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    Default mamiya 645 120mm F/4 macro lens

    hi everyone,

    I am thinking of getting this Mamiya 645 120mm F/4 macro lens ( manual lens ). The reviews claims that it is sharp. The price seems reachable for me.

    F/4 seems a little bit dark.

    Anyone have experience using this lens, please share your experience here..

    many thanks in advance.
    Billy

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    Hi Billy,

    f/4 was kinda 'standard' in thise days for a 135mm format 100mm macro lens, and f/3.5 for 50mms.

    On a 645, f/4 was actually just that little bit 'fast' (in comparison to 135mm lenses). An f/2 or f/2.8 equivalent would not only cost you a triple mortgage, but would be really huge and heavy (for the focal length).

    I doubt if you would have much problems with the f/4 thingie. Besides, with the crazy soft bokeh of medium formats, you might find yourself shooting closed down a bit most of the time.

    I can't think of a single major manufacturer's macro lense that wasn't unforgivingly sharp.

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    Default Re: mamiya 645 120mm F/4 macro lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Dream Merchant View Post
    Hi Billy,

    f/4 was kinda 'standard' in thise days for a 135mm format 100mm macro lens, and f/3.5 for 50mms.

    On a 645, f/4 was actually just that little bit 'fast' (in comparison to 135mm lenses). An f/2 or f/2.8 equivalent would not only cost you a triple mortgage, but would be really huge and heavy (for the focal length).

    I doubt if you would have much problems with the f/4 thingie. Besides, with the crazy soft bokeh of medium formats, you might find yourself shooting closed down a bit most of the time.

    I can't think of a single major manufacturer's macro lense that wasn't unforgivingly sharp.
    thanks buddy.

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    Default Re: mamiya 645 120mm F/4 macro lens

    You're welcome Billy, and it was my pleasure.

    Have fun with your new acquisition!

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