Mamiya 645 80/2.8 vs 80/1.9?

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by olwick, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. olwick

    olwick Member

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    Any thoughts on these two lenses (N versions)? Aside from the DOF differences, of course. How is the image quality at like apertures?

    Thanks,

    Mark
     
  2. zsas

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    As an owner of the 1.9 (non-N), I have to say that when wide open it is hard to focus because the DOF is +/- 1 inch! However, when I nail a photograph wide open, it sure is a joy. Is the extra stop worth the extra $, only you can decide that. I bet, both lenses at 2.8, of the same scene, wd be hard to distinguish

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    Like a fine musical instrument the f/1.9 can be hard to master, but when you do it sings.
     
  4. MattKing

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    With respect to issues of handling and practicality:
    1) The 2.8 lens uses the fairly standard 58mm filters, while the 1.9 version uses larger 67mm filters;
    2) The 1.9 lens is larger and almost twice as heavy; and
    3) The Mamiya 645 focus assist lever fits on the 2.8 lens but won't fit on the 1.9 lens.
     
  5. NJS

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    I owned 80/1.9C for few years, it was a great lens wide open and it got better even closed down, I can only suspect N version would do better.
    The only 2 reasons why I ditched all of my M645 gear were that I hated 6x4.5 framing and I got a nice offer to swap whole kit for even nicer SQ-A kit.