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:
Adorama is now accepting pre-orders for the new Kipon Baveyes Ultra 0.7x Adapter available in three different options. It lets you attach Hasselblad Medium Format Lenses to either Sony E/NEX camera bodies or Leica M, or Leica SL. The pre-order price is $495 for each option.
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 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!)
The official Hasselblad email newsletter mentions a new promotion for the fourth quarter (Sept 1st until Dec 31, in 2015), if you purchase the Hasselblad H5D-50c medium format DSLR (regular or with Wifi), you will receive TWO free Hasselblad lenses (HCD 28mm lens AND the HC 2.8/80mm lens). The promotion mentions European prices, so I don’t know if it will also “translate” to USA retailers as well. Wait a few days or contact your favorite authorized Hasselblad retailer to see if they have the offer or not.
If you are interested in getting the Pentax 645Z medium format digital camera, Adorama has an “optical encouragement” for you. If you purchase the Pentax 645Z body only kit TOGETHER with ONE LENS from a list of 15 eligible 645 lenses, you will save $1200 on the total purchase amount. No coupon, no rebate, just add one of the lenses to the bundle and add the bundle to the shopping. You can only add ONE lens to this promotion – you cannot turn it into a money-maker fatwallet-style 🙂
There are two lenses in the lot that go for $1200 (or less), essentially making the lenses FREE (55/2.8, 200/4). The discount cannot be bigger than the price of the lens, so the $1100 lens is only a $1100 discount. The next lowest price lens of the lot is the 45mm f2.8 (645) which goes for $1300, so with the combined purchase discount, you are essentially getting it for $100.
This is a screenshot crop of the right side of the Adorama shopping cart after you add the 645Z and the 55/2.8 lens. You still have to press the green Add Bundle to Cart to proceed with the order…
If you want to take the jump into 645 digital, B&H Photo has further discounted the Pentax 645D body only, now going for $4000 with free expedited shipping. This has a 40mp CCD sensor and supports both PEF and DNG.
Hasselblad has announced a worldwide 20% off sale on select medium format sales. They have a handy global map there to find authorized local dealers around the world. For internet buying, check prices at Adorama and B&H Photo.
Digital medium format is more affordable these days. If you are a fan of the Pentax 645, the 40mp Pentax 645D currently sells for $4500 with 4% promotional rewards (= $180) at Adorama and B&H Photo.
But if you want the latest model, the 645Z, Adorama has created a special 645Z bundle for WPPI that goes for $8500, the standard price of the body only. Adorama is including the following extras: 55mm f2.8 lens, 3 year New Leaf Spills and Drops warranty for the Camera, and a similar warranty for the Lens, and a ProOptic filter kit.