This was the last shot I took on the Mamiya 645.

…A nice “just woke up from a little nap” memory.

For now it has been replaced, but I kept the lens to put away.

My rule now is to never sell good character glass (especially when there are so many different types of adapters these days!)


7 thoughts on “Face-to-Face

  1. jkjod says:

    So these are pretty old but I’ve been looking at the Sekor 80/1.9 with some eager eyes lately…these aren’t really helping, Mark. How did you find the Mamiya set up? I’d probably be looking at the 645 Pro.

    • mewanchuk says:


      The Mamiya 645 was a great setup, but contains one small Achilles’ heel which may render the beautiful 80/1.9 fairly useless:

      In the Pro/TL/Super series (the entire line…) there is a -tiny- plastic mirror brake which may weaken or move over time. If it is not in precise alignment, your mirror will not sit in the right plane, and your focus will just plain (you see what I did there?) be off.

      An adjustment is possible, but is a trial-and-error kind of thing. Furthermore, the screw is hard to access, and is usually glue-sealed down. If the little 2-cent plastic piece actually snaps off, you are completely skrood–no one has spare parts or is repairing them any more. One of my bodies was afflicted with this problem, which is why I eventually ended up with the 645AFD III instead.

      The 645AFD series, on the other hand, does not have the ability to control the aperture on the 80/1.9 lens automatically, so you have to use stop-down focusing, but at least there is no mirror alignment problem.

      Anyway, as beautiful as the setup is, I’d approach with caution–make sure the seller has a liberal return policy!

      Good luck,

      • jkjod says:

        Good to know. Those comments pretty much make me want to steer clear…it’s too bad as the 80/1.9 looks very special, and an affordable option compared to the Contax 645 and Zeiss 80/2.

        And for the record…love the puns

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