Gear Test Pentax 645D

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Gear Test Pentax 645D with 40mp medium format sensor

Larger image sensors seem to be the way forward, but is there still a place for medium format in the digital age? Keith Wilson couldn’t wait to photograph the landscape with this 40MP camera

In the middle of the last decade, Pentax appeared to be playing a guessing game with the market by twice unveiling prototypes of a 645 format DSLR, only to put production on hold. This was due to the speed of the ‘megapixel race’ as successive generations of Nikon and Canon 35mm format DSLRs kept overtaking the pixel count of the larger Pentax sensor. It says a lot about the sensibilities of photographers (and camera makers) that in the digital age the pixel count is considered more important to a camera than the size and format of the image sensor. After all, in days of film, the Pentax 645 and 67 series were two of the...

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