PENTAX Announces Limited Edition Kit for the 645D

PENTAX Announces Limited Edition Kit for the 645DIn honor of the PENTAX 645D being named “Camera of the Year” at Camera Grand Prix Japan 2011, PENTAX has announced a limited edition kit model of the camera that will have a custom red and black lacquer-finished body and golden PENTAX logos. The entire kit will be housed in a specially designed paulownia-wood box and include:
  •  PENTAX 645D Japan camera body
  • a Camera GP 2011 Camera of the Year Leather Strap (O-ST123)
  • a Body Mount Cap for the 645D Japan
  • a Center-Spot-Matte Focusing Screen (DS-80)
Like its regular edition sibling, the Limited Edition PENTAX 645D is what PENTAX calls a medium-format digital camera.  It delivers a 40-megapixel (that’s not a typo) ultra-high resolution images courtesy of its 44x33mm CCD.  JPEG and RAW (14 bit) files come out to a whopping 7264 x 5440 pixels.  Fully weather sealed and cold proof, the aluminum diecast chassis is surrounded by magnesium-alloy.  Autofocus comes courtesy of an 11-point SAFOX IX+ system.  It also features continuous shooting at 1.1 frames per second at that full 40-megapixel resolution and a high-capacity Li-Ion battery good for up to 800 shots (in typical shooting conditions).
How do you get one?
The Limited Edition PENTAX 645Ds will be be built-to-order only, so the only way to purchase one is to head over there to the PENTAX store, pre-order it, wait four months, and then enjoy.  As of this writing, the regular 645D retails for just under $10,000, so expect to pay a Limited Edition premium over that when pre-ordering.

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