Pentax 645D Official Book coming out in Japan (and other 645D stories)
This is something one could perhaps (in our opinion) consider importing, however, we think it would probably be a really bad idea to import the 645D camera itself if Pentax in your country or region does not have actual support behind the camera. This is a $10,000 digital camera with lots of electronics inside. It's not an all-manual film camera. It's one thing to do this for a $250 neon-purple Casio "Hello Kitty" camera because you love the particular color or design, but a $10K pro-caliber camera system does require a support mechanism behind it.
But that's just our opinion. We blog, you decide - which brings us to this story at PDN Pulse, where a Japanese exporter claims you can have your 645D in less than a month from order time. They even promise reasonable shipping fees under $50.
If your life depends on having access to 645D RAW files, and that's all you think and dream about 24x7, Chris Wilson of Travel67.com, a current owner, has a rather unusual and innovative approach to offering RAW files - buy a print and get a DVD with RAW files. The idea is that only people who are really serious about the camera would be willing to do this - in order to prevent theft and abuse of the 40-megapixel RAW images by the internet population. And this may be a super-mega-filter of who gets these, since the lowest priced print we could find is around 22,000 yen (around $250).