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Aperture Series: Mamiya 150mm f/4.5, Deck and House (Fujifilm GFX100S)

re: Ultra Sharp: Mamiya 150mm f/4.5 + FotodioX Pro Fusion Smart Adapter for Fujifilm Medium Format

This page assesses the Mamiya 150mm f/4.5 N lens on the Fujjifilm GFX100S using the FotodioX Pro Fusion Smart Adapter for Mamiya 7 Rangefinder lens adapter.

The Mamiya 150mm f/4.5 typically sells for $350 to $550 on the used market. The lens adapter used here costs about $500, about as much or more as the lens!

Aperture Series: Mamiya 150mm f/4.5, Deck and House (Fujifilm GFX100S)

Includes images from f/4.5 through f/32 at up to full camera resolution, plus crops.

CLICK TO VIEW: Lens Adapters for Fujifilm GFX

Focusing Headaches make even stone frogs grumpy
f11 @ 1/80 sec, ISO 100; 2022-08-20 11:53:17
Fujifilm GFX100S + Mamiya 7 150mm f/4.5 N @ 123.3mm equiv (150mm)
RAW: LACA corrected, push 0.5 stops, +50 Shadows, +10 Whites, diffraction mitigating sharpening

[low-res image for bot]

Brian K writes:

Glad to see you tested the Mamiya 150mm 4.5. I’ve sworn by that lens for decades and have been using it on Fuji GFX for about 1 1/2 years with the fusion adapter.  

You’ll find the Mamiya 210mm f8 is also a very good lens. The other Mamiya lenses while great suffer from ray angle issues with the Fuji. I think that’s a problem that a lot of film camera lenses are going to have especially the rangefinder types as their rear elements are so close to the sensor. 

The Mamiya 150mm and 210mm fill the gap for me between the GF120mm and the GF250mm. I also use the 135mm APO zeiss but it’s so close to the 120mm and 150mm that carrying it is a luxury. The 180mm Hasselblad zeiss sonnar also does well on the Fuji, I think ray angle has less impact on this lens.  I own the GF 100-200mm and for what it is it's good, and for most people it will do quite well, but it just doesn’t match the primes, even when they require adapters and are old designs. The 45-100mm is a good deal better.

Btw, I just tested the GF 1.4xTC on the 250mm, once stopped down a stop or two it’s worth carrying. It’s superior to cropping in on the 250mm image. For $849 it had better be. Also on the 100-200mm it’s useful in a pinch at the 200mm.

I keep thinking about getting the 80mm GF but I don't think it’s much better than the GF 45-100mm or the 80mm Mamiya lens (which is far smaller).  As you are well aware there’s that balance, or is compromise a better term, between carrying the absolute best combination of lenses but being limited by the bulk/weight thereof. We are a point where GF100s betters MF film, and is possibly superior to 4x5” film. An abundance of riches. So a very good zoom that saves weight and bulk might well be worth the slight loss in IQ versus all primes depending on where and how you’re shooting.

DIGLLOYD: I wish Voigtlander would deliver a half dozen slow but superb lenses similar to their Sony FE lineup.

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