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| p.1 #14 · Mamiya 7 Close focus photos (43mm) |
The 50mm was released late, perhaps after Mamiya realised how popular the small M7 system was becoming, there are few of them around. The 43mm is great, they all are...the 65mm was a fabulous allrounder, being about 32mm equivalence in 35mm photography.
Lens tests see the MTF going through the roof for most of these lenses...I felt the 43mm was the flashy member, like an f1.2 lens in 35mm shooting. It is very wide for the aspect ratio of 4:5, you better have plenty of foreground interest.
With near normal FLs, leaf shutters, great ergonomics and handholdability, portability better than a pro C/N digital, very quiet operation, superb smoothness of the shutter release, rear elements ultra close to the film plane - so close you had to check used lenses for defects there as they often were damaged in lens changes - every Mamiya 7 user should invest in a.......Sony RX1! Or RX2 perhaps, as yet a dream or prototype on the drawing boards in Sony HQ.
Some great ideas get reborn anew every so often.
'Anyway my point is to suggest that the RZ67 is not a great camera..'
This is referred to in the literature as a 'Freudian slip' ;-)