Mamiya 135mm help!!

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by urbandiscooo, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. urbandiscooo

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    I am about to buy a c330 thats in great condition with a 135mm 4.5 Sekor lens. But the problem is, I cant hardly find ANY information about this lens. Do any of you have any experience (good or bad) with this lens and/or any pictures taken with it? I'm hoping its a good enough lens to use for portraits and such until I get an 80mm.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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  2. MattKing

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    I have a black, blue dot Mamiya 135mm lens for my Mamiya TLRs.

    I really like using it. It works well for portraits, as well as for landscape work. It is sharp, and gives good contrast.

    It is also reasonably small and light.

    It focuses as close as 90 cm, giving a 1:5.5 magnification ratio.

    The camera and lens you have pictured shows a C220 with a chrome series lens. Your post mentions a C330. Is the camera and lens pictured the one you are considering? If so, you should be aware that it is difficult to obtain parts for the shutters in the chrome series lenses.

    In case you don't already have it, here is a link to Graham Patterson's excellent Mamiya TLR resource:

    http://www.btinternet.com/~g.a.patterson/mfaq/m_faq-mamiya.html

    Graham also posts here on APUG.
     
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    I have that lens for my C220. I've used it mainly for portraits, and I find it very good in that application. I think it's a bit too long for general street shooting, but for that I use either the 80 or the 105. It's true that the "chrome lenses are difficult to have repaired. There are quite old and the supply of parts for them is scarce. But if the lens and shutter are in good condition, it should serve you well for a long time. These things were designed to be used by working event photographers and they're not all that delicate.
     
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    Hi Urban,
    Welcome to 6x6 and TLR. Based upon my experience, I think you shall find the 135s to be excellent lenses.
     
  5. urbandiscooo

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    haha, i just realized i posted a picture of a c220. My bad. I'm actually looking to buy a c330.

    For my needs though, its looking like I should just hold out for a 80mm. Funds are tight, I'm thinking I should just spend money on what fits my needs exactly
     
  6. Steve Smith

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    I would think a 135mm lens would be more suitable for portraits than an 80mm (although your exact intent might dictate otherwise).

    80mm on 6x6 format is usually considered to be a standard lens much like the 50mm lens is on 35mm film.


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    You can pick up a black 80mm lens for not much money later. Try keh.com.

    Steve
     
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    I've been using the black blue dot 135mm lens pair for more than twenty years and it's a wonderful portrait lens with the advantage that it takes the same hood as the standard 80mm lens.