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    I never used the W version, but i have the ULD version and its one of the sharpest lenses ive ever used...or seen prints from. i would put it toe to toe with the mamiya 7 lenses that are known for being uber sharp or even the hasselblad wide primes.

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    OK, PM'd a link to scans from the 65 M-LA and 50 W. If anyone else wants them, let me know.

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    I had both at the same time (And also a full Mamiya 7 kit for comparison too). the non-ULD 50 is not bad. Certainly if you can get it for under $300, it's worth it. Overall a good lens. the ULD 50 is better, particularly in the corners, and has a bit more contrast. Stopped-down it's on par with the Mamiya 7 lenses. If you can get the ULD 50 for under $550, that's a good deal. The 65/L-A is a fantastic lens too, perhaps a touch sharper than the 50ULD but really so close it would be a toss-up. Hard to go wrong with any of these really.

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    It's alright, but the corners on mine are definitely not sharp, even stopped down to f/11. I can't complain much considering I got it for a good price, but if edge-to-edge sharpness is a priority get the ULD version. Focus plane flatness really doesn't matter that much if you're shooting landscapes at f/22.


    Oak Cliff Court by RHITMrB, on Flickr

    I suggest clicking through and looking at the 1600px version.

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    Corner to corner sharpness may be one thing. I have taken shots with the 65 L-A where the floating element ring was accidentally left in a completely wrong position and the corners were not just unsharp, they looked atrocious, stretched out and like the most awful bokeh ever. I see this effect somewhat in the tree image above, especially in the upper corners. This is not perspective distortion and I sure hope the ULD does this better.
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    I have this lens 50mm for my Mamiya RZ, it is the most lens used over 180mm.

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