Pentax celebrates Camera Grand Prix award with a limited edition 645D

To celebrate winning Japan's Camera Grand Prix 2011 Camera of the Year award with the Pentax 645D, recent Ricoh acquisition Pentax Imaging has announced a limited edition version of the medium-format digital SLR camera. This fancy-pants version of the high-end 645D sports a dark red lacquer-finish body and comes with a matching leather strap (with "Camera GP 2011 Camera of the Year" stamped on it unfortunately) and is packaged in a paulownia wood box.

To celebrate winning Japan's Camera Grand Prix 2011 Camera of the Year award with the Pentax 645D, recent Ricoh acquisition Pentax Imaging has announced a limited edition version of the medium-format digital SLR camera. This fancy-pants version of the high-end 645D sports a dark red lacquer-finish body and comes with a matching leather strap (with "Camera GP 2011 Camera of the Year" stamped on it unfortunately) and is packaged in a paulownia wood box.

Released last year after years of rumors and hype, the 40-megapixel 645D (which sports a 44x33mm CCD sensor) lived up to the ballyhoo, gaining favorable reviews and coming out at a relatively reasonable price of $10,000 -- bringing it withing shooting distance of top-of-the-line professional 35mm dSLRs like the Nikon D3X and Canon 1DS Mark III.

Pricing has yet not been set for the limited edition 645D (presumably it will be somewhere north of $10K), but since production of the special model will be on a build-to-order basis, there will be a minimum four-month delivery period from the order date. It isn't on the site yet, but when it comes available, you'll be able to order the camera direct from the Pentax web store.

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