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07-29-2015, 01:31 PM   #1
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150, 200 or ? for 645

I got a 645 recently, I'm having fun with MF and getting back into some film shooting.
I have the 75/2.8 and the 45/2.8 and I'd like to add a longer lens for portraits and/or longer landscapes.

I see good prices on a 150/4 and a 200/4 at KEH so I'm thinking of picking one of those up.
Has anyone here used one or the other (or both) for portraiture? In fact any images with these lenses would be helpful but I'm especially interested in bokeh and how facial features are rendered.

I hope one day I might get a 645D or Z if that has any bearing on this decision as well but that is a secondary speculative concern.

Got any examples?

Thanks!

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Well I found a 200/4 from Japan on eBay for $50 + $30 shipping and found it too good to pass up!
Hopefully that wasn't a bad choice but if it was at least there's not a lot of money on the line.

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My experience is that given your choices, the 150 would be better for portraits. Personally the 135 LS (leaf shutter) lens is really both a good length for this and good for high speed flash. The 200 is nice but it's too long for portraits IIRC.
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I have the A 150/3.5 and FA 200/4. I owneddd the A 200/4 before.
For portrait work, I'd buy the FA 200/4 out of those. The other two lenses are better at far distances, the FA 200/4 is more optimized for distances of a few meters, like you have them when shooting portraits. It is really sharp wide open at those distances.
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Thanks for the replies!
I bought the 200 because I could get a mint one from Japan for $80 shipped. Hard to not give that a try! If I don't like it I'll just look for something else.

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great deal. let us know how it goes!
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Very good deal, looking forward to your thoughts and sample shots !
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the 120 a looks like a good bet. I manually focus a lot, with great results.
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I very much like the 150/2.8. It has a special quality in landscape work even though I bought it for portrait work first and foremost. When you lift it you will think they left out an element or two. Nice small size too.

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Looking forward to your 645 photos Matt. I've got a 645 coming in the mail, just got a 150mm for it, will probably get a 200mm as well based on the comments in this thread!
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Thanks, I've got some film to send in that I shot at least some with the 200. This process is such a different pace than digital.
If you can find the kind of deal I got it certainly seems worth it.
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The 6x7 200/4 is okay on my 6x7 for a portrait lens. I don't think I'd want it much on a 645 in a studio environment for portraiture but it's certainly a usable lens for that application no doubt.
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My 645 kit is the 45mm, 75mm, and 150mm. I sold off the rest of my 645 lenses and don't miss them.
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My 200FA gathers dust. Its very bad for CA, and disappointingly unsharp for a prime. The 80-160 is much better
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QuoteOriginally posted by mattb123 Quote
Thanks, I've got some film to send in that I shot at least some with the 200. This process is such a different pace than digital.
If you can find the kind of deal I got it certainly seems worth it.
I hear you. I have a lot / hate affair with film. Shoot a roll right, with good exposure and it's the best. Screw up a roll and it's so defeating.

If you get into development (you should!) the highs and lows are even worse. :P

I'd suggest trying some Rollei 80s. Lovely stuff.
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QuoteOriginally posted by rob8888 Quote
My 200FA gathers dust. Its very bad for CA, and disappointingly unsharp for a prime. The 80-160 is much better
Was this on digital or film?
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