Hey Patrick, First of all: Amazing images. I especially liked the shots of the sea recently. I have a sorta technical question: I too have the Mamiya 55mm f/4.5 (on a Mamiyaflex C2), and I've not shot that many rolls with it (10 or so) but it does seem to flare quite badly in cases, your images don't really exhibit this kind of flare. Are you shooting with a hood on? Or is your C330 maybe better baffled internally? Thanks again and Cheers!
Like you, I’ve found the flare on the 55mm Sekor to be difficult to deal with. It might not show as much in the images I post but that’s mainly because I just don’t post the ones with really bad flare. Even for a wide angle lens, I was surprised with flare patterns like these:
I actually don’t have a hood for any of my Sekor lenses. I looked into getting one, but couldn’t find a good deal. I’m sure it would be of some help, but my 80mm lens handles flare very well, so it hasn’t been as much of an issue and the 55mm does so poorly, that I just try to avoid using it in situations when there are a lot of direct street lights or other things that make things messy. It’s possible that your situation could be worse with the C2. I used to have issues with light reflecting in the film chamber of my Yashica Mats at night (my Rolleiflex 2.8F does this a little as well), but since using the C330, those problems have gone away. I did use a hood on my Yashica Mat, but that didn’t always help. If your C2 has the same problem, I know some people who have painted the inside of their film chambers to try and eliminate that issue. That’s something you might consider.
By the way, I’ve actually owned two 55mm lenses for the Mamiya. The first one was stolen. I thought that perhaps my particular copy was the issue (worn coatings or something like that?) but when I replaced it I ran into the same issues as before. So I just try and use the 80mm lens for everything I can and only bring out the 55 when conditions are just right for it. I also have the 65 and it picks up more flare as well, but it’s still much better than the 55.
Wish I had better news to report. I’ve only used this system for a couple years so maybe someone with more experience will come along and offer a good solution.