It’s the official launch of a brand new camera system today. Fuji has unveiled their Mirrorless Medium Format system with a starting line-up of ONE camera and THREE lenses (two prime, one zoom). The camera uses a 43.8 x 32.9mm sensor with 51.4 megapixels, a surface area approximately 1.7x that of 35mm FF. The prices of the camera and lenses are appopriately sized as well and they are available for pre-ordering as follows:
A comment by S.W. Anderson in the Hasselblad MF Mirrorless post got me price-checking medium format cameras, and it looks like the first generation Pentax 645D body only is currently going for $4000 in new condition at Amazon by Amazon actual. This is no longer available from B&H and Adorama. Amazon’s shipping estimate is 1-4 months, so keep that in mind if you need it to arrive quickly.
Or if you are a more adventurous shopper, there are a couple of eBay listings on it:
+ New Condition for $3150 with Best Offer Enabled (this is a private eBay listing for extra protection; ships from Los Angeles)
+ Used Condition for $2650 [CORRECTED!] (ships from Delaware; listing says used in-studio only with 3269 actuations)
+ the eBay listings above are from individuals, not retailers
In comparison, the latest model, the Pentax 645Z, goes for $7000 in new condition at B&H Photo (with 4% rewards = $280~) and Adorama (with 4% rewards = $280~). There’s also a 645Z Comprehensive Starter Kit that goes for $16,000 and includes three lenses (55/2.8, 90/2.8, 28-45/4.5, extra accessories and the protective case you see in the pictures.
The mirrorless party jumps to the Medium Format world as well, Hasselblad has a new Medium Format mirrorless system with the new X1D-50c camera and two prime lenses (90/3.2 and 45/3.5). The new items are available for pre-order with a late July 2016 release estimate. The pre-order prices are $9000, $2700 and $22300 respectively and can be pre-ordered at Adorama and B&H Photo… These have been added to the New Cameras & Lenses of 2016 Tracking page…
Hasselblad has revealed eight new medium format lenses (a mix of zooms and primes) and they are available for pre-order at B&H Photo with prices ranging from $4260 to $8160.
New Hasselblad camera gear have been revealed and they are now available for pre-order at B&H Photo as follows: the Hasselblad H6D-50c Medium Format DSLR Camera for $26,000 (50mp), the Hasselblad H6D-100c Medium Format DSLR Camera for $33,000 (100mp) and nine Hasselblad HC Lenses (eight primes, one zoom) with prices ranging from $2970 to $6010 (the zoom).
The cameras are expected to ship in June, while the lenses at the end of April 2016. As usual, estimates are estimates and can change over time.
These too have been added to the New Cameras and Lenses of 2016 tracking page.
On the medium format front, B&H Photo is offering the Hasselblad H5D-40 Medium Format DSLR Camera for $7995 with free expedited shipping… Speaking of MF, as we mentioned yesterday, the Pentax 645D Body goes for $3374 with $135 in promotional rewards…
Medium format time! The Pentax 645D body only medium format camera is on sale for $3374 with free shipping and $135~ in rewards to be used in future purchases at Adorama… The same price is available without the promotional rewards at B&H Photo and Amazon.
Medium format lens action now, a dozen Hasselblad medium format lenses are part of a 15% off instant savings promotion at B&H Photo. Two zooms and ten primes are participating in the promotion. The sale price is factored in on the website, no coupon code is needed. The sale ends on 3/31/16 at 11:59pm ET.
And now to our weekly Medium Format offer, it’s like the Improv, one weekly medium format deal minimum 🙂 B&H Photo has the Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi Medium Format DSLR Camera on special, the body only goes for $14,500 (in-stock mid-December) while the kit with the 80mm f2.8 HC AF lens goes for $17,100 (in-stock now).
The Hasselblad H5D-50c Wi-Fi Medium Format DSLR Camera Body is currently on sale for $19,000 with free shipping at B&H Photo. It is out of stock but you can still order it if you like the price… Meanwhile the H5D-50c kit with the 80mm f2.8 HC AF lens is in-stock and goes for $21,600…
And now to our semi-official weekly Medium Format deal (in MF we also include anything with a sensor larger than 35mmFF to keep things simple). There is a sale on 12 different Hasselblad lenses at B&H Photo with prices starting at $2376 (80/2.8 HC AF) and maxing out at $6528 (35-90mm f/4-5.6 HCD Aspherical Zoom). No coupons, no rebates.
November spawned a monster …new 645 lens, the PENTAX-D 35mm f3.5 AL [IF] HD FA645 Lens for the 645 system is now available for pre-order for $1100 at B&H Photo. You are certainly getting your money’s worth in terms of acronyms :)… This has been added to the list of New Lenses of 2015…
And now our weekly medium format discount. The Pentax 645Z medium format body only dSLR is down to $7000 with 4% promotional rewards (= around $280) at B&H Photo and Adorama where you can optionally add the 55mm f2.8 MF lens for +$413~. Locate the “Special Offer” area for that (annotated screenshot crop below):
And now to our weekly Medium Format deal. The Pentax 645Z medium format DSLR body only kit can be bundled with the Pentax 645D FA 55mm F2.8 AL [IF] SDM AW Lens and together you pay $7600 at Adorama. You have to manually press the blue “Add to Bundle” to add the lens to the bundle, and then press the green “Add bundle to cart” to add them both to your shopping cart. That’s it, no coupons, no rebates.
I must needs make sure I don’t forget the Medium Format fans, so here’s one for you. $10,000, the price of a used Honda Accord with enough good bubbles in the Consumer Reports ratings, you can get the Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back (50mp 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS sensor) at B&H Photo. Free standard shipping. Phocus and Lightroom software is included, but a camera is not included! (I always wanted to say that!)