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    Mamiya 7 + 43mm the best thing ever?

    Reading Ken Rockwell's review of the Mamiya 7 has suggested to me that this combination would be the best thing ever. So, I've been toying with the idea of getting this combo.

    The Mamiya 7 II just has a multi-exposure switch and a brighter viewfinder compared to the 7 from what I understand. I doubt this will be too much of an issue for me (not one worth 2x the cost of the body anyway). The 43mm lens he says is the best lens ever. Ridicusharp, flare-less, distortion-less, and wonderful at any and all apertures, focuses, subjects, etc.

    Has anyone ever scanned a picture shot with this lens at full resolution and put examples online? I'm curious. Currently, I have twin Mamiya 645's. I am considering making the move up since my primary use for the Mamiyas these days are star trail pics where I want a wide lens and big film resolution.

    Can anyone take a moment to sell me on how awesome this would be?

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    I don't own Mamiya 7 but I wouldn't base anything on Ken Rockwell's reviews. His reviews are very questionable at best. Many of his claims are really off the wall. Some of his product reviews were written before the products were released. (recent 50mm f/1.8G for example) Quite honestly, I don't know what to believe when he says something - even if he really had it in his hands and tested them or just going over spec sheets. I won't go into details here as he mostly reviews digital stuff.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

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    Should be good. I've heard a lot of good stuff about this lens and camera. I had an SWC for a bit and that lens was pretty darn good; the Mamiya 43 is thought of just as highly.

    The biggest issue I'd think about using this lens with the camera is that you have to focus with the internal finder and frame using an external finder. I do this with my Zeiss 21 and my CV 15 on my rangefinder. It's not the end of the world but it can be annoying every once in a while.

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    Here are four...they come from full rez scans of 100-300 megs. So, keep in mind flickr's top limit of 15 megs or so. It's a lovely combination, indeed. The need for a viewfinder is a hassle though, don't underestimate it...you'll never get the exact framing as you would on a Pentax 67. But when it works right, you can enlarge to large format sizes without batting an eyelash.
    http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=39265644@N00&q=43mm
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    Thank you. Samy's has one for rent locally and I'm going to try it out as soon as I get a free weekend. Lovely images there. Cheers.

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    I have tended to assume Ken Rockwell's reviewing efforts are some sort of elaborate practical joke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Kershaw View Post
    I have tended to assume Ken Rockwell's reviewing efforts are some sort of elaborate practical joke.

    Tom
    Agreed.

    I have the 43mm and the M7II and can say that the combo is damn near perfect. It reminds me of shooting a 4x5 wherein one can get the foreground and background sharp and in the same frame. As far as my eyes can tell, all of the negs produced are nice and contrasty, sharper than anything I've ever used.

    The M7II also has a better meter, since you can use it as a spot meter, using the center marker on the rangefinder as your spot.

    Check out my gallery, "Special Ruin" and "Three House Ruin" were both shot with the lens.
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    I really feel so bad and very sad and frustrated when i read posts about Mamiya 7 on forums, i have one [version II] but it doesn't work, and i must send it for repair but i can't, so i just keep reading about people using it, i bought 65mm lens as the first one and it will be one of my most lens to use, but the most favorite or let's say the second fav best lens i gonna buy later will be 43mm definitely.

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    the 43mm is God's own lens, no doubt. it's The reason to own the Mamiya 7 system, really. Fantastically sharp into the deepest corners of the negs, it's as good as wide angle gets on medium format, bar none.

    BTW the viewfinder on the 7 and 7II are essentially identical the 7II has a polarizing film on it, but other than that, no difference. I have both, and in practical terms they are interchangable.

    The meter is the same between both 7 and 7II, contrary to what was implied above.

    Yes, the external viewfinder is a bit of a hassle but for what you are using it for it won't be a big issue at all. Even in normal use it's pretty quick to deal with it that way.

    Definitely worth getting the 7 and 43mm combo!

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    Is it? I have a friend with a M7 and compared it to my M7II and it was showing different readings when pointed around the scene. I assumed they had changed something. Thanks for the correction, Ed.
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