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    loving 55mm - surprising nice lens

    Rush is on for family xmas card shoots -- I've started pulling out my mamiya 645AF 55mm lens.
    Surprised me how much I like the perspective and look. The 45mm always felt too wide, but the 55mm feels just right.

    Below shot with P1 DF body, P45 back and 55mm lens
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    intentional vignetteing

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    Re: loving 55mm - surprising nice lens

    Very nice, Eric! A lovely atmosphere to this shot.

    I love the 55 perspective too - the 55 LS is becoming my most-used optic.

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    Me too Bill. I shot it a lot on the last workshop
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    Re: loving 55mm - surprising nice lens

    In (sort of) related news, I'm unexpectedly coming to love the Contax 55mm/f3.5 as well ... what a lens!

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    Re: loving 55mm - surprising nice lens

    yup, on AFD bodies Sekkor 55/2.8 L/S W-N is my single most used lens , i think

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    Re: loving 55mm - surprising nice lens

    I like the 55 a lot as well, though I have the old 55AF not the nice new LS.

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    Re: loving 55mm - surprising nice lens

    I have the new 55mm LS and it is a sweetie. Not exactly cheap though. But even the old 55mm is a good lens. Just watch the old 45mm as it can have corner issues. The new 45D is much better.

    Just a observation but I think everyone that posted here has a crop sensor. Except Bill with a P65. Am I correct?
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    Re: loving 55mm - surprising nice lens

    Us un-cropped sensor types have additional challenges getting some lenses to render well into the corners.
    OTOH, I can't remember the last time I put a significant compositional element in the corner anyway, so I am a bit more forgiving for a bit of softness.
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    Yes - my 55AF performs better than my 45AF in corners.
    A 55mm LS would be nice, but >WOW< it is pricey.


    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    I have the new 55mm LS and it is a sweetie. Not exactly cheap though. But even the old 55mm is a good lens. Just watch the old 45mm as it can have corner issues. The new 45D is much better.

    Just a observation but I think everyone that posted here has a crop sensor. Except Bill with a P65. Am I correct?

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    Re: loving 55mm - surprising nice lens

    I shoot the P65+, and my 45 AF-D was better than the 55 LS I tested, and hence I actually preferred the 45 as my standard "wide." However, the 55 definitely had a distinct "look" that was very pleasing, so it was not a quick nor easy dismissal of the 55LS for me
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy Mancuso View Post
    Just a observation but I think everyone that posted here has a crop sensor. Except Bill with a P65. Am I correct?
    My ZD has only a very small crop factor, but it's only 22MP which doesn't really push the 55AF in the corners.

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    Quote Originally Posted by faneuil View Post
    A 55mm LS would be nice, but >WOW< it is pricey.
    If you dont mind a bit of handy work, can do without AF and got cable release - old ones work just fine , so get up to 1/500 leaf shutter lens and would pay way less.

    Then again - indeed, new ones are tasty

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    Quote Originally Posted by SergeiR View Post
    If you dont mind a bit of handy work, can do without AF and got cable release - old ones work just fine , so get up to 1/500 leaf shutter lens and would pay way less.

    Then again - indeed, new ones are tasty
    totally agree -- both the old manual 55 and the old 55 AF are very, very good lenses for the money. However, the 55LS does have a very special look that neither of the older Mammy lenses come close to; it's a combination of clarity and color rendition combined with the way the resolution gently falls off toward the edges that is unique -- even compelling. Course it doesn't hurt that it's a freaking laser in the center, even wide open!

    Crap. Talking myself into one again!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flesher View Post
    Course it doesn't hurt that it's a freaking laser in the center, even wide open!

    Crap. Talking myself into one again!
    *in creepy voice*
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    LOL no question he should get another one. LOL

    But hey when does he listen to me. LOL
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