Wouldn't you love this camera?

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by brent8927, May 21, 2005.

  1. brent8927

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    http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=6532556521&category=28221

    This thing just looks cool. If I had the money (!) I'd bid on this thing... I was planning on being in a low gravity environment with no atmosphere next month....

    Seriously though, I just wanted to let others get a glimpse of the camera. I thought it was really interesting. My assumption is that it wasn't brought to the moon because they would have mentioned it if it was... Well... that and the fact that the camera would have been quarantined on arrival to Earth with everything else that was contaminated with lunar dust, or maybe they just left it on the moon... I'm not quite sure...

    Check out the other Hassy for the moon...

    http://cgi.liveauctions.ebay.com/ws...tem=6532556518&category=28221&sspagename=WDVW

    I'm really curious to know if anyone will bid on such expensive items from a seller in Vienna with zero feedback...
     
  2. Flotsam

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    I understand that they left several of these on the moon, free for the taking.
     
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    Lets pitch in for a space ship and collect the loot :smile:

    Even if it wasnt actually in space - its still a great (albeit pricy) piece of history AND photo-technology. I'd bid if I had the money... then again, its easy to spend money you don't have.
     
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    Heck, I can't afford a normally Hassy, let alone one with an anti-gravity chamber built in!

    Now I can look up at the moon with a whole desired to visit!

    Dave
     
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    Well, it's accurate. Check out these images from Apollo 12. (I posted them in another thread already).

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    and the closup

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    I got a real kick out of the reminder to "remove dark slide". I don't know if it was only the NASA cameras that had that, but I liked it.

    Matt

    --on second look, the "remove dark slide" label is below the lock-lever in the Apollo 12 shot, and it is in front of it in the auction camera. I wonder when they made that change?
     
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    I got a hoot from the "remove dark slide" lable too!

    I got about $500 or so... What do we need, a couple billion to buy a spaceship? I know there's still a Saturn V (the rocket used to go to the moon, I believe it's much more powerful than what's used today) sitting out in front of the NASA building... Maybe we can hijack (spacejack?) the Lunar Rover in the Smithsonian... except it's probably just a model! Then there's the whole flight control team...
     
  7. David A. Goldfarb

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    They are a legitimate auction house that specializes in collectible cameras. You can sign up for their auctions directly on their website, which I would do rather than going through eBay. I know J. P. Mose has bought one or two items from them, if he's around here (I run into him mostly on on the LF forum).
     
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    I couldn't afford either of those but have actually heard of the seller before. I got a flyer from them a few years ago advertising a Leica body and lens rescued from the remains of the Hindenburg crash.
     
  9. André E.C.

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    Starting at 12.000 euros?
    Without any doubt, NASA was a great partnership for Hasselblad, both cameras and prices had gone to the moon:smile:!
    Even if I had the money, I can`t stop asking myself, for what?

    Cheers

    André
     
  10. David A. Goldfarb

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    Personally, I'm waiting for the NASA Aerotechnika myself.
     
  11. Flotsam

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    Also, If you can go and get it. You can have the coolest Golf Cart ever!
     
  12. David Brown

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    And in cold storage, too!
     
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    Stupid questions here .... as they were designed to work in the moons gravity, would they work on earth or are they very expensive door stops?
     
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    I don't think gravity would affect the operation of the camera, otherwise you would always have to hold the camera level, and you certainly couldn't shoot upside down with the camera over your head.

    On the moon, I suppose, any tripod under 200 Earth pounds is just worthless.
     
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    I'm with David on this one. A Lunar Linhof would be lovely. :D
     
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    I think that their prime function would in impressing the bejezuz out of your fellow APUGers.

    My question would be, I wonder if all your pictures would have those little reference grid crosses on them, like you see in all the moon photos?
     
  18. David A. Goldfarb

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    Consider them an artistic device.
     
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    where is the grid placed, is it on the film plane or some how in the lens? It would seem to me that anything off the film lane would be blurry.
     
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    Must be on the film plane, they are sharp as tacks.
     
  21. David A. Goldfarb

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    Interesting--so does it have a glass film carrier? That would be a cool thing.
     
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    Nah, it would be too much trouble to keep cleaning the moon dust off of it.

    I Googled on "Apollo moon photos", almost every site in the list had to do with whether the moon visits were a hoax.
    The internet is so educational :rolleyes:
     
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    You would be better served with a standard SWC and 500CM than either camera. I would love to have a Mark 70 with 60mm f5.6 Biogon and 100mm 3.5 Planar with Reseau plates. Just think about your strret photos with a nice grid...perfect for squares.
     
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    NASA has most of the images from the missions on a site somewhere in 3MB files that are good to about 8x10. There are 3 companies that are allowed to scan the negatives if you want one of the more obscure images or one of higher resolution.

    We got the picture of Buzz Aldren ("Visor") from one of these companies. They were *very* cool about it, and let us have a high-res version for free. Even after cropping, it was good for a 16x20 image.

    Take a look at the original--major tilt. Even the versions normally shown have some tilt to the horizon.

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    I tried to work with an eBay "Live" auction a while back. I couldn't get in to use it. I would go direct to the Westlicht site if I could use that.

    Too bad--a Burke and James 8x10 with lens went for $60! Darn.


    Matt
     
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    As I recall, the one Apollo mission where they tried this, it failed. They were going to do a detailed lunar map, but the CM pilot couldn't get the camera to work. I forget which mission this was, but it was probably around 14 or 15.

    They didn't consider it worth the fuel to lift the Hassy's off the lunar surface. This LF camera never went down, but it could be that it was left in the LEM to make room lunar rocks or something.

    Matt