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July 14, 2011

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The price I've seen is 120 man yen - about $15000. Not a completely hideous markup over the regular camera for something that is pretty strictly a collectors item.

And it's not the first such limited memorial model either, by Pentax or by other makers. Never forget the LX Gold for instance.

The rather special and laborious sounding lacquering process of urushi-e sounds intriguing.

Here is bit more about it and other tidbits on the 645D limited edition.
http://www.imaging-resource.com/NEWS/1310602512.html

Gordon, FWIW, Pentax actually claims enhanced durability with this unusual lacquer process.

>>Pentax actually claims enhanced durability with this unusual lacquer process.<<

Be that as it may, I doubt that many people who buy this camera plan to test its ruggedness, assuming they use it at all.

And just to be clear, I didn't intend this post as a cheap shot at Pentax (pardon the semi-photographic expression). I was simply acknowledging that a red lacquer-finished camera is being offered for reasons other than pure photographic utility.

I think it's a great way to celebrate, Gordon. Too bad Pentax doesn't have more to celebrate. I had decades with a K1000. The only digital camera I've liked nearly as well is the original 5D, which would be fine if the focus screen were as large as the K1000. Get nervous when the 5D is out on a rainy hike though. The K1000, never.

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