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    Are RZ67 lens as good as RB67 lenses?

    I have had an RB 67 for several years and really love it and fell the lenses are excellent. I am just curious if RZ lenses are as good optically as the RB?
    I have an opportunity to pick up and RZ body for a steal.
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    No, you can only go the other way. (RB lens on RZ bodies) sorry.


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    I don't understand your answer??? I didn't ask about putting an RZ lens on an RB bodie. I am wondering about the image quality comparison of the 2 lenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    I don't understand your answer??? I didn't ask about putting an RZ lens on an RB bodie. I am wondering about the image quality comparison of the 2 lenses.
    Sorry, fail, I don't know why I read it that you wanted to buy an RZ lens for an RB body...

    Anyway yes RZ's with a W are like the late model RB's that were better quality.

    If it has something other than W then it's even better than the RB's


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    The good news is that if you buy an RZ body, you can use your old RB lenses. RZ bodies aren't that expensive. But in terms of lens quality, as far as I know, RB and RZ lenses are excellent. I highly suggest it. With RZ bodies, you don't have to cock the shutter and wind the film back. I've used them for over 30 years and my only regret is the size of the beasts.
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    I absolutely love my RB and would keep it above any other of my film cameras if I had to choose. Will my RB lens connect directly to the RZ body?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    I absolutely love my RB and would keep it above any other of my film cameras if I had to choose. Will my RB lens connect directly to the RZ body?
    Yes, but you still have to cock the shutter. When using RZ lenses on an RZ you don't have to manually cock the shutter.

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    If you want a sharp lens then pick up a 110mm for the RZ. Fantastic lens!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stradibarrius View Post
    I absolutely love my RB and would keep it above any other of my film cameras if I had to choose. Will my RB lens connect directly to the RZ body?
    I answered this in my first reply haha


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    That's... a bizarre question. The implication being that Mamiya decided it maybe wasn't going to do QC any more once it went to electronic bodies or something? Why would the quality be poorer in the newer, improved product?

    Many of the designs are optically identical to the latest RB K/L versions (e.g. 65 M-LA, 180 W-N, 250 APO, etc); the only substantive change being the use of an electronic shutter instead of clockwork, which makes your exposures more accurate.

    Going to the RZ gets you the 110/2.8 and 50 ULD, neither of which were physically possible on the RB due to (IIRC) the physical size of the throat in the mount. IMHO the 110 is wonderful (I use it 80% of the time) but it is certainly not the sharpest RZ lens by any stretch of the imagination.

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