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Dertien in een dozijn

Since I own the mamiya 645 pro, the older mamiya 645 version has been collecting dust. Which is a shame, because this camera still is magnificent. In a few weeks I’ll go on a very short trip to Paris and London. Due to weight issues I can only take one of the Mamiya’s with me. Which should I take? The lighter pro version with the 80mm f/2.8N lens or the older/heavier M645 with the 80mm 1.9 lens?

Note: For reasons I do not understand the 80mm 1.9 lens does not work on the Mamiya 645 pro, because the mirror gets jammed up.

Kodak Tmax 100
Mamiya 645
Mamiya sekor c 80mm f/1.9

zwart wit



  1. i took my 645 pro and 80 1,9 to prague just before christmas and had the films developed at home but haven’t gotten them scanned yet (any good recommendations for scanners, or other ways of digitizing at home?).

    Als ik jou was, i’d take the combo that gives me the look i want – so that basically boils down to which lens gives you that. put differently, do you prefer the dof at 2,8 or 1,9?
    then that determines which body you’d take.

    • Hi Kevin,

      I bought a secondhand Epson v500 Perfection Photo. It might not be perfect, but it does what it has to do. Up until now I don’t have any large complaints about it, except for the software, which tends to freeze every now and then. I can surely recommend to look into a good quality (second hand if you want to save money;)) scanner and digitize the negatives yourself. It might be a bit of a struggle at first, but letting the labs digitize your negatives is much more expensive on the long run. Besides, I quit like scanning negatives.

      I like the dof of both lenses. I find the 1.9 a bit more jumpy/funky, while the 2.8N is much more smooth. Out on the street the difference is hard to notice.. I think it will be a last-minute decision. Luckily, the choice of film is much easier. I want to take the new portra film with me.. Plus some black and white films..


  2. thanks for your thoughts.

    i was also going to add, you may decide on the basis of keepers in the past. which lens yielded the highest number of keepers? for example, if you tended to lose too many shots with 1,9 due to greater precision needed for focus. but if that is not a factor, then yea, you won’t go wrong either way.

    which speeds do you tend to use? maybe then it would matter if you need to open up to 1,9 or not.