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    Question Did Fuji essentially kill Pentax 645?

    I am curious if the Pentax DSLR has a fleeting chance to compete against the GFX?

    Their ill fated steam punk K mount mirrorless indicates that route is closed.

    Will they survive in some form?

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    Re: Did Fuji essentially kill Pentax 645?

    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    I am curious if the Pentax DSLR has a fleeting chance to compete against the GFX?

    Their ill fated steam punk K mount mirrorless indicates that route is closed.

    Will they survive in some form?
    There are rumors that there will be a new 645 model at Photokina 2019. Donít know how true or accurate they are but Pentax still has a cult following.
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    Re: Did Fuji essentially kill Pentax 645?

    It will survive as long as I keep using it!
    It is still the same sensor and has some great lenses.

    It is only for very strong people though!
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    Re: Did Fuji essentially kill Pentax 645?

    It's suffering the slow death of Ricoh products sadly. Just look at the K-1 II, barely an upgrade over the K-1, and in some ways a downgrade. Only one new FF lens in the Tokina made 50/1.4. Nothing wrong with that lens, supposedly it's superb, but they can't even get Sigma to fill out the Art line up in K mount.

    The Z is still a great camera. I am a big fan of the lens line up for it, like the 55/2.8, 28-45, and 90mm. But it would be hard to justify getting a new Z over a Fuji these days. I hope it gets the update that Pentax users deserve.
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    Re: Did Fuji essentially kill Pentax 645?

    I have always been a two format photographer --- all the way back to my film-darkroom days. I was an early adopter of the 645D, I still had MF lenses from my film days to use with it. I used it for many years. Last December, I had open heart surgery, and I will turn 82 years of age in February. End of an era for me....Just way too heavy for me. I sold it and got a Fuji GFX 50R, with 23mm and 32-64mm lenses....the body weighs almost exactly half of the Pentax weight. The Pentax lenses I still have can be used with an adapter, although I will slowly sell them off for modern Fuji lenses. I compliment this medium format outfit with a Sony A7RII with lenses from 12mm to 560mm. Different horses for different courses. And yes, I love the 50R. I posted several seascapes made with it on another thread. It is a marvelous machine with georgeous lenses ( with good 'ol diaphragm rings).
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