My Great Return to Medium Format

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  1. minicoop1985

    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Well, folks, the time has come for me to make my comeback in my personal work. I'll be upgrading to a Hasselblad H2 with film back in the very near future (already bought the viewfinder). Now I need your help. I'm stuck between the 150mm f3.2 and the 80mm f2.8. I will be shooting cars as well as portraits. Maybe even a wedding or two. So given that, I'm leaning to the 150mm, but I need you to convince me either way.


     
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    150mm will be a nice portrait length on MF.
     
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    Yep. 150mm is in the short telephoto end. A 'normal' or 'standard' lens would be in the 90-100mm range. It iwll be the same as a 75mm on a full frame DSLR.

    It's going to be hard to choose between the two. Given my druthers, I'd get both and be ready to go.
     
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    Unless you absolutely need the compression from the 150mm lens, I'd opt for the 80mm f2.8. It's a bit wide angle for the format (80mm v. 85mm "normal"), but I'd like the extra half stop.

    Have you seen any comparisons between the bokeh of the two? I think that would be one more criterion.
     
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    Next stop: 4x5. [​IMG]
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    LOL. I have no desire to shoot large format at the moment. However, a GX680 (about as close to large format as I plan to get) is on my wish list.
     
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    Don't worry. You will sometime.
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Ordered a Hasselblad strap yesterday. Should be here tomorrow. Black emblazoned with Hasselblad in bright white. Could you really expect any less from me? lol

    I also picked up some film the other day.
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    OK folks, I have a question for you all. I have the opportunity to do one of two things. I can scrap the whole H2 idea for an H3D 39, or I can bay a Phase One back. If it were your choice, which would you choose, and why? The H3D is integrated and powered by one battery. The Phase One doesn't have a cooling fan, which adds to battery life. The Phase backs I'm looking at are 22 mp, which produces a beautiful image. The Hasselblad 39mp back also produces beautiful images, but there's the pixel density. 22mp seems to be the sweet spot for MF backs. The Phase One is also considerably older, unfortunately.
     
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    minicoop1985 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Small update: The H2 works. Found a fantastic deal on a 150mm 3.2, so I'm going to snag that whenever I can, and going to finance a Phase One P40+. Should make for one hell of a camera setup.
     
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    The phase one FX is a good camera add the IQ1 100 mp back and it's a very nice camera setup. I didn't really look at the P40 backs, I am sure they are nice though.
     

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