Contemplating A Mamiya Purchase

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  1. Snapshot

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    Hi All,

    I'm contemplating the purchase of a Mamiya 645 AF-D system (not the AF-D II). The system is in excellent shape (most items in near mint condition). The components are as follows:

    - Mamiya 645 AF-D body and prism
    - 80mm 2.8 lens w/shade
    - 2 backs with 120-220 inserts with an extra insert
    - 105-210mm 4.5 ULD AF zoom lens w/shade
    - 55mm 2.8 AF lens

    The system will cost $2350 USD. I'm wondering if this is a good deal and should be scooped up.

    Any comments would be appreciated.
     
  2. Pinholemaster

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    Have you tried this system to see if it fits your way of seeing?

    I don't know the 645 system, but the glass on my Mamiya system is excellent.

    Good luck.
     
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    I have one almost exactly as you describe but also have a wider lens and the macro. You have all you will need with these 3 lenses and you can't touch a new one for that money...EC
     
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    Unfortunately, it not a local purchase so I can't try out the system. However, the Mamiya system is reputed to be excellent and I did handle a 645 AF-D a couple years back when I was in London.

    Decisions, decisions...
     
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  5. mawz

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    That looks like an excellent kit. The deal looks reasonable, about what I'd expect to pay for that setup.

    Mamiya's 645 stuff is excellent, the 55 in particular is a superb lens (I have the 55/2.8 N in M645 non-AF mount, it's very sharp. Same optics as the AF 55).
     
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    Do I read your list correctly that the 80mm lens is non AF?

    I am very happy with my (non AF) Mamiya 645 equipment, but I might find using a non AF lens in stop down mode on an AF body somewhat frustrating.

    Also, unlike most of the non AF bodies, the AF bodies have fixed prisms, so a waist level finder isn't an option.

    It looks like a good kit, but you should be aware of the above before you decide.

    Matt
     
  7. Snapshot

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    Pardon the ommission, the 80mm lens is AF as well. I'll remember these limitations of the system for any future purchases. Thanks for your input. :smile: