The 645 of Phase One is a slightly peculiar camera. In fact, realistically it does not refer to a camera, but to an open platform developed in conjunction with Phase One and Mamiya in the somewhat distant 2008. More precisely, a Danish company has announced a new lens to work in conjunction with 645. The lens of Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm f/4.0-5.6 .
This optic lens has been designed by Phase One in conjunction with Mamiya and Schneider Kreuznach with the sole purpose, according to its makers, of making a lens to complement the 75-150 mm f/4.0-5.6, which they already count with. And the truth is that it is the details of the optic architecture which we find interesting.
The optical design occurs in 15 elements, two of those aspherical, organized in 11 groups. But the most attractive feature, according to its makers, is that this lens has been designed to offer a higher quality image than those offered by professional photographers.
I don’t know if you will have an occasion to try for a moment the 645 equipped with this lens and with great digital backup. Like the IQ250 that we spoke about at the beginning of this year. I absolutely would not mind if this were to fall into my hands. However, the price of this lens leaves no doubt as to the vocation of a dedicated professional. This price is nothing less than 6.660 dollars.