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    Perhaps my spritely age of 21 means my words are worthless in this situation, but...

    A Hasselblad isn't that expensive in the grand scheme of things. If you feel like you would have to hide a $700-1000 purchase then you probably shouldn't be making it at all. There are tons of Hasselblads out there, I'm sure one will be waiting for you in a year.
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    Hahaha... It has been very amusing to read all sugestions. Thank you guys who expressed concern about the honest relation between husband and wife. No offense taken.

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    Well, you can't be a proper father-photographer without a MF to take decent portraits of your baby. Besides, you intend to take pictures of all the family gathering, especially when you invite her relatives, whom you love so dearly. They'll be proud to have beautiful large prints hanging in their living room.

    It is most common amongst photographers to buy expensive digital cameras (show her prices) when a baby is born in anticipation of the thousands pictures to be taken. It is actually your precise duty as the man of the family to take care of the documentation side of the "biologic project".

    Does she really want her child to never know how beautiful she was when she was young? Time for decent portraits before it's too late.

    You probably have friends of your age having babies as well. Do notice their expenditure in electronic devices.

    Old mechanical cameras never really lose value. Both of you can see them as a "reserve of value". A digital camera wouldn't be the same.

    If nothing else work, consider begin hiding your income from her lawyer

    (in general, the advice about being a real man is very valid overall. Don't let her dictate your choices. If you feel buying the Hasselblad is right, that means it is right).
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    Trade up (trading one camera in for the blad). As far as she's concerned, and I assume it's truthful, that you're nesting. You are preparing for the baby and want a nice camera to photograph it with. Ignore the notion you won't have time/money to photograph when the baby comes. There's lots of hurry up and wait time and it's a wonderful time in the life of a photographing parent to be making photos.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Smith View Post
    I have two... but don't tell my wife!

    Steve.
    I have two 10x8's as well but as they look the same I just make sure they never get seen together

    I have the opposite problem with many of my cameras, my wife wants some left on display when not in use - in Turkey and each tome we travle back from the UK wants me to take others !!!!! some have just been restored and are still untried so that's not on. I recently managed to overcome this when I found a bargain box of cameras at a camera fair and bought duplicates at £1-£3 each, but that also threw up jewels like a mint Zorki C and a very nice post WWII Ikonta, so ironically that makes it worse.

    My biggest problem is going to be explain the whole plate camera I have sat waithing for me to collect in 2 weeks when she knows I've two others bought as parts plus another early half plate camera that just needs new bellows. I guess the upside is they are worth mor5e than I paid for them, an identiacl half plate camera again missing its bellows sold for more than 3x what I paid, and its the same for the whole plate camert.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Ok, there is a real easy solution to your problem. Just tell her you picked it up for $20 at a garage sale because the seller said that no one wants a film camera, especially a large bulky one. See just tell her that and everything will be ok!
    That sounds about right.

    Luckily I am picking up cameras at camera fairs and flea markets very cheaply and usually restoring them so they are worth significantly more than I paid, even more if I sold them in the right places in Turkey wher old cameras are real collectors items.

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    Do you hide your cameras from your wife?

    If all your other cameras are 35mm sell them all and buy the hassy who needs 35 anyway look at all the space you will save your wife and how you've cleaned things up in preparation for the baby


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    Well, Yeah!!!!

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    I know this is only a forum but this entire thing seems a bit shady to me. Why hide it from your wife? Does she hide things from you? I would personally recommend having a discussion with your wife, explaining why you need it and listening to her reasoning about why this is not a good purchase for you? At least then everything is on the table. Maybe you really don't need it, or maybe you should agree to sell something else to help you raise the money to purchase it.

    Don't get me wrong, my wife and I don't always agree on these things either. I bought an M6 a while back that she was not in favor of, and still isn't. I already owned several nice rangefinders and she could not understand why I needed this one. Actually she was right. I really don't need it, but I do enjoy working with it. However, it was not a surprise when it arrived. I agreed to sell a couple other things to help defray the cost and, though she still is a little irked over it, she accepts that I wanted it and didn't blow the rent money buying it.

    Obviously this is only my own opinion and everyone else is perfectly welcome to completely ignore it if you want. The fact that my wife and I have been happily married for 39 years should in no way effect your decision.

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    Sometimes it seems that we may be the lucky ones Sirius Glass. I do sometimes feel a bit sorry that some who enjoy photography don't also seem to enjoy the full support of their partners. As for the fights, well I can't say we have never had a disagreement or two. But so far we have always been able to sort it out.

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    To be honest, I can relate to your situation. I also have gone through the acquisition phase of both children and cameras. My solution was to focus on my family (first responsibility!), while exploiting every opportunity I could get to earn some income from my photography. On average I pocket about $1500 to $2000 per year from photographic work. It is not much, but it means I can buy my gear without having to "steal" from the family finances. I also do a lot of bargain hunting, and only buy when I am sure of an absolute bargain, i.e. I could sell it for the same price or better if I had to in a pinch. Children are small only once for a very short time, but used cameras will always be there. You may later regret not focusing your devotion on your child when it is still small. I never regret a missed "bargain", because there are always more of them.

    How sure are you that you need a Hasselblad per se? I mean, there are other options too, like a 645 system or perhaps Pentax or Mamiya 6x7 systems as well. They are generally more affordable. I got a Mamiya RZ Pro II with 110/2.8 lens, two film backs, extension tube and a few other minor accessories, for $500, and I have taken beautiful photographs of my children with it. That has pleased my wife to the point where she now lives quite happily under one roof with the Mamiya. In her office hangs a darkroom print of each of our children, and in our house there are plenty more. The point is that if you get the MF camera, you also have to produce something with it, that either you get paid for, or that contributes to decorating your home. I don't think your wife could have much of an issue with it then.

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