150mm CF or 160mm CB for Hasselblad...

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  1. film_man

    film_man Member

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    So I want to buy a 150-ish mm lens and for my current budget I can get a 150CF or a 160CB. The end use is travel, portraits handheld and for close-ups with tubes. Any particular reason why I should pick one over the other? I have a 80CB and am very happy with it so I don't have any issues with getting a CB lens.

    As far as I can tell, besides the insignificant focal length and aperture differences, the 160CB is perhaps a bit lighter, will have the easier focusing that the newer lenses have and...that's about it? I intend to use the lens handheld and mostly wide open. I'm leaning towards the 160CB simply because it is newer.

    Is there something I'm missing?

    On the other hand...an old 150CT* is half the money of either of those lenses...

    Thanks for any opinions!
     
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    I would also had gone for the CB160.
    For the reasons that you have mention.
     
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    My 150CF is blazingly sharp. And its my #1 go-to lens when I use my Hasselblad kit.

    Of course "blazingly sharp" is when its correctly focused :wink:

    and the cost(low if you buy right) of entry with a 150CF is pretty darn tempting. I'm not sure what a 160CB would go for, but since its newer, I'd imagine it'd go for more $$$ than the CF, even one in good condition.

    -Dan
     
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    Well the cost is £200-300 for a CT, £400-500 for a CF and I found a couple of mint 160CBs for £500-600. The newest 150CFi ones are anything from £800 to £1200.
     
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    ditto
     
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    Have a look at this test, the 160mm seems no bad lens at all. I would prefer the 160CB over the 150CT* just because the latter is m u c h older and you won´t know whether the shutterspeed are still correct. But I don´t know about macro abilities. On the other hand, the 120/4 is also a very nice lens for portraiture and close ups, and it is light and compact as well.

    http://www.olegnovikov.com/technical/cb160vscfe180/cb160vscfe180.shtml