Today's digital cameras make photography a breeze. A modern DSLR camera is capable of taking 12 photos a second, in near dark conditions. Whilst this is a benefit for some, it's a far cry from how photography was 30 years ago, with film. 

Film was slow - slow to use, slow to shoot and slow to develop. Because of this, photographers had to take a much more considered approach to imagery than they often do today. The king of film cameras were the medium format monsters; cameras that took film which was 4x larger than your standard 35mm. In terms of quality, medium format film was unrivalled, but technicalities aside, medium format film produced a 'look' that you just don't get with modern DSLR cameras. 

Medium format cameras produced what most photographers world-wide would agree are the perfect photos. Enormous photos of timeless beauty, with a look that nothing else could achieve. 

For the first two decades of the digital era, the best cameras anyone could produce would rival 35mm film, but those perfect medium format files eluded digital photographers. 

Until now!

The Pentax 645Z is a modern take on a film-era classic. The same limitless image quality. The same enormous image size. And the same timeless beauty. The 'look' is back. 

The 645Z isn't as quick as it's modern 35mm DSLR counterparts, but that's a good thing - knowing you have the perfect photographic tool at your fingertips means you take that little bit longer when you're shooting, to make sure everything is just so before you press the shutter release. 

I don't use the 645Z for every photo I take - my style of shooting (reportage) doesn't widely allow it. But when I do take the camera out of the bag, you know something special is about to happen.

PENTAX 645z Digital Medium Format Camera Body

Below are a couple of examples of recent photographs I took with my 645z in near dark conditions and extremely bright backlit situations.

This photograph above was taken around 20 minutes after sunset. The detail that this sensor captures is just amazing. With digital files in excess of 60mb you have a lot of room to develop the image in programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom to make the images really jump off the page or screen at you. 

If you try pulling up the shadows on a file produced by a standard full frame professional body under the same circumstances you'll find it won't be able to compete with the Pentax 645z in retaining as much detail.

On the flip side of being able to capture images in near darkness is its ability to capture images in extremely bright conditions like this recent photograph below that I took at one of my complimentary engagement shoots.

My Pentax Lenses 

Pentax HD DA 645 28-45mm F4.5 ED AW SR Ultra Wide Angle

This lens is out of the park when it comes to capturing the venue, getting ready photographs in small rooms and during the formal photographs. With an equivalent focal length of 35mm on a full frame camera body at its widest length its perfect for the formal photographs too.

Pentax SMC-D FA 55mm F2.8 AL[IF] SDM AW Prime Lens

This lens is awesome. I love being able to work at a comfortable distance to help you relax in front of the camera and produce a unique film look to your photographs.  

Pentax HD D FA 645 Macro 90mm F2.8 ED AR SW Prime / Macro Lens

This lens is without doubt the jewel in the Pentax 645z crown. It is so sharp and accurate with the colours it captures it makes it the perfect portrait lens. 

This system is recognised in the industry as being amongst the very best you can put your hands on. Digital Medium Format has such a unique and beautiful look. Below are a few examples of the power of this system when used during the bride getting ready photographs. 

The photograph below has such a soft fall off into out of focus. The transition makes you get drawn into the subject in the photograph and gives you that film look that can't be produced without this camera system.

And here's the same image cropped into the subjects eyes!

And further still.

If you look closely you will see me in the reflection of the brides catchlight in her eye. Having the ability to capture detail like this and then being able to crop in tightly without any loss of quality is why so many of the worlds top photographers aim to have this camera system in their bag!

I can say with absolute confidence that you will not speak to another photographer in my area offering this system. As a result they will not be able to offer the quality it allows me to bring to your wedding day!

My Pentax 645z System with three of the very best lenses that Pentax make is in excess of £18,000 on top of my extensive Nikon Full Frame camera system and Profoto Studio Lighting System.

To find out more, please contact me here!

I can't wait to hear from you.

Best wishes,