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Looking to Shoot Film again with Medium Format camera


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Back in the day ( 1970's 1995 ) I was using Hassy 500C/M and did so many weddings with it. Love the camera and IQ and reliability.
Now I am OLDER and Not as steady as I was back then hand holding it.
I am semi retired and looking to stay Busy ( which I do) and try Film again.
My concerns are: 1- Cost of film Now and processing and Scanning Neg. to Digital file.
2- What does the Near Future hold for supply of film and how much more will costs go up
I like shooting Digital ( Have a Hassy X1D2) BUT want to see how the portraits look using film.
Any suggestions which way to go with this? What System and lens choice for portraits( I shoot waist up and Head and shoulder shots) with just 1 lens now.
MY other concern is I use OCF a lot for my portraits.
Thank you in advance for recommendations.
I read about this : Not Cheap and Not sure how it compares to other MF Film cameras today

Hasselblad 202FA + Zeiss Planar F 2.8/80 T * + E12 film back


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You can do the math on costs if that's the biggest concern.

Film costs will always be a thing. You can minimize your costs per image by self-developing and/or self-scanning. Let's say you're shooting Portra 400 at $14/roll, use a lab to develop for $8/roll and then self-scan using your Hasselblad digital camera (assuming you keep this). Current costs then are around $1.80 per shot.

Good news is that film cameras appreciate more than depreciate these days if you care for them well. People still want to shoot film, but no one makes the cameras, so second-hand prices keep going up. My 503CX is worth more than I paid for it 4 years ago. I have a little more concern though with cameras that rely on electronics compared to fully mechanical operation--availability of repair could be a risk for anyone owning an older camera. With many cameras though, you could easily get most if not all of your money back within a short time if you change your mind and your only cost is for the amount of film you use.

Looking at Hasselblad, the 200 series cameras are the newest and most expensive bodies. Their most significant advantage is that they have a focal plane shutter and so they can use the faster lenses designed for it. You can get an 80/2.8 CF leaf shutter lens though. This is my main Hasselblad lens as well. You might want these anyways for faster OCF sync speeds(?), and if that's the case go with a 500 series camera again. Fully mechanical, iconic cameras are destined to hold their value well and these are great to shoot as you know.


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Thank you Graham. I appreciate the Info you gave me. I was thinking of the Hassy H1 so I have AF as well Let me know what you think about the H1 possibility


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BTW a Mamiya 645 AF can sometimes be found quite affordably because there is almost no way to make it digital. But it all depends on what kind of deal one finds.


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My main film system is and stays Hasselblad V. The Zeiss lenses are very good. The price was going up quite a bit recently.

But since I bought Pentax 645 lenses for digital use, I also tried them on film.
All I can say: I am now a big fan of the Pentax 645 system. It‘s cheap and good. I do not have any experience with the autofocus bodies though.


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Do you mean Pentax 645 Digital camera or Film Camera? I know how good they are as I used them on the 645Z and reasonable . Thank you


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I use the lenses on my GFX camera and also more recently on the original Pentax 645. This camera lacks autofocus though, the 645N would provide that.