle that will retail for less than $10,000. And for those with a closet full of CF lenses, the bundle is available with a Hasselblad CF lens adapter instead of the 80mm HC lens at the same price.

Next up we have Pentax announcing that its long-awaited 645D medium format system will finally be available in the US. The camera body is expected to ship in December for $9,995.95, along with an SMC Pentax-D FA 645 55mm ƒ/2.8 lens for n additional $1,199.95.

There will be a limited number of 645Ds available in the US, so if you want one, you'd better get in on a pre-order. B&H, Adorama and Samy's Camera are among those expected to take pre-orders soon. The camera also is supposed to be available on Pentax's web store, but it's listed as "out of stock."

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