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Katie, glad you sorted your adapter woes. Looking forward to more pics from you with the CV50.
Cal, lovely rendering with the Canon 85 1.2, really smooth looking. Please share more pics with this lens!
Charles, excellent series and glad to hear that you are happy with the M240 and 50DR combo. #1 & 2 from first set and the B&W from 2nd set are great! I would suggest keeping the Monochrom, not as a backup but another setup for vintage lenses and when there is no light
Joakim, beautiful fall (autumn) colors (colours)!
Ryan, excellent set with the Monochrom. #2 is my favorite. Hope your M(240) returns soon.
I'd suggest trying to get a 80/2 Contax645 lens.. In fact any Contax 645 lens is great, but my favorite is the 80/2
The autofocus hassy 100/2 is a good lens as well, but for the price, I'd just pick up a 80/2 Contax..
Enjoy the camera, and can't wait to see more pictures!
Thanks Adam. Sell me one of your Contax 80/2 lens? . Contax 645 AF lenses are nice, very smooth but I think they are showing their age when compared to the Hassy H or Leica S lenses? I'll get a set at some point, especially the 80/2 and 120/4 Macro. On the S2, with the crop factor, we do lose a little of the Contax 80/2 magic, but its still a very nice lens, great for portraits. I'm not really considering the Hassy H lenses as they are slower than the S counterparts and also quite pricey. Might as well go for the S lenses. I'll also want to try the Hassy Zeiss 110/2 at some point.
I also like the 80 1.9(?) Mamiya manual focus lens, it's pretty nifty, but I could never get sharp shots anywhere past half body...
I find focusing the 80 1.9 on the S2 quite easy. The VF on the S2 is one of the best I have used. Its really bright that I can actually see the focus plane most of the time without needing to look at the focus confirmation light.
I'm actually not sure which adapters are currently available?!
I think I mentioned earlier, dumb adapters either from Leica or 3rd party are available for Mamiya 645, Pentax 67 and Hassy V lenses. Electronic AF adapters with lens exif are available for Hassy H and Contax 645 AF. Leica had to reverse engineer these electronic adapters. In Hasselblad's case, they did not want to provide Leica with information.
I borrowed and played with a S camera and a bunch of lenses for a while, on two occasions. I found that for my style of shooting it was difficult to use. The autofocus was slow and inconsistent, and harder to manual focus then other 645 cameras. It's a lot easier to manual focus the contax, so I stuck with that.. And after selling my hassy digital, I'm looking actively for a digital back for my contax... Just to have. BUT with that said, I really did like the files I got from the S, and I really did LOVE...Show more →
For me the S2 is an excellent compromise into medium format. I looked at Pentax645 first but decided against for lack of lens compatibility, files are very 35mm with 14bit color instead of 16bit, extremely slow RAW buffer. I don't shoot billboards or fashion, so I don't need the Phase One/ Leaf backs, plus the Phase DF body needs serious updating. Hassy is great but I prefer the simplicity of the S2, especially for the DSLR form factor, weather sealing and the superb S lenses.
I agree autofocus on the S2 or any medium format digital is slow, but I find it usable for my needs. I'm not interested in adapting a digital back for the Contax, just too much hassle, and its hard to find parts. I would suggest getting a S2 or a S as a new body for your Contax lenses. If you like your 50APO, you'll like all of the S lenses.
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S2 Mamiya 80 1.9
S2 Summarit 70-CS. First pic was a high ISO test. Shot at 640, pushed 2 stops in LR.
I quite like the grain when converter to B&W
Picked up a SF58 to use with the S2
Trying out central shutter @1/350s with SF58