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09-02-2014, 10:28 AM   #31
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QuoteOriginally posted by harumo Quote
Like most folks here, I agree, I think 120mm is the sharpest (in my system). I do like the quality of images I've good from from it.
In my system too.

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I have no fund for DFA 90mm - that is the new king in town so I've heard ...
I have tested it for some time and I think it's sharper than any other Pentax 645 lens.

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I'm new to the world of 645, but as a Nikon owner with a range of top glass, I'm astounded by the A 150mm f3/5 on my 645D. Images hold together at 200%, and I can count the umbrella spokes in the catchlight in an eye.
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I love all my 645 lenses and the two 67 lenses I have. when I do my best they all deliver. maybe the 45-85mm is a tad better than the 45mm,"maybe", but the 45mm is faster and no way short on iq. the 45-85mm is heavy as hell. to me the 45mm fa,75mm fa, and the 200mm fa, are the best you could ask for.a 2.0x auto focusing tc and a 20mm fa would complete the package. as far as i'm concerned the rest are there just to fill in gaps.
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Great gallery of images, forgot why I was looking at them they were all so good!

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poor lens, no I wouldn't call it that. The 25, 35, and 55 are a bit better, IMO, but I would not say the 45 is poor. It is on par with the A75, I'd say.
For the price, it is actually a good value, IMO.

here are a few pics I shot using the A45 on the 645D

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeoria/9244126521/in/photostream/lightbox/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeoria/9167881575/in/photostream/lightbox/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeoria/9665606359/in/photostream/lightbox/


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I would say the P67 300*M... I hope to try the 90 DFA soon
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cool thread!

I haven't seen the 55/2.8 645z "kit" lens mentioned - my copy is outrageously sharp at f/11-16. Not sure if I got a great copy but it blows me away on a well focussed shot - even at 2.8 it pulls in massive detail.

With my other lenses, the 35 A is incredible stopped down. I don't have much to compare it to but it whips the pants off the latest and greatest from Canon.

The 120mm macro pulls in so much detail that it's actually proving to be a bit of a nightmare with wedding ring shots. It pulls up every dirt and scratch...
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You need to bring along a small ultrasonic ring cleaning machine.

Agree with you on the 55/2.8 and the A35. Do not own the 120.
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QuoteOriginally posted by gavincato Quote
cool thread!

I haven't seen the 55/2.8 645z "kit" lens mentioned - my copy is outrageously sharp at f/11-16. Not sure if I got a great copy but it blows me away on a well focussed shot - even at 2.8 it pulls in massive detail.

With my other lenses, the 35 A is incredible stopped down. I don't have much to compare it to but it whips the pants off the latest and greatest from Canon.

The 120mm macro pulls in so much detail that it's actually proving to be a bit of a nightmare with wedding ring shots. It pulls up every dirt and scratch...
I also got lucky on the 55mm, super-sharp from wide open and the corners are great too, you can only make out some softness on a chart.

The 120mm though, it's much worse than the 150/2.8, which leads me to believe I got a bad copy. Even at f/8 my 150 has superior corner detail, but at f/4 the macro is just a joke. Neither of them come close to the sharpness of that Zeiss 110/2 lens though, even with them having a smaller apertures.

Unfortunately, I need to have a macro lens in my studio at all times, so unless I decide to get another 120M or jump for the 90M, it's not going anywhere. Luckily it's "good enough" for the generic workload I use it for.

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The 120mm though, it's much worse than the 150/2.8, which leads me to believe I got a bad copy. Even at f/8 my 150 has superior corner detail, but at f/4 the macro is just a joke. Neither of them come close to the sharpness of that Zeiss 110/2 lens though, even with them having a smaller apertures.

Read more at: https://www.pentaxforums.com/forums/48-pentax-medium-format/270134-what-do-yo...#ixzz3fpkoqxdD
definitely a dud copy. as good as my 110mm zeiss is, it is maybe 20-30% as sharp as my 120mm macro. That lens is absurdly sharp. It's almost ridiculous.
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SMCP-67 55/4 (late) and SMCT-67 75/4.5. SMCT-67 105/2.4 isn't razor sharp in the corners wide open (f/2.4 is very fast!) but it's certainly very usable. I just snagged a P67 EDIF 400/4 which I'm suspecting will take the cake at the long end.

Really I've got nothing to complain about with any of my P67 lenses. The lenses I didn't mention were the 90/2.8 LS and 150/2.8 - both of them are still good performers, just not exceptional. I briefly owned a 45/4, and rate it as either good or excellent (I'm guessing excellent) but I didn't shoot it all that extensively. Superwides aren't really my thing.
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In the landscape genre, the 45mm f4 is my go-to lens 90% of the time even though an equal-fancied 75mm f2.8 AL jostles for stage exposure. Huge prints produced with this light and nimble lens are exemplary in sharpness (f11 working Av), contrast and fidelity. Though a number of excellent prints were produced from it, I tossed my 55mm f4 more than 2 years ago because of its weight, bulk and unwieldly feel to it.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Silent Street Quote
In the landscape genre, the 45mm f4 is my go-to lens 90% of the time even though an equal-fancied 75mm f2.8 AL jostles for stage exposure. Huge prints produced with this light and nimble lens are exemplary in sharpness (f11 working Av), contrast and fidelity. Though a number of excellent prints were produced from it, I tossed my 55mm f4 more than 2 years ago because of its weight, bulk and unwieldly feel to it.
You mean the 67 version, right? Have you tried it with the adapter on the 645Z? If so, is it better than the 45-85 at 45mm?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Paul MaudDib Quote
SMCP-67 55/4 (late) and SMCT-67 75/4.5. SMCT-67 105/2.4 isn't razor sharp in the corners wide open (f/2.4 is very fast!) but it's certainly very usable. .......
I'll second these lenses. Except that my 105. I find that stopped down to f4 or 5.6 my copy is very sharp. Also, the latest 200mm smc is very sharp as well. I find that 80% of my photos are taken with the 55mm and the 105mm lenses
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90mm D-FA 55mm D-FA .. .. and my 28-45 is insanely Sharp ..
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Since everybody is praising the 120 f4 Macro so much, it seems that mine must be a soft copy. I compared it to my FA 150 2.8 and the FA 75 2.8 and even stopped down to f8 or f11, the other two are sharper, especially in the corners. That 75 is really good. I bought the 120 macro used from KEH, all the others from various ebay sources in Japan. My FA 45-85 and the DFA 55 are superb.

Would it be worth trying out another copy of the 120 Macro? Is it really that good?

Pradeep
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