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| p.2 #14 · RhinoCam: 645 Medium Format back with Sony NEX body! |
So if you go with the Mamiya 645 which focal length (I know you can use any of them, but lets say you only want one). Also I guess you would stay away from a focal plane shutter?? Yes/ no, opinions please.
I think you meant to say "stay away from leaf shutters". I agree with that. The focal plane shutter is in the camera (if it has one), at the focal plane.
Like many previous posters, especially Michael and Kent, I really like the Mamiya M645 lenses. Here's what's in my lens case.
Mamiya-Sekor C 35/3.5 N
Mamiya-Sekor C 55/2.8 N
Mamiya-Sekor C 80/2.8
Mamiya-Sekor C 80/2.8 N
Mamiya-Sekor C 80/4 N Macro
Mamiya A 120/4 Macro
Mamiya A 150/2.8
Mamiya A 200/2.8 APO
They're all excellent lenses. The 'A' series lenses are fantastic; they're at least as good as the best "35mm" format lenses from Canon, Leica, and Zeiss.
I normally use the 35/3.5 N, 55/2.8 N, 80/2.8 N, and A 150/2.8 with a Mirex Tilt-Shift adapter. I generally use the macros and A 200/2.8 APO 'straight up' with Fotodiox Pro adapters. As Michael mentioned earlier, it would be nice if the A 200/2.8 APO had a tripod mount collar. I have a Hejnar long lens support strut + 90 deg block for use with the APO on a tripod, as shown in the attached photo.
I probably won't buy a RhinoCam, unless they do release an X-mount camera version, and even then it's not very likely. I'm pretty well set for making panoramas, often with M645 lenses and shift on the Mirex for one direction, and changes in elevation or azimuth for the other direction, if it's a two-direction pano. OTOH, as mentioned by Kent, having the lens fixed in space and the camera moving around behind it does remove parallax problems, especially with subject matter in both the near field and in the far field. I sometimes move the camera on the tripod head to compensate for shift movement, when I'm using lateral shift.
Mamiya M645 A 200/2.8 APO with hood extension on Hejnar long lens support