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    Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Is there anyone who has used this lens with P30+ or P45+ backs? How is performance, sharpness? I asked this question before and had a few replies but I'm still wondering if it is worth effort to find a good copy?
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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Hi Henry,

    I've used the Mamiya 55-110 with the P30, P45+, and P65+ (and film!). It never was a "favored" lens to me, but did find itself used quite a bit (more than I wanted) for portraits and events. It does fill a nice focal range when mated with the Mamiya 105-210. Not a lens I would use for landscape, though I believe Jack has with success. I don't think that it is difficult to find a "good copy."

    The 75-150 D is much better and is on my camera body most of the time. That being said, I still won't part with the 55-110---it's a nice lens with a convenient focal range, though maybe not a stellar performer. I think it is worth having. You'll get better performance from primes, but having a zoom lens is nice. Now if Mamiya/Phase could finally release a D series in this range......no more talk about the 45-90?

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Thanks Ken,

    From what I have read somewhere (can't recall where) the 45-90mm project was scrapped.
    I'm revisiting the zoom because sometimes, I'm just too lazy to carry several lenses and was hoping that I can find more reassuring experiences before going out to find a good copy.

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Quote Originally Posted by Henry Goh View Post
    Thanks Ken,

    From what I have read somewhere (can't recall where) the 45-90mm project was scrapped.
    I'm revisiting the zoom because sometimes, I'm just too lazy to carry several lenses and was hoping that I can find more reassuring experiences before going out to find a good copy.
    I heard the 45-90 was scrapped too (put on hold indefinitely...um, ok) I was poking fun at Mamiya/Phase.... C'mon, how about at least a re-worked (read: new, not re-badged) 55-110mm ala "D series" ?

    If the 75-150 is not "too long" for you----that's the "one-lens" solution to get.... A bit more money, but you'll be hard-pressed to find any complaints on lens performance. The way I put it: You might be happy with the 55-110. You will be happy with the 75-150.

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Ken,

    I'm pretty sure the 75-150mm D is great. I already have the 150mm "D" lens and the 80mm "D" lens so not in a hurry to get that focal length. I want something in the wide to normal range. I also have the 45mm "D" wide and will be getting the 28mm "D" soon.

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    I've got fond memories of the 75-150. If I wasn't using the 28 I had the 75-150 on. Of course this is all before I went the technical route. I second Ken's comment that you'd be very happy with the 75-150. I've used this on both a P30+ as well as a P45+

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Pretty much agree with what's been said, but here's my .02 summary on it...

    I obtained a good copy of the 55-105 before the 75-150 and like it a lot, so much my 55 prime became superfluous and I sold it, and my 80 prime pretty much stays in the cabinet. Combined with the 105-210, also very good, and a decent copy of the 35 AF lens, I had an incredible range covered in three lenses. The 55-110 was the lens left on my camera most of the time.

    Fast-forward to getting Don's 75-150 a few months back when he went tech. As good as the 55-110 is, the 75-150 was a half-notch better and became my main squeeze, plus I added a 50 manual focus shift lens (also excellent) and a 28. So I still own the 55-110, but it has become kind of superfluous with the 50 shift and 75-150 covering that end very well, and even though it is a good lens, I haven't used it since adding the 50 shift to the 75-150. In fact, I have decided to remove it from the bag since I essentially never use it any more. And with the 28, I rarely mount the 35, so you'll probably see both of those lenses hit the B&S forum soon.

    There is one important "howeverbutt," and the reason I have not been in a hurry to sell either the 55-110 or the 35 --- they are both relatively compact compared to other options. The 55-110 is nearly half the size and weight of the 75-150; the 35 is 1/3rd the size and weight of the 28. So I've kept both in case I wanted a really light travel or carry kit; I could do very well with just the 35, 55-110 and maybe my 150 prime. The hard reality for me however, is that I'll generally grab a favored lens over a lighter lens, so for my trim set I would probably still grab the 28, 50 shift and 75-150...

    Yeah, now that I've thought it through in writing this response, I think it's time to sell. Keep an eye on the B&S for the 35 and 55-110, or if you've decided to get a 55-110 and want a confirmed good copy, send me a PM...

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Here's a quick pic of my lens:

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Henry,

    For the $1000 or so you could get a 55-110mm for I would jump on it, especially if you can find a good copy. (Most are good in my opinion with only a few reports of bad ones).

    If you are using the P30+ I don't think you would notice a difference in sharpness between this lens and the 75-150mm.

    One thing about the 35mm is that there is almost no distortion which makes is really good for stitching. The corners are a bit soft but with the P65 I try to compose allowing for a slight crop or use C1 corner sharpening which is perfectly acceptable for most of my images. The 28mm is soft in the corners as well.

    Just a rant, but I think the 35, 55-110, 105-210 give really good zoom coverage for landscapes. I would love to see those upgraded or at least get us the 45-90mm.

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    Ed,

    I bought Jack's 55-110mm lens and hope to shoot with it early next week when it gets gets here. I think you are right about shooting with a cropped back like P30+ and not suffering from corner sharpness as much.

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    Re: Mamiya AF 55-110mm f/4.5 lens

    The slight crop of the P30+ is also why you won't suffer corner softness on the 28mm either...

    Congrats on the new lens!

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