Leica S is a 37.5MP Medium Format DSLR

Leica S

Leica introduced the new Leica S medium format camera alongside the Leica Super-Elmar-S 24 mm f/3.5 ASPH. super-wide, the Leica Vario-Elmar-S 30-90 mm f/3.5-5.6 ASPH. and the Leica TS-APO- Elmar-S 120 mm f/5.6 ASPH. tilt/shift lens. at Photokina 2012.

The new Leica S features a medium format 37.5MP image sensor (that’s 30 x 45mm in physical size) and an improved sensitivity range over the Leica S2, now at ISO 100-1600.  When used with Leica CS lenses the Leica S offers a flash sync speed of 1/1000s

The Leica S also has an upgraded AF system with predictive AF in tracking mode, as well as built-in GPS. Additional features include a 3-inch LCD at 920k-dot res and full sRGB color space and includes Lightroom 4 for processing its RAW files.

The Leica S should be available in December 2012 for $21,950.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Hasselblad H5D Medium Format Camera Series Announced

Hasselblad H5D-60

Hasselblad’s next-gen medium format H series will be the H5D series.  Full details will be unveiled at Photokina 2012, but here is what we know now.

  • New H System lens: HCD 4.8/24 mm, equivalent to 17 mm on 35 mm DSLR format
  • New Macro Converter, for superb close-up performance with wide angle lenses
  • RAW + JPEG mode for quick preview and print
  • New True Focus II provides unique, accurate focus and Immediate Focus Confirm
  • Full access to camera information and image preview on rear in tethered mode
  • The largest, brightest viewfinder image on the market
  • New larger, more ergonomic buttons and an easier to read display style
  • New sealing for improved weather proofing plus new sensor unit safety lock
  • Optional battery adapter for standalone operation of digital capture unit
  • Ultimate image quality with Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
  • A choice of software: Hasselblad Phocus 2.7 and Adobe Lightroom 4 both included

The H5D Series will be available as models with 40, 50 and 60 megapixels as well as 50 and 200 megapixel Multi-Shot versions and will start shipping in December 2012.  More details will be available next week.

Pentax D FA 645 Macro 90mm F2.8 ED AW SR Lens for 645D MF Camera

Pentax D FA 645 Macro 90mm F2.8 ED AW SR Lens

The new Pentax D FA 645 Macro 90mm F2.8 ED AW SR lens is designed for Pentax’s 645D medium format camera.  The 90mm lens offers an equivalent focal length of 71mm compared to a standard full frame camera.

The macro capabilities of this new lens offers a maximum magnification of 0.5x. The D FA 90mm lens features Pentax’s new HD coating for higher light transmittance and reduced reflection.  Additionally, the lens offers built-in Shake Reduction for up to 3.5 stops of compensation.

The Pentax D FA 645 Macro 90mm F2.8 ED AW SR will retail for $4499.95.  Check availability here at B&H Photo.

Pentax 645D Gets $1200 Price Drop

Pentax 645D

The 40MP medium format Pentax 645D recently got a price drop from $9,995 to $8,795, which puts it even closer to the high-end 35mm DSLR range (see, e.g., Canon 1D X at $6,800 and Nikon D4 at $6,000).

Some retailers have already updated their list pricing to reflect the price drop (Adorama), while others have not (B&H Photo).  Expect the pricing to go into effect at all Pentax retailers soon.