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    How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Hi, While I'm for my 645DF, 80D, and P40+ to be delivered I'm starting to look at my next lenses for it. I'm confident that I'll be picking up a 120D real soon, it sounds like a real keeper, and I'm also looking at the 45D. In looking at other threads, I see that some of you weren't feeling particularly enthusiastic about the 45D when it was first being delivered. If you have a 45D, how do you feel about it now after using it for awhile? I'm moving from the Contax Zeiss 45, and I really grew to like it. It sounds like maybe I'm going to miss it. Any thoughts? Thanks, Ray

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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    I got a good copy back in September and have been very happy. I would say the extreme corners now with my P65+ go a bit soft, but we're talking a very tiny portion of the extreme corner -- net-net, I am very happy with my current one.
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    Thanks Jack, how many did you have to go through till you found one you'd like to keep? Ray

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    MIne is very good and on the P40+ awesome right to the corners
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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by RayM View Post
    Thanks Jack, how many did you have to go through till you found one you'd like to keep? Ray
    I tried 2 older and 2 of the newer D versions when it first came out and they all were way soft about 3/4 out towards the corners, effectively rendering them about 55mm lenses. However this last batch seems to be far better as evidenced by several folks who have more recently acquired them.
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    Thanks guys. Seems like it will be very important to put any of these lenses through the paces to make sure all is well.

    I just can't wait to get my new DF/40+. I'm chomping at the bit, and Guy, now that you've had your week of shooting stuff in LA, can't wait to hear in detail about your impressions.

    Thanks again, Ray

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    Ray your going to LOVE it.
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    Can't wait, Guy, Ray

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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    I sold my original 45 mm in anticipation of the 45-90 zoom, which of course never transpired. So I bit the bullet and bought the 45 mm D version which arrived late today.

    Haven't been able to test it much, but so far I see slight softness at f2.8 improving nicely at f4. F5.6/8 seems to be the sweet spot, though the corners are best at f11. (Capture One's corner sharpness tool is very useful with this lens.)

    I think I'm going to be very happy with it - it has a crispness to the contrast I really like.

    This shot was taken a couple of hours ago!

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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by RayM View Post
    Hi, While I'm for my 645DF, 80D, and P40+ to be delivered I'm starting to look at my next lenses for it. I'm confident that I'll be picking up a 120D real soon, it sounds like a real keeper, and I'm also looking at the 45D. In looking at other threads, I see that some of you weren't feeling particularly enthusiastic about the 45D when it was first being delivered. If you have a 45D, how do you feel about it now after using it for awhile? I'm moving from the Contax Zeiss 45, and I really grew to like it. It sounds like maybe I'm going to miss it. Any thoughts? Thanks, Ray
    The first batch we tested were hardly better than the 45mm non D lens.

    Since then the samples we've tested and delivered to customers have been across the board good. Maybe we were unlucky, maybe there was a problem that was corrected - probably we'll never know for 100%. But I'm very happy to recommend the 45mm D now.

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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    hey guys sorry for intervening,, but what about the 28mm D on the P40+ with regard to edge to edge sharpness ,, is it really the best MF ultra wide angle available in the market ?
    I'm actually considering it,,, if i finally decided to go with the P40+ ! cheers!
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    P40+ with 28D no corner sharpness applied







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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Should be noted these are pretty extreme wide angle shots as foreground is a few feet away with quite a distance to background. With corner sharpness with a P40 crop factor is extremely good. Maybe the last lens i would sell
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    BTW this is a 45D

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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Tested the 45D at some length today - very pleased with it. Here's the same subject as last night's sunset only at dawn this time.

    Two other observations - I really like the Virtual Horizon on the P65+, and I really really like the battery life of the Phase DF camera. This is exposure number 750 on the same set of Sony alkalines that came with the camera in December. Seems like they're going to last forever.

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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Another 45D at closest focus.
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    Like the Gilette ad...
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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    P40+ with 28D no corner sharpness applied







    Wow Guy!!!!! i couldn't agree more,, those are really the best ,, no questions ,, the 28 D is really the best in it's class !! thank you so much for posting these excellent shot and cheers!
    Mohammad Al-Khamis

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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    One does have to be careful with this lens. Because of the bubble in the lens design this big round lightbulb shape you have to be aware of focusing it . You are better off focusing closer on subjects than stop it down to carry the DOF. Most lenses like the first 1/3 to focus on in regards to DOF and than let the background fall in. This lens you may want to focus closer in. Also don't be afraid to stop this down either some of these are at F22. This lensI never really noticed diffraction which is interesting. I 'm just not so sure where it's limit really falls. Also on a P65+ you will get soft corners so on that back regard it more like a 30mm instead and of course you can use corner sharpness which does do a nice job.

    The 45D and 28D are a perfect match together. Just a FYI my lens now are 28D,45D,80D,150D, 200mm Apo 2.8 manual and a 50mm shift.
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    Guy theses images are really nice and that setup is a total dream. As a gearslut you must be loosing sleep having not much to dream about anymore. ....right! hehehe

    One day I'll have a "perfect" setup and can focus on making pictures, or something. :-P

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    Honestly as a gear slut i am bored ****less now. LOL

    I think I hit gold finally. I honestly really love this setup. After 20 years of digital I am home. I know that Pentax is coming and the price is low but honestly I feel every penny I spent on this is worth it. I think these new 40 sensors are nirvana. But I always want to stay in touch with what is out there and still hoping to test the Hassy 40 and do a review on that as well. After 20 years on just digital I have a pretty broad perspective of what is good and what is something you may want to pass on out there.
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    20 years of digital ??? Christ.... time is fast.... I would have say 10 ! Anyway to me it's just getting interesting, I have no digital just yet besides a P&S.
    I am slow

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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    I'd say the Pentax is probably a year away for us in the western hemisphere. We will also have to see how the announced new wide-angle lens will be like, and how it compares to the already excellent Mamiya 28mm lens. Still, can't wait for the Pentax 645D to be available, it just seems like what Mamiya should have done long ago with the ZD camera (and more).

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    One of my first digital cams. I had one before this also but can't remember the name of it

    http://www.mir.com.my/rb/photography...2E2s/index.htm

    one of these also http://mir.com.my/rb/photography/com...dak/index1.htm

    Found it 1991 – Kodak presents the DSC 100, which is considered the first useful digital camera for general sale. The 1.3-megapixel camera retails at $20,000
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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Despite this thread being hijacked as a love-fest for the 28 mm, here's another with my new 45d!




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    And another 45D. Maybe I'll do the 28 mm tomorrow!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    Despite this thread being hijacked as a love-fest for the 28 mm, here's another with my new 45d!




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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Just a quick update on my own experience with the 45D for my DF/P40+ kit. I did indeed eventually pick one up from CI. My initial feelings about the lens were that it was "so-so:" the center of images was super, but I thought the corners weren't as good as my contax 45. As the days went on and as I forced myself to get increasingly much more careful about how I was testing, lo and behold, the corners got significantly better.

    So the moral to my story is that the P40+ is so good that it will reveal pretty-near-always any and all "pilot error" that happens to be present. No, this is not the first time this insight has occurred to me. It usually happens when I get careless and don't pay enough attention to getting it all right i the moment.

    I now have the 45D, the 80D, and the 120D. I am totally crazy about the 120D, this is among the finest lenses I've ever used. I am becoming increasingly amazed at the performance of the 80D, and I'm growing to trust the 45D, the more I use it the more I like it. When I really discipline myself to absolutely get it right, these lenses shine.

    And, I've already started to put money aside to likely invest in either the 28 or in a lens that provides the ability for tilt. I just love this entire kit.

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    Yup. As a gear slut I am bored to death now. LOL

    I think the 40 sensors in any flavor is just about perfect. Okay maybe someday a P65+ but only for framing reasons

    I need a excuse folks.
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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Yup. As a gear slut I am bored to death now. LOL

    I think the 40 sensors in any flavor is just about perfect. Okay maybe someday a P65+ but only for framing reasons

    I need a excuse folks.

    One can never have too many lenses, cameras or backs. No excuses are needed.

    However, as the owner of at least 7 different camera bags, 5 tripods and 5 ball heads (only one Cube!) I can say they take up a lot of space which would be better used by lenses, cameras or backs.

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    Bill I should have said viable excuses to the better half. LOL
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    Re: How are you feeling about the Mamiya 45D these days?

    Guy, why tell her? Have gear delivered in plain brown wrappers and talk a lot about "traded ??? for this one."

    It works for me and I've been married 45 years. Course, it just feels like 4 or 5....

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