Zeiss introduces new lenses for Hasselblad

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  1. david b

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    I can't believe it but Carl Zeiss has introduced three lenses for the Hasselblad 500 series cameras.

    Here is the LINK.
     
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    I get the feeling that those will be the only V system lenses as Hasselblad will be discontinuing all the others.
    Why?
    - They have reverted back to the metallic look.
    - They call them "classic".
    - They cover the three common lengths: wide-angle, macro and portrait telephoto. They probably figured they don't need a "normal" perspective.
    - They don't seem different in specs from the ones present (the 120 has a typo that could either mean the larger apperture is 2 or 4).

    I think the new V catalog will be very, very thin...
     
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    I think they are sooooo nice.


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    They do look nice, however I am inclined to vote with Ari on this one. It is possible there is nothing "new" about these lenses. A good marketing move however, and a nice way to sell some of the old barrel inventory with new nomenclature....

    there are disgressonary dollars to be had in the market, this month's Men's Vogue has a nice full page ad from Leica for the M series film camera, you can choose your color, have it in red if you will and with matching lens caps no less!
     
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    "Classic" lenses? Doesn't that smell like nostalgia, although the V system is still current? Wait a minute...

    "Grandpa, you're not retiring, you've only become an icon, a classic!"
     
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    VERY COOL! Though I am certain like with most Hasselblad equipment, there is no way I could buy a lens new! :sad:
     
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    I'm not a 'Blad user, but this is the best line I've read all day: "ZEISS ZV Classic lenses contain no electronics whatsoever. They can therefore be used for many years without losing their value." (From the bottom of the Zeiss page linked above.)
     
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    I think it's cool that CZ is releasing these lenses again. I'm interested in the 50 f/4 Distagon...but am afraid as to how much it will cost...:sad:
     
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    I will be buying them once they are available. I just emailed calumet to see if there was a time frame.
     
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    I was thinking about selling my car and since it is in silver to it would not be so hard to get over the loss..


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    Well...I guess we weren't meant to see the new lenses as Zeiss has killed the page with the info on it.
     
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    Darn it! Guess I should've save those pix when I had a chance so I can put them on my computer Desktop image.
     
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    Remember "New Coke" and the return to the "original formula" in "Classic Coke"... which is not quite the same as the original. :surprised:
     
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    Hi...the pics are still available here (just scroll down) and here. :smile:
     
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    Seems like I've seen that knurling style before- on Cosina Noktons
     
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    This is an interesting development. I was assuming that the V was going to go out of production and I was pondering the possibilities of collecting Hassie cameras for fun and profit (Since they are better cameras, image wise, than Leica's, I figured they would become collectables and soon demand Leica-like prices). I'll put that idea on hold for a while.
     
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    Nice, but can I have them in black finish please?
    (from a CF series user)

    Cheers

    André
     
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    Well, I don't know what's going on with your computer, but the pages are still there as of 20s ago.

    I think I'll be the lone dissenter here. While I understand the nostalgic appeal and the retro fashion look to the lenses, I think they look ugly. I'm glad I bought my CFE and CFi lenses. Just my tastes. I hope they don't replace the CFE line with these lenses, THAT would be a marketing hiccup, I think.

    Regards, Art.
     
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    That was the rumor for sure, but Hasselblad made a statement that they were NOT going to discontinue the "V" series. Who knows what is really going to happen.

    While I am not crazy about the looks of the lens, it is more about how well they work in the system, yeah? :smile: Given Zeiss' reputation and the fact they designed the lenses in the first place ... should be better the average, no? :D