50mm vs 65mm on Mamiya RB67

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  1. kwall

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    Hi all,

    If anyone has used both the 50mm and 65mm Mamiya-Sekors, I'm interested in a comparison. Other than the focal length, which is obviously a consideration, are there significant differences between the two? The 50mm 4.5c has a good reputation and I'm leaning that way, but I'd like to more opinions. I'm sure there are a lot of those here. :wink:

    Thanks!

    Kurt
     
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    I have and use both, frequently. The 50 feels really wide, wider than the lens equivalency charts would have you think. For general use, the 65 is quite wide.
     
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    Get the 65 and the 6x8 back. I am not a fan of the rb 50s (compared with the amazing 50 uld on the rz,at least) but it might work well for you, especially for b&w work.

    The 65 is excellent and is also rather inexpensive for what it delivers.
     
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    I will admit, my references are somewhat skewed, as I now primarily shoot 7x7 with the RB and the Dicomed Scan Back, haven't actually put a roll of film in a back in quite some time. And before you ask Keith, yes I still have a pile of 120 and 220 backs.
     
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    I don't have the 65 but I'm a wide angle type of guy, so I have a 50.

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    I tried both and went for the 50mm. The image quality is so good I can always crop a 65mm view out of the 50mm but not the other way around,
     
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    The 65 is more likely to be used as a standard lens by me - I use a 35mm lens as a standard lens on 35mm film.

    I've had my 50mm lens longer than I've had my 65mm lens, and I really like it.
     
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    I have and use both. Like so many other "what (fill in the blank) should I use" questions, it's really up to you. I use these two, and a 90 and a 180 depending on what I need to frame the picture at hand. YMMV.
     
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    Indeed, David. Thanks for reminding me. I understand I ultimately make the decision based on my own needs and interests, but I can still profit from others' experiences and input. As an MF noob and an eager film convert, I'd be imprudent not to take advantage of the wisdom and experience here.

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    Thanks everyone! This was the input (and examples) for which I was hoping. At least at KEH, an LN- or better 65mm and is slightly less expensive than an EX+ 50mm, so I think I'm going to go with the 65mm. Thanks again!

    Kurt
     
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    Good choice. Be happy. Don't forget the 6x8 back if you can find one. May be able to adapt a 6x9 back as well.