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    Hasselblad system - need your advice

    Hi,

    I posted this in the MF forum but it seems that it was the wrong place. You can click on this link if you want to see the picture:

    http://forum.getdpi.com/forum/showthread.php?t=19942

    Basically, I am looking to introduce back some film in my work. Previously I used Bronica and I am looking to get a Hassy (well, I'm still debating between this and the new Fuji ).

    Here is the scoop:

    Hasselblad 503CW Chrome Medium Format
    50mm lens
    150 mm lens
    5 backs
    Hasselblad flash
    Compete Outfit EXCELLENT++

    I will also try to attach an image.

    Here are the questions:

    1. Price: is it good deal, fair price or overpriced ($1,900)?
    2. Lenses: what kind of lenses are these (chrome)?
    3. What should I look for? (aside from the obvious external condition)
    4. Does it work with digital backs, untethered?
    5. Can you get a prism that has a build in meter (I don't want to carry a light meter with me)?

    Any other advice?

    Thanks,
    Valentin

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    Re: Hasselblad system - need your advice

    See my extensive answer to the same question on your other thread in the Medium Format section.

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    Re: Hasselblad system - need your advice

    I won't comment on the suitability of these older lenses for a possible digital back, but I will say that if you're interested in a camera that will serve you equally well for film and digital....it's hard to beat the 503CW. I bought one (with the 16 mp CFV-II digital back) and the 40mm CFE IF lens. It's a great setup, although of course, I wish it had a full frame square sensor.

    Whether this particular camera/lens package is the best deal or not....it's hard to go wrong with a 503CW, film backs, digital back and lenses....as long as you recognize the limitations of a CFV-16 back and the likelihood that we will NEVER see a full frame square digital sensor for it. And of course....no autofocus.

    Gary
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    Re: Hasselblad system - need your advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
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    Whether this particular camera/lens package is the best deal or not....it's hard to go wrong with a 503CW, film backs, digital back and lenses....as long as you recognize the limitations of a CFV-16 back and the likelihood that we will NEVER see a full frame square digital sensor for it. And of course....no autofocus.

    Gary
    Thank you Gary. Since this will not be my main working camera, the AF is not big on my list.

    OK. Maybe I should ask this the other way: what's the best system if you want to use both film and digital (MF of course)?

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    Re: Hasselblad system - need your advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Valentin View Post
    Thank you Gary. Since this will not be my main working camera, the AF is not big on my list.

    OK. Maybe I should ask this the other way: what's the best system if you want to use both film and digital (MF of course)?
    Best system? Oh man....I don't think there is a right answer to that question. Depends on what your criteria are. Square format? Ok, that rules out the Mamiya RZ67 (an excellent camera). Square not important? That changes the calculation....see what I mean?

    You need to figure out what YOUR requirements are....they could be very different from mine or anyone else's.

    Gary

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    Re: Hasselblad system - need your advice

    It's way overpriced, IMO. Look for a better deal (shouldn't be hard to find).

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    Re: Hasselblad system - need your advice

    Quote Originally Posted by bensonga View Post
    Best system? Oh man....I don't think there is a right answer to that question. Depends on what your criteria are. Square format? Ok, that rules out the Mamiya RZ67 (an excellent camera). Square not important? That changes the calculation....see what I mean?

    You need to figure out what YOUR requirements are....they could be very different from mine or anyone else's.

    Gary
    Best in terms that will work with both film and digital. Initially, I would buy into the film part but I like the option to add a digital back further down the road.

    I would prefer square but I'm not too hang on it.

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    Re: Hasselblad system - need your advice

    Quote Originally Posted by jamie123 View Post
    It's way overpriced, IMO. Look for a better deal (shouldn't be hard to find).
    Thanks. It seems that the lenses are old as well (as in old type).

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