500C/M or 2000FC?

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  1. kminov

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    Hi guys,

    I am offered a choice between a 500C/M with an Opton 4/50 and a 2000FC with HASSELBLAD 80MM F/2.8 T* F PLANAR, both with some extra stuff at roughly the same price, about 600 euro. Which of the two would be a better choice? I know of the 2000FC shortcomings, my only concern is that I have never seen an Opton lens and I have absolutely no idea how it performs.
    Recommendations? Thanks!
     
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    I have never heard of it and cannot imagine it would top a T* Hasselblad lens.

    Tough one, as I like a fully manual camera body.
     
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    I was curious about the Opton as I'd never heard of it. Here is what I found:
    "The ownership of the name "(Carl) Zeiss) was disputed after the break up of the firm when the second world war ended and parts of it were moved to the "West" to become Carl Zeiss Oberkochen, and parts of it remained in what then became the GDR.
    The name "OPTON" is supposedly taken from *OP*tische Werke *O*berkoche*N*. Though i'm not sure that it really is.
     
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    Yes, I found that much too, but I have no idea how they perform
     
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    The lenses labeled "opton" were generally destined for export beyond the iron curtain. They should perform on par with "normal" Zeiss lenses. Some do even fetch higher prices among collectors nowadays, since they are somewhat rare.
     
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    At least buy a 500C/M, much better than 500C, which are dark and lack the ability to change focusing screens.
     
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    yes, I came to this conclusion myself, will be neither of these kits, I spotted in the classifieds section here a very nice kit, so I'll take it - 500cm it is. thank you all!
     
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    You might consider taking a couple of rolls of film with you to inspect the cameras and shoot with each, check the results and performance before making a final decision. Personally, I think the 500CM is the way to go. There are plenty of lenses available to add to your kit.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/
     
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    well, testing is not much of an option, the camera being several thousand miles from where I am
     
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    In that case it would be best if the seller has a reliable return policy. The buyer should always beware.
     
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    Don't be scared of a 500C if you can find a good deal on one. I got a jammed up 500C that was in nearly immaculate condition, along with a 500EL, and a chrome 80/2.8 for 250 even. The 500C had an upgraded split image focusing screen, and after $300 worth of repairs, I had a perfectly working 500C, 500EL, and 80, to go with my 500EL/M, 150, and 250. I don't consider 550 all told, bad at all for 2 bodies and a lens.
     
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    chris, this was really a very good deal, indeed. congrats :smile:
     
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    Thanks for the tip. Nothing interesting there right now, but 503cx kit for 500 Euros is insane.