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07-10-2019, 01:12 PM   #1
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Wanted: Best 645 67 Options for 300mm to 400mm Lens

Hello All,

This will be for a *cough* Fuji GFX, but thought this would be the best place to ask.

The green star 67 lenses get great reviews, but wondered how they stand up to the 645 alternatives on 33x44.

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I have a Pentax 67 SMC Takumar 300mm f/4 that is ridiculously sharp, as good or better than the 35mm format HD f4.5-5.6 150-450.

It's excellent. I use it on the K-1 and 645Z. Of course it is fully manual. This may just be my luck getting a good one. This is not a * lens.
I have a 67 400 f/4 as well, and it is not as good, but considering its age, its acceptable. The 150-450 beats it for sharpness.


Most of the 645 FA lens are very good, but some are better than others. I won't say I'm totally happy with the 300 I have.
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I Have the 400 M* Green Star 67 lens, an absolute ripper of a lens, tack sharp and easily adapted to the smaller formats. If you can find one go for it, works well with the grey 67 1.4 and 2x converters too
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fwiw, 67 M*300/4 is a gorgeous piece of glass. manual focus and heavy, but IQ is really great.

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400mm

I tried many of the available telephotos from 300 to 800 for this format (44x33) and eventually kept the 645 400mm 5.6 (lightweight) AND the 67 *400 f4 (heavy, superior quality).
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I have tried various options, and have settled on the 67 *300mm EDIF and 67 *400mm EDIF. They just knock the socks off anything else I have tried.
My use is on 645D and 645Z, so definitely 44x33. I have also used the 300 adapted to 35mm full frame, also with good success.
I cannot recommend them more, especially the 300.
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I used the 6x7 300 Takumar for many years and found it to not have the contrast of the better lenses and noticed some longitudinal chromatic on a few shots wide open. It also does not have a tripod mount. The 400 Takumar, which is outer bay mounted is much better in color correction than the 300. The 400 Takumar has proven sharpness. The 300 EDIF is much improved over the 300 Takumar. The 400 EDIF is only marginally improved over the 400 Takumar. An alternative to the 300 EDIF is to get the 200 Pentax (67) and use it with the grey 1.4X converter; a very sharp combination at a much lower price. I use the 300 EDIF and 400 Takumar for my 67 work.

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07-11-2019, 01:31 PM   #8
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Thank you so much, guys.

Looks like the 300mm ED IF will be the first buy for me.

I canít find an old ad for the 300mm, but in 1999 the 400mm ED IF sold for $5,800, 10 times what the 75mm f/2.8 was selling for.




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The 300 EDIF was $2120 at B&H, new in 2005.
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