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Thread: Mamiya AF 35mm f/3.5 D

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    Mamiya AF 35mm f/3.5 D

    Dear All, I am considering this lens to be added into my arsenal.
    Please share your views and opinions on this lens.
    Will be appreciating your feedbacks. Thanks.

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    Re: Mamiya AF 35mm f/3.5 D

    The 35mm D has been a lens I have used from day 1 after I purchased my P45.

    Positives:
    Small lens easy to carry
    77mm filter size
    AF/MF clutch outside on the lens barrel
    Easy to manually focus, i.e large outer knob
    Good contrast and color on the P45+
    Can be found used under 800.00 U.S. most places
    Extremely sharp in the center

    Negative:
    Soft in the corners especially from F8 down (for my lens it's sweet spot is
    F8 to F14)


    I only have the one negative and with Capture 1's edge sharpening, you can get back some of the detail the lens will lose. However if you are down in the F5.6 or lower range, you will get what I call detail smearing in the corners and this is hard to recover.

    I recently shot this lens on a IQ180 and immediately realized why people are paying top dollar for Tech cameras! Net it is a very good performer on a P45+ but only so so on a IQ180 i.e. 80 mp back.

    Phase now offers this lens in their digital D line up, however from the posts I have read from photographers who have used it, the newer lens seems to be the same as the older version from Mamiya.

    Paul Caldwell
    http://www.photosofarkansas.com

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    Phoakm
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    Re: Mamiya AF 35mm f/3.5 D

    Quote Originally Posted by Paul2660 View Post
    The 35mm D has been a lens I have used from day 1 after I purchased my P45.

    Positives:
    Small lens easy to carry
    77mm filter size
    AF/MF clutch outside on the lens barrel
    Easy to manually focus, i.e large outer knob
    Good contrast and color on the P45+
    Can be found used under 800.00 U.S. most places
    Extremely sharp in the center

    Negative:
    Soft in the corners especially from F8 down (for my lens it's sweet spot is
    F8 to F14)


    I only have the one negative and with Capture 1's edge sharpening, you can get back some of the detail the lens will lose. However if you are down in the F5.6 or lower range, you will get what I call detail smearing in the corners and this is hard to recover.

    I recently shot this lens on a IQ180 and immediately realized why people are paying top dollar for Tech cameras! Net it is a very good performer on a P45+ but only so so on a IQ180 i.e. 80 mp back.

    Phase now offers this lens in their digital D line up, however from the posts I have read from photographers who have used it, the newer lens seems to be the same as the older version from Mamiya.

    Paul Caldwell
    http://www.photosofarkansas.com
    Thanks Paul. The feedback is informative. I am holding a phase one camera with leaf aptus II 6. I normally doing portrait shoot. The sharpness at the center is my main requirement. Will be considering it and together with a v-grip air in this purchase.

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