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    Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Sorry if this was posted before. I just saw it today.

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200704169394800

    Keep thinking this guy is almost lucky he still uses film. If that was a digital Hasselblad, there would have been a storm surge of tears.

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Sad to see but Michael Kenna's good for getting another one ... gratis I'm sure.

    He's one of my artistic inspirations - I love his work.
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    As Oscar Wilde said, "my tastes are simple, I only like the best"
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    So, they don't float. I was wondering about that.

    I thought you were supposed to wash the film after you took the picture--maybe that is how he gets his look.

    That must have sure impressed the documentary film crew. At least it was windy which helps the camera to dry out.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    I was told that you should put it in a bucket of fresh water immediately if completely drenched. However, I would think that it's RIP and probably has a nice salt water patina by now.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    RIP--Rust In Place. I think he will need a new camera, but there are lots of Hasselblad dealers in Japan and he should be OK.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    So, they don't float. I was wondering about that...
    I think the Lunar can float, but perhaps only in space.

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by wentbackward View Post
    I think the Lunar can float, but perhaps only in space.
    You can't hear it scream either...

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Shashin View Post
    RIP--Rust In Place..
    Hmm, that reminds me of my beloved '73 MGB roadster
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Drying off salt water... no, I don't think that will help much

    The question is: did he have a backup camera or did he finish the assignment with someones iPhone?

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Hmm, that reminds me of my beloved '73 MGB roadster
    But in case of the MGB, that was a feature, not a bug.

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    He has my total sympathy. My IQ 180 fell off my DF into a river - fortunately fresh water, and fortunately insured. It cost $5,000 to "remanufacture".

    And I still love it - though I now check the body locking mechanism a lot more carefully!

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    since its time in the water was short and this looks to be a mechanical Hassleblad, I'm thinking it is probably saveable - even if it was salt water... needs the fresh water bath. I'm sure that there are might be a few Hasselblad repair people in Japan.

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Jorgen Udvang View Post
    The question is: did he have a backup camera or did he finish the assignment with someones iPhone?
    I'd probably buy his iPhone photos ... talent doesn't need high end gear. That's a bitch.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Timeless camera, I wonder who 30 years from now will still be shooting with a Hasselblad H4D or a Phase One DF+?

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    the fix used to be:

    soak in a bucket of fresh water
    then soak in alcohol, which hopefully would evaporate after taking the water away.

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Ugh--heartbreaking to see that!

    In the sea, an electronic camera (which his wasn't) would be gonzo pretty quickly.

    But if it does happen to you, remove all power sources immediately, and thereafter immerse in fresh water. Ideally running fresh water to move all the salt out of the system.

    From there drying before applying power is key. Sunlight, bags of uncooked rice and lots of time are your friends when drying. I've had an iPhone survive such a scenario (even though the battery could not be removed).

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by JorisV View Post
    Timeless camera, I wonder who 30 years from now will still be shooting with a Hasselblad H4D or a Phase One DF+?
    Likely only a handful, if any.

    We still come across users actively using a Phase One PowerPhase which are from 1996 (17 years old), a hefty chunk of 30. Also many H20 users which are from 2001 (12 years old). Still, I don't expect that in 13 more years we'd see any PowerPhase users left other than novelty users.

    A tech camera like an Arca with a large format digital lens on the other hand I expect may well still be around in niche-but-active capacity.

    Of course I'm just guessing. Let's talk again in 30 years.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by David Schneider View Post
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    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10200704169394800

    Keep thinking this guy is almost lucky he still uses film. If that was a digital Hasselblad, there would have been a storm surge of tears.
    Yes, it would have been a much more expensive loss were the camera a digital Hasselblad. But that's really not at issue here.

    Michael is a good guy, I like his photos a lot, and that 'Blad has been the tool that made a lot of them for 30 years. Sad to see a nice old camera come to an end that way.

    I have lost a camera or two in similarly unexpected ways over the years. While I rarely get all that attached to a particular camera, it's always a minor heartbreak to see one get snuffed out like that.

    According to the caption: "Michael Kenna's beloved Hasselblad falls in the sea in Korea last month - he's used this camera since 1983. Having replaced this camera with a new one in Tokyo last week Michael's old camera is now on display at Hasselblad Japan."

    In the end it's just equipment, regardless what it cost. Replace it and continue ... life goes on.

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Geoff View Post
    the fix used to be:

    soak in a bucket of fresh water
    then soak in alcohol, which hopefully would evaporate after taking the water away.
    Soaking in water followed by soaking in alcohol solves many of life's little problems too. I highly recommend it.
    Remember: adventure before dementia!

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Nothing that happened to that camera that a decent CLA won't cure.
    I have a couple of old Hassys that I treat to a shoot when the girls come around, but it looks like to be cool I need to be shooting wet-plate.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Soaking in water followed by soaking in alcohol solves many of life's little problems too. I highly recommend it.
    Does a good scotch drunk while in a hot tub qualify?
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    Does a good scotch drunk while in a hot tub qualify?
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    Only if the camera is soaking in a bucket of vodka.
    Main issue is probably going to be the auxiliary shutter if they.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Caulfeild-Browne View Post
    Does a good scotch drunk while in a hot tub qualify?
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    Absolutely! That's how I'd recover from dunking my Hassy in the sea (or my last one of dumping my DF/P40+ & 75-150 on to a rock from 5ft at a GetDPI workshop - luckily the last day!).
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Not telling tales out of school, but you might ask Guy what happened to one of his Hassys
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Quote Originally Posted by GrahamWelland View Post
    Absolutely! That's how I'd recover from dunking my Hassy in the sea (or my last one of dumping my DF/P40+ & 75-150 on to a rock from 5ft at a GetDPI workshop - luckily the last day!).
    Was that you? I did it too with an IQ180.
    But nothing happened except the lens hood got a bit scuffed.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Awwww, i can't imagine it, my worst accident happened to my H4D is that i dropped it on a hard floor, sent for service and it costs me about a price of 5DII *new* 2 years ago.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    I had a Rollei 6008AF with a 180/2.8 Schneider go over in the Icelandic wind once...luckily it had a soft landing and bar from some scratches on the lens hood, nothing went out (believe me, I checked!). But once you have had this happen, you don't really leave your tripod alone anymore for any period of time! At least not in the wind here. I figured a 7 or 10lb camera and lens combo like that giant rollei and lens would be fine, but it was not the case!
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Awkward with a tripod, but I usually work with the camera strap around my neck. (That way, when I slip and fall, I can take out the camera and tripod at the same time as hanging myself. But folks do say the extra weight can stabilized the tripod.)

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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Actually, I am generally very careful with gear, but the moment I decided to man-up and get camera insurance was shortly after I got the S2. I was photographing in the night, on a tripod, and I was on a dock. I backed up and tripped over a big mooring cleat, and fell directly on my ***, padded by a bag containing my 120mm Macro and 35mm 2.5. The tripod came down with me, and I caught the S2 about six inches from the ground on its way to a 10000 euro repair. Everything was completely unscathed, but for my confidence in my own invincibility. Now I have a policy to cover these sorts of things, but that time it was a good thing I still have quick reflexes!
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    And you were lucky enough not to have a video crew recording that or you could have gone viral on GetDPI long ago. LOL But I know how that feels--I had insurance when I took a tumble in the Japanese alps and broke my fall with my camera, which also broke.
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    If anyone wants to know, I can describe the 'wump' as a DF body hits a rock and smash & tinkle sound that an exploding lens hood, ND filter and 75-150D lens makes as it follows. That also is as good a recommendation for insurance (and also adjusting your Arca-Swiss clamp properly) as anything.

    Btw, net result was one repairable 75-150D, one dead ND filter and a completely obliterated lens hood. That in itself also is testament to not only the flare busting capabilities but also the impact absorbing capabilities of the humble plastic lens hood. DF body and P40+ were unscathed although suspiciously the Phase One shutter did spectacularly self destruct six months later. (Body was serviced at the same time as the lens).

    Be careful out there people ...

    Stuart - I can also atest to the hardness and immovability of mooring cleats/bollards after walking in to one on a boat in Sydney harbour while composing with my xpan at the time. They are definitely harder and more immovable than the human knee! (You also look an idiot as you face plant over on to the deck too)
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    Re: Hasselblad Falls into the Sea

    Yes, the absence of a video recording crew was highly appreciated. These are the dangers of having a beautiful aurora overhead. My mom is a huge birder, and her number one rule is to never walk while looking through binoculars, particularly in the jungle. There are many snakes (fer de lance) that will leave you be, unless you just happen to step on them. The dangers of harbor cleats pale in comparison.
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