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    cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    I have a few CF lenses that has not been used for decades. For instance I have a Hasselblad Tele-Tessar 350/5.6 CF that I bought new in -87 something. This lens has ben used about 10 rolls of Velvia 120 in its whole life and not used for a very very long time.
    Could it be fun to buy the best adaptor available (whatever that is) and for instance mate it with a Sony Nex 7 ? Or would you suggest another body?

    Or put it like this, with a few Hblad Cf lenses, a few Contax lenses both G and normal ones - what body would you buy to put these oldies at work?
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    The NEX bodies are tiny, and it would be very weird to have such large lenses on them. On the other hand, they have good sensors. The menu system is a bit counter-intuitive. The 5N might be the best bet right now, with the 7 being largely unavailable. In any case, it is not clear if the 24MP on an APS-C sensor doesn't kill the theoretical sharpness advantage, and ISO is worse at full res, and about the same downsized.

    There is also the MFT system, but the sensor and cameras are even smaller. I don't think there is anything else interesting which would take Contax G lenses. Regular Contax lenses are probably better off on a 5DII. Some can be adapter to Nikons as well, and I am using a 50/1.7 and 80-200/4 on my D3.
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    Yes, I thought about the odd 'look' of the tiny Nex at the end of that Hasselblad bazooka. But image quality before looks
    If you think only the Hasselblad lenses, would you rather go with a Canon 7D or 5Dii?
    Actually, the cropfactor of a 7D (or nex7) would make the 350 become a 525 and that is really nice - IF it could render top notch image quality!
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    Dan, one concern that comes to mind re: using CF lenses on a NEX: if your focus ring is well dumped like those on my CFs are, you probably will have a hard time in trying and focussing the lens holding the tiny NEX body and trying to turn that focus ring...
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    Vieri, I think it is close to impossible My thinking is not to use the 350 handheld but rather have a sturdy lens-coupling to the tripod and take it from there....
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    Dan, that makes a lot of sense to me turn the whole camera to focus that thing!
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    You could use a Horseman TS-Pro to mate the lenses with a 35mm sensor DSLR body. You could also look into a Novaflex universal bellow to mate a 35mmDSLR to a Hasselblad lens. You would think an adapter to your Alpa would be easy...
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    To really take advantage of these lenses you should use the largest sensor you can afford. A Mamiya 645 AFD with a 22 MP mamiya ZD back and a Hasselblad to mamiya adapter. You will have to shoot with manual stop down and manual focus.

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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    Quote Originally Posted by FredBGG View Post
    To really take advantage of these lenses you should use the largest sensor you can afford. A Mamiya 645 AFD with a 22 MP mamiya ZD back and a Hasselblad to mamiya adapter. You will have to shoot with manual stop down and manual focus.
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    Doug, any nice deals on Contax or Rolleiflex mount backs?
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    Re: cheap body to mate hasselblad cf lenses

    I am not sure I would mount Hasselblad lenses on any modern DSLR, to be honest. They might not live up to the demands. Both my 110/2 and 250/4 FE lenses are not the sharpest on my D3, and that is just a 12MP camera. Stopped down a bit they are okay, but these are not fast lenses on a DSLR, like they are on MF.
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