Well I found a great deal on a 180mm "C" from Adorama so got it. I still have my eye out for a 50 or 65mm
Probably your best choice would be the 127. But.. all three lens will do the job, the film format will allow you to enlarge to whatever you need with little decrease in quality.
Originally Posted by stradibarrius
My favorite rb lens? the 65. then the 127 (so damned sharp) The 50 never quite does it justice, and all others are too tele for my likeness. But then again, I have always been a 35/105 shooter in 135 format.
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I have a 127mm and actually like the framing with the 90mm better when trying to get the entire violin in the shot. If I am just trying to get a shot of the body the 127 is excellent.
the price on everything with the RB67 seems to be increasing a bit. I guess at this point in time there is a bit more demand for the camera and lenses. The 65mm seems to be a better bargain right now and I also like the 35mm lens in the 35mm format.
Barry this will be an unconventional suggestion but... you can de-pin an rz 110/2.8 and that makes a very fun little lens on the rb. The depinning is extremely easy.
Here are the downsides:
1) You won't be able to focus past ~20 ft or so (you lose infinity focus)... maybe not a big deal if you are mostly doing macro etc.
2) You'll only have the mechanical override speed on the lens, which I never use, I just hand shutter. Again if you are doing macro then you're easily into 1-2 sec exposures so it's not a problem. It would be a problem if you were shooting slide IMHO.
3) To stop the lens down per the aperture dial, you need to rig a way to hold the DOF preview lever down. I do this with a paper clip.
The pros are numerous though: it's very fast, which makes critical focusing that much easier. It's a real pleasure to focus, and if you are like me, you will feel great temptation simply to shoot it wide open.
Concerning the overall lens characteristics of the 110/2.8, I'd say it's pretty dreamy, with all the pros/cons that this implies. It's not super incisive, and I don't get the feeling that it sharpens up especially when you stop down... it is best suited for gentle / portrait renditions. The tonality is nice, as is the bokeh. It is not to be compared to the 140 macro though, no way. Nor the 127. If you want critical sharpness at 1:1 the 110 is not the right choice. But if you like the OOF rendering and dimensionality...
One other pro: it's very inexpensive. Probably the lowest cost of the rz lenses. That said, it was so inexpensive that I just picked up an rz body specifically for this lens and the 50 uld (which, as I mentioned, is lacking in the rb lineup).
I have been looking at tat RZ body but the lenses are so expensive I will have to wait for the economy to improve and business to return.
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Well, it depends. I bought my RZ67 + 120 back + WLF + 90/3.5 for 350 euros last summer. I thought it was pretty decent price. Recently I bought a 250/4.5 for 115 euros, so you just need to keep looking if you find the prices high.
Huge fan of the 50mm. I'm a wide angle slut. I also have the 250mm, and love it. The only other lens that I jones for is the 37mm (I think that's right) fish eye. Like I said I'm a WA slut.
My most used lens on my RB67 is my 50mm C, and my second most used lens is my 250mm C. I also have a 90mm non-C, a 127mm C, and a 180mm C for portraits. I borrowed my friend's 65mm C, but I didn't like the AOV as much as I do with a 35mm lens on 135 format (the 35mm f/2 in 135 format is one of my favorite lenses).
I too, started with the 180mm first and purchased the 90mm second (bought at retail prices) and used them for portraits mostly. A few years later when used lens prices were a bargain I bought a few more in this order: 65mm, 250mm, 360mm (w/2x converter), 140 macro, 100-200 zoom. The 50mm never attracted me because I don't like image distortion (when I go for a wider view I prefer a 6x8 view camera w/65mm and 47mm lenses - for more control).
Originally Posted by EricO
My favorites, and most used, are the 65mm, 180mm and 360mm. The 180 is the sharpest of all (KL lenses). The 250mm and zoom are hardly ever used because they add too much weight to my backpack.
If I was to choose only two lenses it would be the 65mm and 180mm (lightest of all) and maybe an extension tube. Very useful focal lengths for general shooting.
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I am actually looking for a 4th lens for my system. Currently I have 50mm, 90mm and 180mm. I am looking at the 65mm but I'm also looking into the 250mm. At the moment I mainly use my RB for landscape work, however, I will soon be doing more studio work. Which one do you find more useful overall?
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