Starter Hasselblad. Ideas?

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  1. myopia

    myopia TPF Noob!

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    I have a mamiya 645 w/ Sekor-C 80mm lens, but the lens has been dropped and does not focus easily (not at all) and the shutter sometimes sticks and leaves me with half and half frames.
    I like the system and am considering upgrading to a Hasselblad. 500cm? Is the 500c cheaper? I will probably be using the Zeiss Planar-T 80mm/2.8 with it.
    Is this a good starter kit?
    Thanks.
     
  2. Paul Ron

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    Check out KEH n buy a new used lens for your M645 at 1/10 the cost of buying an old junker Hussy in your price range. The lenses are very expensive, the backs will cost you an arm n a leg... repairs aren't cheap n they all do need repairs.

    The best buys in MF... RB67, the tank of MF, the Bronica ETRS with least amount of repairs n the best price in the used camera n accessories in the market.
     
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    Thanks for the advice.
     
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    christopher walrath No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I can't any Hasselblad being considered a 'Starter Kit'. But what a system to acquire. Go for it! Don't hold back. You and your G.A.S. will thank you for it.
     
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    compur No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If you're on a budget you might want to check out the prices on Hasselblad
    lenses before buying into that system. They cost substantially more than
    lenses for the major Japanese MF cameras.
     
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    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    To play devil's advocate: Some would argue that now is the time to get into very good Hassy gear at rock bottom prices. When else could someone have picked up an entire Hassy kit for less than two grand?
     
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    A Hasselblad starter kit would be a body (500/CM/Classic ), 80mm lens, 120 back and a waist level finder you should be able pick one up on ebay for around $800 US
     
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    I have both RB67s and Hasseys, I recently sold my 500c/m and most of the lenses, as I found that I hardly used them. The only Hassey I have is an EL with a 150 Sonnar, I use it mostly for portrait work. My net cost was negative, I made money selling my others and don't feel bad keeping this one.

    The RBs go everywhere, and I run about 10-20 rolls a week through them, they are more cost effective and produce an image just as good as the Hassy does, and for 8x10 and non square prints, the difference in enlargement makes a huge difference.
     
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    The 500c is older, and usually slightly cheaper. The difference is that with the c/m the focusing screens are easily interchangable, and the A backs will automatically wind to the first frame and stop. With the c you have to watch for the #1, and stop winding on your own.
     
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    Seriously why not just buy another mamiya 645.... it's not like hasselblad's are immune to malfunction.

    IMO hasselblad's are to mamiya's as rollies are to yashica's: they are much more expensive, look prettier and make you feel special, but they take the same photos, and are no more reliable.
     
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    Except they don't take the same photos...
     
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    I'm sure I'll get flamed, but....


    Owning both Hassy and RB67's, yes, they're different, but the Hassy isn't always the clear winner. It comes down to what you shoot, and the most appropriate tool for the job. For larger enlargements, close to a 4x5 aspect ratio, the RB is the clear winner. (6x7 vs 6x4.5 or so after cropping). For square, it's a tossup. Yes, the Zeiss lenses are sharper, but is your tripod, technique and film up to the task? Any time I shoot with either, I'm resolution limited by my film choice, not the lens. I have shot (and made plenty of money) with both, and continue to do so.

    One thing to consider, the RB has the best damped mirror in the MF world, with the possible exception of the RZ. the hassy has a habit of setting some tripods into resonance.
     
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