I’m going to preface this post by saying that these images are not meant to be good images per se, they are a random set of photos that I took in my yard with two different Mamiya RZ lenses mounted on my Canon EOS camera the day I received the lens mount adapter. I did not do any post production, other than cropping, on these images in an attempt to show the adapter’s and the Mamiya lenses’ true capabilities on a Canon EOS camera.
I had been eyeing the Fotodiox Pro adapter for a while, but just couldn’t justify the retail price of around $149.00, especially since there aren’t many reviews of the RZ to EOS adapter available, and I wasn’t sure if it was even going to give me any decent results. But I own both the Canon EOS Camera and the Mamiya RZ, and I had this nagging desire to want to put the wonderful Mamiya lenses to use on my Canon 5d body. When I saw a used but in excellent condition adapter for sale through Amazon Warehouse deals, and the seller kept dropping the price on it pretty much on a daily basis, seemingly desperate to get rid of it, I took the chance once it was down to $75.00 and purchased it. Thankfully, it didn’t disappoint me. I tried out two of my Mamiya lenses – the 250mm (non APO) and the 180mm VSF – with the adapter. It’s not a super convenient set-up. The huge Mamiya lenses make my Canon 5d look tiny and feel rather front-heavy, and I wish that the focusing ring on the adapter were a bit smoother, but it works, and I think it works well if you’re shooting subjects that can stand relatively still and allow you to get the focus right.
Here are two examples shot with the 180mm VSF lens with no soft focus discs. This first image was shot at f8, so there is only a slight hint of soft focus visible if you look carefully. I love how the setting sunlight illuminated only a small part of our pond:
This is also the 180mm VSF lens with no discs, but a wide open aperture. There is something I like about this shot, but it is definitely too soft to be a good image. There is also a bit of motion blur from my daughter moving on the swing, so it’s actually a complete mess of an image, but I wanted to add it just to show the effect of the lens wide open with no discs. I think the lens wide open could actually create a lovely dreamy landscape image in right lighting, but it’s too much for people shots.
And here is the 250mm lens. The first image was taken with the aperture wide open at f/4.5, and I’m really surprised about how sharp and detailed the in-focus areas are:
I can’t remember what aperture setting I was using for this last shot. Knowing me, it was quite possibly wide open again or a step or two down, I love me some shallow depth of field.