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Pentax become second victim of European legislation - Pentax 645NII and 67II medium format film cameras will both be discontinued, as well as a number of film and digital compact models.
This legislation has already caused the Hasselblad XPan to meet its end due to its lead solder content. Lead is one of several hazardous substances outlawed by the regulations because it is considered to be harmful to the environment when disposed of.
Pentax will be releasing a full list of affected products in the near future. Whether the products will simply be unavailable in Europe, or if production will end completely, has not yet been made clear.
Pentax's planned launch of a digital 645 medium format camera will still go ahead unaffected.
Pentax have released a statement concerning the circumstances which forced the end of these cameras here