I was looking for a camera system equivalent of the Contax 645 80mm f2.0 System. And on my path of research I found the Mamiya 645 System with the 80mm f1.9. After struggling with myself of buying that system and do I really have the need for that, one day I just got it.
Next thing I needed was a subject to shoot with. First, I went at Töss, which is a part of Winterthur, and shot there two rolls of film to get a feel for the camera. Than David asked me the other day for having lunch together. I asked him if he had like a 15 minutes spare time to shoot one roll of film. And as a cool guy like he is, he agreed on shooting.
I shot the Mamiya 645 Super with the Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f1.9 lens and a roll of Fuji 400H. It was also my first roll of Fuji 400H and I have to admit that I’m falling in love with the color this film delivers.
The shooting went well and quick without any worries, problems of the new (old) camera and lens. Well, the big surprise came when I got the film back after development and I stared to scan. From 15 images on that film roll are two good in focus. The rest not really. I was shocked and I still don’t know it was my mistake because I wasn’t aware that the shallow depth of field was so narrow on a 645 format at f1.9. And of course, I shot all of them at f1.9.
Well, one thing is for sure. When the focus is on the right spot, it delivers an amazing Bokeh and is very sharp. But enough words written now, have a look for yourself.
One thought on “Mamiya-Sekor 80mm f1.9 experience”
nice review, thanks!
I gave some thoughts on your impressions about the exact focus point issue.
You wrote, you don’t know why many pictures were out of focus, albeit claiming correct focus setting.
As the aperture of 1.9 is very wide on the given focal length. Especially when shooting portraits the depth of files becomes very narrow. Even more narrow becomes the correct focus point on the film plain. In that case a possible issue of film flatness comes to play.
That is at least why the very expensive Contax has vacuum film backs…
Just a thought.