Pentax is ‘seriously working’ on the launch of its 645 Digital medium format camera, according to fresh reports emerging from Japan.

An article in respected trade publication Pen News Weekly, also carried in Photo Trade Express, states: ‘The camera maker is seriously working on the launch of [the] Pentax 645 Digital medium format model showcased at the recent PIE 2009 trade show.’

The article adds: ‘The firm will? line up middle class and entry-level DSLR models along with the medium format at high end.’

Last month we exclusively revealed that Pentax plans to revive its long-awaited digital medium-format camera, four years after a mock-up was first shown to journalists at Tokyo’s Photo Imaging Expo show in March 2005.

Last year, Pentax appeared to have abandoned development of the camera.

However, it is still unclear whether the camera will be sold in Europe.

A spokesman for Pentax UK could not be reached for comment at the time of writing.

Last month Pentax UK declined to comment on the firm’s future development plans.


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