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Opinions on Phase Schneider 55mm LS vs 45mm LS Lenses

I wanted to ask the wise and experienced medium format photographers if there are any opinions regarding the Phase One 45mm f3.5 LS versus the 55mm f2.8 LS lenses? I am specifically referring to the newer Phase One Blue Ring Schneider LS lenses. I like the idea that the 55mm lens is more compact and lighter, but I believe that the 45mm lens is a newer lens design. Thanks for your input.
 

Paul2660

Well-known member
I have the 55 LS, have shot the 45BR. If you can afford it buy the 45mm, it's in the same league as the 35mm BR.

The 55mm I have is good, but I would purchase a newer 55mm if it came with the quality of the 35mm and 45mm. As I have the 35mm, the 45mm is too close in focal length at least for me.

The 55mm LS lenses seem to have a lot of sample variation also, so I would work with a dealer who can work with you.

Paul Caldwell
 

ejpeiker

Member
If either will do the job for you, the new 45 f/3.5 BR is the better lens - also much bigger and heavier!
 

DougDolde

Well-known member
I picked up a like new 45mm D for about a grand. 55mm just it too long for landscapes at least the way I see. And it's really small. Great lens
 
I am getting the sense that the 45mm LS lens is the way the go, as it is a newer generation optic. The only drawback is that it is heavy! If I am hiking in the mountains, at least it is lighter than the 35mm LS. I am still going to be feeling the burn-especially with the 150mm LS lens.
 

Christopher

Active member
My normal hiking selection would be the 35,55,80,150/2.8 all BR lenses.

If it is a extremely difficult tour I would go down to the 45,80,150/3.5. Or take the GFX with the 32-64 and 120

Regarding 45 vs 55: the 45 is better. However, if you find a great copy of the 55 it’s a great lens. However, my feeling is it is the weakest of all BR lenses and only a good copy is good.
 

Kolor-Pikker

New member
From a practical standpoint, I think it’s about what sensor you’re putting behind it. If it’s a 1.3 crop like the 50mp CMOS chip, 45mm is a better pick as it’s closer to the traditional 35mm FoV on small format, while 55mm feels somewhat awkward to use - either too wide or not wide enough to comfortably frame many subjects as you could with a 35 + 50mm, or in crop MF terms a 45 & 80mm.
If you have a full format 645 sensor then the 55mm is your 35, while the 45 is more like a 28, both popular focal lengths, so you can’t really go wrong with either one.
Personally, when shooting medium format, I prefer to go wide most of the time, so the 45 seems like the better pick overall. You have so much resolution to work with that you can always crop in a little, and if you need the range you can just pick a longer lens.
 

DougDolde

Well-known member
I am getting the sense that the 45mm LS lens is the way the go, as it is a newer generation optic. The only drawback is that it is heavy! If I am hiking in the mountains, at least it is lighter than the 35mm LS. I am still going to be feeling the burn-especially with the 150mm LS lens.
Sure if you can handle the nosebleed cost and heavy weight.
 
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