Pentax 645Z Shooter’s Report Part I: Ricoh’s mighty medium-format takes on the mile-high city


posted Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 10:47 AM EDT


I've shot with many professional DSLRs over the years, right back to when even the most expensive of pro gear consisted of digital innards shoe-horned into a repurposed film SLR body. But until just recently, there was one type of camera that I'd never managed to get my hands on -- at least, away from the trade show floor. I've never before had the chance to shoot a medium format DSLR, so the Pentax 645Z is a first for me -- and one I've been greatly anticipating.

Right as the camera arrived, I was coincidentally preparing for a one-week trip to Denver, Colorado to visit friends. Did I rearrange my carry-on luggage to make sure the Pentax 645Z could join me on the trip? You'd better believe it! Now, I've just posted my first Shooter's Report blog, sharing my thoughts on Ricoh's flagship DSLR, and the experience of shooting medium format after decades living with the constraints of APS-C and full-frame cameras.


I don't think it's too much of a spoiler to say that both the 645Z and medium format are living up to my expectations, but you'll want to read the first section of my Pentax 645Z Shooter's Report for the full story. In this section I take a look at handling, all-weather shooting, image quality in ambient light ranging from dreary to blazing sunshine, and plenty else besides.

My second report will be coming soon, and in that I'll be taking a look at long exposure / low light performance, movie shooting and more, so watch this space -- and if you have any questions or features you'd like me to discuss, please do leave them in the comments below!