The most recent announcements from Mamiya and Pentax are clearly targeting those of us who do not pay their photo cameras or get them out of the same budget that pays for their first-class plane trips:
- Mamiya MD40: For $21,900 (not far from 20 000€), you will get a 40 MP medium format camera on a 44x33mm digital sensor located behind a superb 80mm f/2.8 lens, but limited to to ISO 80-800 without reaching more that one frame per second (strictly for a studio).
- The Pentax 645D will be available from May 2010 in Europe and Japan (not in the USA), uses a similar 40 MP sensor of 44x33mm while staying compatible with all the 645 range. The price is relatively acceptable at less than $10,000 or maybe less than 9000€.
Rest assured of this: Pixels are not the end of it all. Just a mean to an end.