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    Mamiya 80mm f/1.9 opinions

    I'm considering getting a M645 just for that lens speed.



    Anyone have opinions on this lens wide open?

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    It's not bad wide open.
    The issue some have is the bokeh can get "nervous" with some backgrounds so you need to set up your shots carefully.

    It's tough to nail focus wide open if you are close.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/brucemu...7624100104874/

    This was shot either 1.9 or close to it.

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    If I were to get this lens, I'd like to shoot wide open.. otherwise it's an f/2.8 lens (also wide open) + 645 system.. like the M645 again or a ETRS etc.

    I could use the +3 stops over f/4.5 over current setup for low light.

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    Prices is the US when I got mine (around 12 months back) were around 150-165 USD on ePrey so it's worth giving one a shot.

    The one I got has a large booger(cant be dust) in it but I haven't used it enough to determine if it's effecting IQ.

    See if you can score a newer "N" version, coatings should be better although I haven't done any real flare tests with mine yet.

    I thinks it's definitely worth a try.

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    Regarding the 1.9, I would say worth it (for speed), however the it is manual focus lens (if you want precise), therefore it compensates in another way.

    Please visit all in 1.9.. http://www.flickr.com/photos/uchan31032007/page2/

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    I don't have the lens myself but friends tell me it is a great lens.

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    Is it indeed the fastest MF lens? I find it amusing if so, seeing as the Ermanox had an 85mm, 1.8 in the 20's along with 100mm f/2.

    I owned one briefly, but returned it because the camera was broken. Nary a roll went through it. But I bought into the system for this lens. period.

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    DOF is REALLY shallow at 1.9. You won't get eyes and nose in focus at the same time. Fun lens though - shooting in light normally only possible in 35mm

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    It's a great lens - makes the Mamiya the only MF camera I can use practically for shooting theatre...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Athiril View Post
    If I were to get this lens, I'd like to shoot wide open.. otherwise it's an f/2.8 lens (also wide open) + 645 system.. like the M645 again or a ETRS etc.

    I could use the +3 stops over f/4.5 over current setup for low light.
    The 2.8 is great wide open if you can stand being a stop slower. Although I haven't used the f1.9.

    If you can see this pic it was shot wide open on the 2.8.

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