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Pentax adds 645NII to its Medium-Format SLR Lineup -
Developed as the third generation of the renowned "Super Field Camera" series, the new 645NII incorporates all the features of its predecessor, the Pentax 645N, while incorporating several new features designed to further improve performance, maneuverability and user convenience.
Many of the new features incorporated into the 645NII are a response to the valuable suggestions and requests offered by enthusiastic 645N users, based on their experiences in actual photographic sessions. Pentax believes these added features will be extremely useful in a variety of applications and situations, and will make the 645NII more responsive and user-friendly than its predecessors for photographers around the world.
New features of the Pentax 645NII
1. Mirror-up function: A new mirror-up position has been added to the drive mode dial. The first press of the shutter release button swings the mirror up and locks it in place; the second press releases the shutter. This new function avoids unwanted camera shake at shutter release and improves exposure accuracy.
2. Choice of EV increments in exposure compensation and auto bracketing: In exposure compensation and auto bracketing modes, the user now has a choice of 1/2EV or 1/3EV increments within a 3EV range. This allows the user to set the desired compensation value far more easily to create the intended visual effect.
3. A wider range of on-the-film imprinting information: The 645NII allows the imprinting of a wider range of photographic data onto the film than was possible with the 645N. The new data includes: total number of film rolls, focusing mode, ISO film speed, use of the AE lock and/or auto bracketing functions, and use of flash synchronization.
4. Improved Pentax Functions: The Pentax Functions, designed to allow customiaation of some of the camera's basic functions to suit individual preferences, are now more user-friendly than before. The user can select whether or not the camera identification symbol is added to the on-the-film imprinting data, so that a check can be made afterwards on which camera was used to take a particular roll of film.