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07-21-2009, 04:42 PM   #1
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help with 645 or compatable lenses

just starting out with 645, film camera need good first all around lens

07-23-2009, 08:48 AM   #2
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QuoteOriginally posted by edwardian Quote
just starting out with 645, film camera need good first all around lens
If you like prime lenses, I'd start with the 75mm f/2.8 lens. It's the "normal" lens for 645, akin to a the traditional 50mm lens on 35mm cameras. For wide angle, the 45mm f/2.8 is smaller, easier to find, and much less expensive than the 35mm f/3.5 lens.

If you like zooms, the 45-85mm and 80-160mm zooms are an excellent pair with a lot of versatility. If memory serves, their max aperture is only f/4, though, if that's important to you. There is also a 55-110mm zoom which, while not quite as wide or long as the other two together, might be a good single-lens solution for you.

I recommend browsing the lens database here to see what might best fit your shooting style.

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I have all the "A" series primes from 45 to 300mm and I like them all.
The 75mm/2.8 a great all around lens is very sharp, and reasonably priced. With it and maybe the 150mm/3.5 you could probably shoot 80% of the photos you ever wanted to take. I also have the 80-160mm/4.5 zoom, and it is an excellent lens. But it's certainly heavier than the primes. I only use it on a tripod due to the weight.
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I have seen some of the A 80-160mm f/4.5 (manual focus) going for around $200 - which is a crazy good bargain. It does have considerable weight to it though. The FA version (autofocus) is 1.5 - 2.0 times more expensive. Regardless of A or FA, this is a really nice range for friends and family type shooting. I have owned both and presently have the FA version. It is a beautiful zoom, although this is an around the house lens, or a I am shooting from my car type of lens.

If you are more mobile and like walking/hiking, I would go with primes for weight savings. Or if you shoot in low light situations, the f/2.8 primes buy you 1.3 stops more light!

When going for a hike, I usually have the FA 75mm f/2.8 and FA 150mm f/2.8 along with my 645N and a bunch of film. The FA 75mm fits in a pocket while walking (a tad tight, but doable). The FA 150mm fits in a pocket, but only for a short time while shooting with the FA 75mm. Both are light enough to carry around and offer a nice range for type of photos I take on hikes. I took these to Ecuador with me and they were fantastic companions, especially at 14,000 feet, where any extra weight makes me puff harder and harder when hiking.

What type of shooting do you hope to do?

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How do you like the A 35mm f/3.5?

Do you notice a big difference between the 150mm and the 200mm?

QuoteOriginally posted by scottk13 Quote
I have all the "A" series primes from 45 to 300mm and I like them all.
The 75mm/2.8 a great all around lens is very sharp, and reasonably priced. With it and maybe the 150mm/3.5 you could probably shoot 80% of the photos you ever wanted to take. I also have the 80-160mm/4.5 zoom, and it is an excellent lens. But it's certainly heavier than the primes. I only use it on a tripod due to the weight.
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