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The Pentax 645Z Goes To The Beach, Puts Weather-Proofing To The Test

By Hanssie on July 3rd 2014

Pentax645zWhen the medium format Pentax 645z was announced a few months ago, there was much chatter about the 51MP sensor and the crazy 204,800 max ISO. Its build boasted an all magnesium alloy and fully weather sealed body with 76 seals, protecting it from dust, weather, cold and zombie apocalypse.


Quesabesde decided to put their review unit of the Pentax 645z to the test and took it for a little trip to the beach. In the video below, the camera gets tossed onto the sand, endures a man made sand storm, then gets a quick rinse from the public showers. And still works just fine.

Looks like a fun day at the beach to me.

[Via PetaPixel]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Keegan Carroll

    Ill Pass, I wouldn’t dare do this.

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  2. Greg Faulkner

    The music is just as mad as well haha

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  3. Greg Faulkner

    Mad lol

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  4. Matt Owen

    I remember a similar video where a combat photographer emptied a sandbag onto his Pentax and cleaned it off in the shower. They make some pretty tough stuff.

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  5. Servando Miramontes

    This is bananas…

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  6. Jared Stewart

    Just watching that video made me cringe with fear… :)

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  7. Stan Rogers

    And now for some lenses to go long with the new 55. It really is an exciting camera, but there’s a lot of missing glassware at this point. A leaf shutter lens or two in the lineup wouldn’t hurt, not would a TS macro (for product shots). The current lineup is not bad for landscape work, but Pentax could OWN fashion/beauty with just a couple of well-aimed lenses.

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    • Matthew Saville

      My thoughts exactly, as usual Stan! Honestly as a landscape photographer myself, I often feel that medium format’s main market isn’t even my type, unless you count the roadside landscape shooters who don’t hike 5+ miles before they even bother getting their camera out LOL.

      IMO, MF digital should really, really aim at the billboard commercial photographers who are doing product and similar types of editorial work. That’s their best shot at market domination. Most of us landscape shooters are perfectly happy with our relatively inexpensive 24-36 megapixel DSLRs…


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    • Matthew Saville

      I’m not really a fan of “shock jock” type stuff, just for the sake of getting attention. If you’re gonna test a camera, why not actually shoot some worthwhile photos in such inclement conditions? I can think of plenty of situations where gorgeous photos could result from such abuse- A desert sandstorm, a torrential downpour in the jungle…

      Intentionally throwing sand on your camera and then washing it off in a shower is pointless. Maybe I’m just bitter because I’d love the chance to “thrash” cameras in beautiful, extreme environments such as the Milford Track in NZ, or anywhere in Iceland, or the dunes of Death Valley etc… Oh well…


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