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Yakim Peled
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Is the 150/3.5 N a good lens?


This lens sometimes be had at very cheap prices. Sometimes even less than the 80/2.8 N. In fact, both are the cheapest N lenses.

http://www.keh.com/Product-Details/1/MS0600002050005/MS06/FE.aspx

In the case of the 80/2.8 N I understand that it is the 50/1.8 equivalent of the 35mm world but the 150 is almost double the FL, just half stop slower and is still incredibly cheap. I was always taught that TANSTAAFL and have seen it to be true in many cases. Question is, what am I missing?

Happy shooting,
Yakim.




Feb 23, 2010 at 09:26 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Is the 150/3.5 N a good lens?


Hi Yakim. You're missing hands-on experience. The C 150/3.5N is a nice lens, but not nearly as good as the A 150/2.8. Here's two comparison shots of these lenses, on a 5D with 5 deg tilt, f/8, 1/5 sec, and ISO 400. The first image is the full photo. The two following images compare the C 150/3.5N (top panel) and A 150/2.8 (bottom panel). The first composite image is a 100% crop of the very top left corner, and the second is the same at the top right, with the image for the C shifted slightly in, away from the extreme corner, to match the A 150/2.8 framing.

The C 150/3.5N is less expensive than the A 150/2.8, but the "A" is worth every cent.
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Feb 23, 2010 at 10:53 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Is the 150/3.5 N a good lens?


Interesting. I thought that at f/8 the differences would be indistinguishable. TANSTAAFL works like charm, isn't it?

BTW, what does A stand for? APO? And what about S?

Happy shooting,
Yakim.




Feb 23, 2010 at 11:39 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Is the 150/3.5 N a good lens?


A means ULD glass, like the 120/4 A macro vs a true "APO" white (in MF 645) lens like the 200mm, 300mm and 500mm APOs.

People often refer to the 150/2.8 A and 120/4 A as "APO" and while they do an excellent job at CA control, they are not technically an APO lens - at least as Mamiya (vs 1001 armchair experts) defines it. Owning the 150/2.8A - I'd agree with JC - it is a VERY nice hunk of glass.



Feb 23, 2010 at 12:02 PM
 

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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Is the 150/3.5 N a good lens?


The 150/3.5 is a brilliant lens for what it's designed for. Which is portraiture. The A 150/2.8 is definitely sharper (as well as a 20 year newer design)


Feb 23, 2010 at 02:08 PM
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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Is the 150/3.5 N a good lens?


20 year newer design? No wonder it is better.

Happy shooting,
Yakim.



Feb 23, 2010 at 02:20 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Is the 150/3.5 N a good lens?


mawz wrote:
The 150/3.5 is a brilliant lens for what it's designed for. Which is portraiture. The A 150/2.8 is definitely sharper (as well as a 20 year newer design)


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Feb 23, 2010 at 05:55 PM





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