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    Quote Originally Posted by TimmyMac View Post
    Your up-to-$1000 budget is enough for an RZ with the 50mm ULD, an incredible lens, AND a used 6x7 enlarger. That's probably your best bet.

    I hear the Pentax 67 45mm lens is great too.
    Thanks - was just researching the 50 ULD as your post popped up! Great to have a first hand opinion of it. Actually I have a Beseler 67 sitting in the garage - it's not in great shape but might be a good restoration project....

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    I am very happy with the 45mm f/2.8 N lens for my Mamiya 645.
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    Another heads-up for the Pentax 67 and SMC 67 55mm f4 (28mm in 35mm terms). This combo isn't as bulky as the Mamiya, nor as unnecessarily pricey as a Hassy. The lens is far removed in optical performance from earlier Pentax primes (e.g. 45mm) with edge to edge sharpness wide open or f22. It can be obtained for around $400.
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    Thanks Matt and Gary.

    @Matt - This was one of the first options I considered. However some users have reported less than stellar edge performance on the Mamiya 45mm lens. Have you had problems with that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew.roos View Post
    Thanks Matt and Gary.

    @Matt - This was one of the first options I considered. However some users have reported less than stellar edge performance on the Mamiya 45mm lens. Have you had problems with that?
    Andrew:

    I started originally with one of the older, 645 "C" 45mm lenses (the ones that take a 77mm filter). I was happy with it, but didn't like the size.

    I replaced that lens with a newer, 645 "N" 45mm lenses (the ones that take a 67mm filter). I have been very happy with it.

    I should warn you though that I rarely shoot flat-field subjects with wide angle lenses, so I rarely pay extremely close attention to the corners, unless there are obvious clear problems.
    Matt

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    Ansel Adams, from the introduction to The Negative - The New Ansel Adams Photography Series / Book 2

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    If you don't mind zone focusing, you may want to look at Fotoman. They have some interesting models including a 6x6 that can take 23mm to 65mm lenses--I would check image circle stats:

    www.fotoman.cc

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrew.roos View Post
    Thanks for all the excellent suggestions so far.

    @ic-racer - Good idea, I hadn't considered the Russian lenses. I'll take a closer look at them.
    @Hikari - Good suggestion, but not sure I'm quite ready for a view camera. I'm still getting used to the thought of roll film, let along sheet... Yes I know one can use a roll film back, but if I'm going to cart a 4x5 around, I may as well benefit from 4x5 negs!
    @Jeff - I have looked longingly at the RB/RZ. Still do. Just not sure the additional weight will be justified in a field camera if I only shoot 6x6.
    @David - Thanks, I didn't know that. Sounds great, will look into it.
    @Paul - Yes, that's how my current thinking is going, although perhaps with the 40 PS lens.
    @Keith - Thanks, I had a look at the review of the Arsat but the pronounced barrel distortion / fisheye rules it out for me. I'll be printing directly from film so won't be able to apply the computerised corrections they use in the review. RZ very appealing.

    Thanks for all the contributions and please keep the suggestions coming.

    Andrew
    I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattKing View Post
    Andrew:

    I started originally with one of the older, 645 "C" 45mm lenses (the ones that take a 77mm filter). I was happy with it, but didn't like the size.

    I replaced that lens with a newer, 645 "N" 45mm lenses (the ones that take a 67mm filter). I have been very happy with it.

    I should warn you though that I rarely shoot flat-field subjects with wide angle lenses, so I rarely pay extremely close attention to the corners, unless there are obvious clear problems.
    Thanks Matt, I appreciate your help.

    (For me it's not so much about flat field subjects, but rather compositions were the centre of interest may be quite off-centre in the frame, but still needs to be sharp.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hikari View Post
    If you don't mind zone focusing, you may want to look at Fotoman. They have some interesting models including a 6x6 that can take 23mm to 65mm lenses--I would check image circle stats:

    www.fotoman.cc
    Thanks Hikari, I'll have a look although I think I would prefer an SLR.

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    Pentax SMC-A 645 45mm f2.8

    Given your budget and desire for a 6x45 or 6x6 negative, the Pentax 45mm for the P645 might fit the bill. I tried my 45mm on a P645 D to see how it compared against my other lenses for my P645 and was blown away when I pixel peeped it. This matched what I was seeing in my negatives. I have not done proper testing but the manual focus 45mm lens is very good. Current prices are reasonable, approximately $250 for the lens and about $400-500 for a body. I am very happy with the ruggedness and handling of my P645N.

    Probably outside your price range unless you get a good deal, and not as rugged as the P645 is a Mamiya 6 with a 50mm lens. That lens is outstandingly sharp.

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