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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


A pleasant one that is!

I got this for my 645AFD and hadn't used it yet.
Used it on my 5DMkII this week since my 70-200 is broken.
Very sharp indeed.

Anybody have experience/similar with this lens?

Dan



Nov 30, 2012 at 11:14 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


I've got the M645 (manual focus) version of the 150/2.8 A ... it's a keeper for a lot of reasons. Optically, I think the design is the same, just possibly some coating variant.

I've got 45/2.8 N, 80/4 Macro C, 110/2.8 N and 150/2.8 A (previously owned 35/3.5 N) ... that I use on my DSLR's. Not likely that I'll part with them anytime soon.

Congrats on the glass.



Dec 01, 2012 at 12:52 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


Yes, congrats. I have the A 150/2.8, too. I've recently shed a lot of Alt glass, but none were Mamiya. The A 150/2.8 is definitely a keeper.


Dec 01, 2012 at 12:57 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


Here is the example I was thinking about







If you look way off in the distance, between the rocks at the horizon,
there is a jetty & lighthouse I didn't even notice in when composing.
Detail on the sea stacks is pretty nice too.

I like when I can get one lens for two cameras

Dan



Dec 01, 2012 at 01:06 AM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


The 150mm f/2.8 is a spectacular lens, and even more appealing when you consider the used prices for a pristine copy.

Jim, I'm glad to see you keeping the Mamiya lenses in your possession.

If I could only find an M645 500mm APO...



Dec 01, 2012 at 02:26 AM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


You like it now ... wait to you start working the files in post. Not only is it sharp, but the transitions are very nice as well.


Dec 01, 2012 at 04:55 AM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


I have this lens for my 645AFD too, which I never use anymore now that I'm out of school :/

What adapter are you using? Do you know if there's a Nikon version? I had no idea this existed!



Dec 01, 2012 at 04:00 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


Lee Saxon wrote:
What adapter are you using? Do you know if there's a Nikon version? I had no idea this existed!


Fotodiox Pro M645 to Nikon adapter. It's great quality (I have the Canon version). Buy from ebay (you can avoid shipping costs there) or the fotodiox site.



Dec 01, 2012 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


Thanks! Does it feel pretty snug? I tried a Fotodiox Nikon-to-m4/3 and found it had a ton of wiggle; had to upgrade to the Novoflex.


Dec 02, 2012 at 01:36 AM
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p.1 #10 · p.1 #10 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


I have found that if you can pay the freight, Novoflex and Rayqual adapters are where you should put your money.




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Lee Saxon wrote:
Thanks! Does it feel pretty snug? I tried a Fotodiox Nikon-to-m4/3 and found it had a ton of wiggle; had to upgrade to the Novoflex.


The regular Fotodiox adapters are nothing special, but the Pro ones have a good reputation. I have one which is fine.



Dec 02, 2012 at 08:03 AM
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Lee Saxon wrote:
Thanks! Does it feel pretty snug? I tried a Fotodiox Nikon-to-m4/3 and found it had a ton of wiggle; had to upgrade to the Novoflex.


Their M645 adapters are very good -- much better than all their other adapters (for small format lenses). No appreciable play except a tiny bit of tilting forward with my Mamiya 200/2.8 APO (if I leave it unsupported) because the lens is so front-heavy.
You'll pay ~350 euros for a Novoflex adapter for a negligable gain in quality. That's nearly 6 times more than a Fotodiox Pro adapter ($80). Again: I'm just talking about the M645 adapter here. For other (non-medium format) mounts the Novoflex adapters may be worth the money.


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Dec 02, 2012 at 04:08 PM
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+1 @ Fotodiox Pro series ... I've got them for Mamiya, Leica, Nikon, Oly & C/Y (to EF)
I didn't care for their regular one I tried once (Nikon to EF).



Dec 02, 2012 at 04:52 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


What about the Mamiya 150mm f/4? How does that compare?


Jan 09, 2013 at 12:53 PM
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trifilmer wrote:
What about the Mamiya 150mm f/4? How does that compare?


The Mamiya C 150/3.5 N is not nearly as good as the A 150/2.8, I've owned both. I don't know the Mamiya 150/4, which pre-dates the 150/3.5, but I can assure you that it's not as good as the A 150/2.8.



Jan 09, 2013 at 01:07 PM
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trifilmer wrote:
What about the Mamiya 150mm f/4? How does that compare?


I don't think that lens will be as good as the 150/2.8 because the latter is an A series lens (kind of like the Canon "L" equivalent for Mamiya), which means it uses special glass types (low dispersion) for better optical performance, while the 150/4 will be of the regular C type.



Jan 09, 2013 at 01:15 PM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


The 150A is an incredible portrait lens - not only deadly sharp and great CA control thanks to the ULD glass, but like most M645 glass, has awesome tonality and in thei case kicks-out great skin tones.

Bought and sold a lot of glass as I shifted over to Nikon, but my M645 120/4 and 150/2.8 A are 'never to be sold' keepers. Also, another vote for the Fotofiox Pro adapters.

No info on the 150/4, but the 150/3.5 while nice in own right and a lot of lens for very small $$, is not in the same league as the 2.8A.



Jan 09, 2013 at 01:48 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


Conner999 wrote:
... but my M645 120/4 and 150/2.8 A are 'never to be sold' keepers...


They're both good lenses. I suppose it just depends what you shoot and how. I have both but am only attached to the 120/4 A which I use regularly for 'product' shots, close ups of car details etc. If something happened to the 120 I would just replace it rather than search for a 'better' lens.

The 150/2.8 A gathers dust, but there's nothing wrong with it, I just don't use it much. IIRC the 150/2.8 vignettes relatively little wide open which may give it an edge over other lenses in that focal length.



Jan 09, 2013 at 08:53 PM
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p.1 #19 · p.1 #19 · Mamiya m645 150mm/f2.8 surprise


My favs are the A 120/4 Macro and A 200/2.8 APO. I occasionally use the A 150/2.8 with tilt on the Mirex adapter. I almost always use the A 120/4 and A 200 APO with "straight up" Fotodiox Pro adapters.


Jan 09, 2013 at 11:12 PM





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