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    Well, I guess I have to keep pondering then. Thank you all again!

    A converter sure saves a lot of weight but those are expensive grams. Fortunately, I'm in no rush as the rain will be pouring down the next 4-5 months and I'll be working way too much. My next big goal is to shoot puffins up north in May and I'd like to be able to frame a little tighter than I can today.

    Something struck me today when I was reading comments on these lenses. The makro-planar is optimised for short distances, I can understand that, as well as a 100mm being optimized for longer. The question is how big the difference would be between a close-focused makro-planar and a 100mm focused on infinity with an appropriate extension tube to cover the same area? What are the advantages of the makro-planar (if there are any)? Contrast, resolution, sharpness?
    The camera is merely the means of capturing the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EmilGil View Post
    Thank you all for your opinions, I appreciate it.

    ,,, The drawback is the combined weight of over 3kg (almost 7lb), which is 800gr (1.8lb) more than the three lens setup I was thinking about.
    Consider it part of your physical fitness program. I do.

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    From my experience the 120 makro planar is not good at infinity focus. I found it at best acceptable. The makro planar excells at macro work. I have not tested the 100mm at close up distances so I can not give you an informed answer on that lens at that distance. At greater distances the 100mm is excellent and is superior to the 80mm planar.

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    IMO you're not getting much of a "jump" from the 120 if you go for the 180. I've never used the 180 so can't really comment on it, but I do have the 250CF and I've never been disappointed with this lens.
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    I've sold most of my blad kit but I did have a 40, 60, 80, 120, which I loved, an older 150 silver that wasn't sharp enough, a 165 which was OK at best and a 250. The 40, 60, 120, 165 and 250 I bought new.
    I found I didn't use the 250 very much... I bought it for portraits but ended up using it mostly on a remote camera when shooting NBA or NHL. If I was still shooting with the system I would get the 180.

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    I have the 180mm which I find really sharp and better than the 150mm. I needed a slightly more reach over the 150mm that is why I got it for location portraits. I shot with the 250mm lens, but found it too much of a reach for my needs. So now I am down to a swc, 50, 80 and 180mm lens. Am waiting to purchase a teleconverter from a retired photog who never really used his.

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