The Europe-wide ban on the use of lead solder in electronic components
has claimed its second victim. Pentax will cease to sell it's medium
format film cameras in Europe in preparation for the legislation coming
into force on 1st July.
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