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Lucky score: the DFA 90mm. Would like to hear from users.

Here in Baltimore is Service Photo, a great pro shop that's still going strong. Friday and Saturday they had their annual in-store sale event---a group of reps come in with wares, take special orders at special prices, there are various discounts, etc.

But they also invite Used Photo Pro to come in to purchase gear. I've done this several times, and they have always given me great prices for my used stuff. This time I took in a bunch of legacy glass (duplicates, now, and several under-utilized items) and a couple of other things and got enough back that I could then reach an excellent condition DFA 90mm from them, and only pay a bit less than $400 difference. This is a lens I had written off purchasing, so I am very pleased to get one. Last year I had managed to find the uber-rare 25 for an excellent price---the price reflecting hood wear, nothing else wrong with it. So, very lucky twice in a row.

So, I'd like to hear from those who have the 90 about their experiences, what to look for , any issues, etc. Thanks in advance.

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I never knew their was a DFA90.
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Congratulations. I imagine that was quite a lot of used gear traded in regardless.
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QuoteOriginally posted by KiloHotelphoto Quote
I never knew their was a DFA90.
It's medium format's lens



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Congratulations. I imagine that was quite a lot of used gear traded in regardless.
Well, yes....but mostly lower monetary value. One always takes a hit, of course, but I'm not complaining!
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QuoteOriginally posted by texandrews Quote
Well, yes....but mostly lower monetary value. One always takes a hit, of course, but I'm not complaining!
If it's not doing you any use, then certainly it's better off traded for something you want. Again, congrats, that looks like sweet lens.
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Your story sounds a lot like mine. I happened to snag both the 25 & 90 at good prices. 90 AF focus is inherently slower than other 645 lenses including screw drive due to the nature of a long focus throw heavy macro design. Stabilization is not as effective as smaller formats and in camera IBIS but still helpful. Focus accuracy is good as is performance wide open. You wont see any purple fringing on this one. I have heard of a few reports of AF getting stuck close to infinity and needing a push to get things going again. I think someone posted here about problems with stabilizer and weird humming sounds so check operation of both of these. I think this is a lens you have to power and use from time to time to make sure things are kept working freely.
Cheers Paul
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Your story sounds a lot like mine. I happened to snag both the 25 & 90 at good prices. 90 AF focus is inherently slower than other 645 lenses including screw drive due to the nature of a long focus throw heavy macro design. Stabilization is not as effective as smaller formats and in camera IBIS but still helpful. Focus accuracy is good as is performance wide open. You wont see any purple fringing on this one. I have heard of a few reports of AF getting stuck close to infinity and needing a push to get things going again. I think someone posted here about problems with stabilizer and weird humming sounds so check operation of both of these. I think this is a lens you have to power and use from time to time to make sure things are kept working freely.
Cheers Paul
Extremely helpful, thank you. How's that 25 treating you? I've been very happy with mine. Don't use it a ton, never for landscape, but for my use case---tight quarters in museum settings---very handy. Although I will say that trying to stitch it has been a fail so far. I'll try it again, with a lot more overlap.

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