Mamiya 7 65mm f/4 Medium Format

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7 65mm f/4

User Reviews (6)

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agp   Expert [Apr 24, 2005]
Strength:

quality, definitiojn and presence.

Weakness:

F4 only. I live with it, and with the larger format it's OK.

I must admit, I was dubious when reading the reviews of this lens. Surely no lens could be that good. Have just sold my Leica M7 body, and used the Mamiya 7II with this lens for a new boarders' party at the headmaster's house. Despite being off film photography (dust, hassle), I just developed the film (over-developed actually, as I forgot to start the clock!), the pictures staggered me by their presence and quality. Might sell the rest of my Leica stuff - after all, Martin Parr uses this equipment, adn he is one of my heroes.

Customer Service

No experience.

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5
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5
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Andy Mint   Expert [Oct 21, 2003]
Strength:

Lens very sharp, nice contrast with B/W films

Got this lens together with the mamiya 7 body. this lens do not need B/W filters to get the kind of contrast I like!!so that means I can get extra shutterspeeds. Yeah! colours rendition is very good when I'm shooting slides. highly recommened for streets shooters who want to blow up huge prints.

Customer Service

Never use before

Similar Products Used: maniya 645 pro
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5
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4
Alex   Professional [Jul 24, 2003]
Strength:

Unbelievable sharpness, Well Built, Light, Small, amazing cantrast and sharpness.

Weakness:

They say that at f4 it is a bit slow. However I can still shoot handheld @ 1/30 and get great sharpness and detail.

The best lens I ever owned. An absolute beautiful lens. The sharpness of this lens is unbelievable. The color and contrast is simply amazing. I have no complaints about this lens what so ever. I chose this lens over the 80mm and the 43 because it suited my type of photography. I do a lot of outdoor shots and street photography. For group portraits this is a must. I also use it in the house a lot with a tripod and the images are just a dream come true. I bought this lens new on-line at Robert white.com for about $900.00 as opposed to B&H that goes for $1500.00. I have a quality lens that equals or I believe surpasses Hasselblad. A true steal.

Customer Service

Great Customer Sevice.

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5
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5
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Guna Sengalrayan   Intermediate [Mar 23, 2001]
Strength:

* Extremely sharp
* Good saturation
* Good color
* Edge to edge sharpness
* Almost zero distortion

Weakness:

None

I found this lens to be the perfect companion for a Mamiya 7 user. Its great for travel and street photography. If i could only have one lens on my Mamiya 7, this will be it.

The pictures taken with the lens were well saturated and tack sharp.

Customer Service

None

Similar Products Used: Leica 28mm R, Voigtlander 35mm Ultron
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5
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5
Andrew Smallman   Expert [Aug 30, 2001]
Strength:

Compact, light for medium format.
Excellent mechanical and optical performance.
Sharp at all apertures but extremely good at f8 and f11.
No detectable distortion .
Excellent resistance to flare.
No need for separate viewfinder

Weakness:

None

Possibly the most versatile single lens for the Mamiya 7. I have taken a Mamiya 7 trekking with just this one lens and obtained marvellously sharp B&W negs which still look crisp when enlarged to 700x900 mm.

Customer Service

Not required

Similar Products Used: Pentax 67 lenses
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RATING
5
VALUE
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5
Ken Schwarz   Intermediate [Oct 23, 1999]
Model Reviewed: 7 65mm f/4
Strength:

Most versatile angle-of-view among M7 lens line-up. Exceedingly high sharpness at all working distances. Even corner illumination. Compact, light-weight.

Weakness:

Lens protrudes into finder's field, so you can't see what is in lower-right corner of frame. Of course, this doesn't affect the picture, but it's a drawback of using this lens vs. the 80mm which avoids this. It would be great if this had an extra stop of speed, but this is probably impossible given the dimensions of the system.

I originally matched an 80mm lens to the M7, thinking I'd prefer the slightly narrower field-of-view and the more compact, light-weight design of the 80. Although the 80mm is generally regarded as an uncompromised performer, the 65mm has a harder contrast, noticible in most shots as a snappiness and markedly superior flare control. I've preferred it in landscape shots with backlit foliage especially. Contrast is so high that Astia is now my preferred film for general photography.

I also use the 43mm, but find this relatively difficult to use because of extreme field-of-view, the cumbersome secondary finder, and care required to keep horizon level. The body's built-in finder is optimized for the 80mm lens--you can see outside the frame lines with that one, and the lens doesn't protrude into the field--but the finder with the 65mm is acceptable, even though I wear glasses.

Night performance is unbelieveable--point sources are rendered exceedingly tight throughout the frame. Sharpness freaks will not be disappointed, although make no mistake--you need a tripod to get it all! I ended up with the 43mm, 65mm, 150mm set, selling the 80mm as it was really a 65/150 compromise.

Customer Service

None required on lens. Body needed RF adjustment.

Similar Products Used: 80mm M7 lens. 35mm f/1.4 Nikon AIS.
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5
VALUE
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5
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