Small review of the Mamiya 50mm f/4.5 ULD (RZ)
First off, I'm not too sure if this is the right place to put this but I thought I would write up a little review of this lens since I had a little bit of a hard time finding information regarding this lens. If the moderators feel like this isn't the best place for this post, please feel free to move it.
When I bought my RZ67 kit, it came with the 110mm f/2.8 lens. It's a great lens and I really enjoy it but recently I found myself wanting a wide angle more and more. So I debated between the 65mm and 50mm and wound up deciding on the 50mm.
I would browse eBay from time to time to see how prices were and last week I found one for sale for $375. I offered the seller $350 and he accepted. From what I have seen online, this is a pretty good deal :)
As you guys know, 50mm on the RZ comes out to a focal length of ~24mm on a 35mm film camera. The 110mm is an ~50mm equivalent. The following photo illustrates how wide the 50mm really is:
It’s a bit ugly but hey it’s the function that counts right?
Anyways, I went to Ann Arbor with a couple friends this past weekend and I decided it was a good time to use the lens. Please keep in mind these are not my best photos, it was more of a trial to see what I could get from this lens.
I shot these on Ilford XP2 Super shot at 800 instead of the rated 400. I also used a Hoya K2 filter with these.
The lens itself was really a joy to shoot with. The floating optics ring took some getting used to, basically after focusing I had to look at the distance scale on the side of the camera, see how far the subject was, and then dial in that distance on the floating optics ring. Other than that I was pretty surprised to see the the lack of any major distortion with this lens. Yes all wide rectilinear lenses will have distortion but this lens does a pretty good job keeping that distortion to a minimum.
Other than that the lens was very sharp and had tons of contrast (I also shot a roll of Ektar 100) and the colors looked great. Overall I have to say this is a really great lens and I'm happy I bought it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a wide angle for their RZ!