Pentax 645z Review Pt6 – Conclusion
Part 1 – The Journey
Part 2 – Image Quality
Part 3 – Lens options and CCD vs CMOS
Part 4 – Ergonomics and weight
Part 5 – Flash System
Part 6 – Conclusion
Part 7 – 100+ Uncompressed DNG’s to download
Before I get on to my conclusion I’d like to touch on the Canon 5Ds and 5Dr cameras.
These are a welcome additions to the DSLR fold and keeps Nikon from the door to a certain extent. While I have no practical experience of them yet I have seen some of the files from both cameras. Personally I find the images have a small sensor ‘look’ to them. Regardless how many pixels you have on the sensor, the sensor size will give you a certain feel to an image. Be that an iphone, D810 or an 8×10 camera regardless of the pixel count or sensor manufacturer.
But aside from that, the pixel count is high and useful to many. I do have concerns about the quality of the higher ISO shots. How ugly (if at all) ISO3200 is will be important to me. I wasn’t impressed with the 7D2 sensor and the 5Dr shares the same pixel pitch. I can only hope that by limiting the usable ISO to 6400 means it’s great throughout the entire range otherwise the audience for these new high MP cams will be limited, which may be just what Canon wants anyway. I’m hopeful the dynamic range will improve because of the ISO limitations placed on it but until we see some raw files……
Update 28th July 2015 – It appears I should revise that opinion, I now own both the Canon 5DSr and the 645z, the 5DSr review is HERE
We certainly live in a great time for photography, long may new doors open for our creativity.
Back to the 645z:
I didn’t mean to fall in love with this camera. At least, I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did but once I had it in my hands I knew in a very short period of time the Z was a keeper. It set new standards and opened up doors for me both personally and professionally.
Many say that you don’t need 50mp for photography in most instances. This is true, I can’t see the point in using the 645z’s massive resolution for the table plan at a wedding.
However going from 18mp to 50mp…that’s a heck of a jump. Portraiture and Landscapes welcome this level of resolution.
But it’s more than just pure resolution, it’s the lack of Anti Aliasing filter which increases the quality of this resolution further:
There is also the staggering dynamic range that beats down many sensors, particularly Canon ones. I can now do sunset shots and landscapes in a more flexible way.
I don’t need to use several graduated Lee filters anymore for landscaping, but just one or two and I can safely underexpose to preserve the highlights.
The image quality and overall cost of the system makes this the most attractive Medium Format package out there.
I like my skin tones and this was one of my biggest worries, but they are perfect!
I consider the Pentax 645 the best high resolution camera out there today. It’s not a run and gun camera. That’s what the D4s and 1Dx are for.
But if image quality is what you’re after and if you need a highly versatile camera for personal or business use then this is the camera to get.
You’ll have no regrets with the purchase. It’s not perfect but no camera truly is.
The Pentax 645z gives me everything I need. And it’s a medium format solution that I’m not scared to use anymore.
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