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    Mamiya Manual Focus lenses and MFDB

    I have a mamiya 645AFD with a Phase one IQ160 back. At f11, shooting landscapes, are newer Phase one D and Schneider LS 45mm and 55 mm lenses any better in terms of edge sharpness, contrast and color rendition, than older N mamiya manual focus lenses(45 and 55mm)?

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    Re: Mamiya Manual Focus lenses and MFDB

    Hi Felix -

    Whilst I can't answer your question directly, you might also want to be considering the Mamiya 50mm f/4 shift lens.

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    Re: Mamiya Manual Focus lenses and MFDB

    On the surface I'd say the newer lenses meant for digital will be better than non-digital however I'd also caution that you'd need to try the non-digital lens first before dismissing them entirely.
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    Re: Mamiya Manual Focus lenses and MFDB

    the 80 N macro is really good !

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    Re: Mamiya Manual Focus lenses and MFDB

    I overlooked your request as needing information on the manual focus 55 and 45, sorry, all in info is about the AF versions, Mamiya. They are as cheap as the manual focus versions now or cheaper.

    I can't speak to the Schneiders, but the 55mm AF Mamiya is a great lens, and often under-rated. No, it won't have the contrast that the newer Schneiders have but it's also a much older design. The 55mm at F11 is very sharp and would more than likely give the Schneider 55mm a run for it's money in sharpness. (I know others will disagree, and that's fair). The 55mm Mamiya will hold edge to edge on either the 180 or 160 as long as you are at F8 to F11. DOF is limited however and that one facet drove me crazy with the 55mm. With a DF body it's a great combination.

    I never had a good copy of the 45mm AF and briefly owned the Phase One 45mm D lens and it was a good lens, but I still used the 55mm more. The 45mm Mamiya was a disappointment for me, never could get a good copy that held to the corners, however others have gotten them.

    If the 55mm Schneider produces images like the Schneider Digitars (35mm or 60mm), then it's a touch call. I am still amazed daily at just how good these two lenses are, in both contrast, color and overall clarity.

    Paul
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