View Poll Results: Ever been asked "Is that a Hasselbad?"
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Yes, while shooting 35mm or smaller.
Yes, while shooting Medium Format
Yes, while shooting Large Format
Yes, and it was a Hasselblad!
I thought I'd answered this thread but can't find my post...
the correct answer (regardless of what camera I'm using at the time) is always "yes" or at most "pretty much the same" -- there's no point in putting people down. I'm close to 100% with gnashing on this.
If they want to talk about it further, that's great, though I'm usually disinterested in equipment and name brands and will try to steer their conversation to something actually about pictures or the local neighborhood or -- the always sure pleaser -- themselves.
Barring a studio setting, isn't photography about being inquisitive and curious? (or is it about having the biggest IS lens?)
Stuck a Hasselblad label (scanned from a Hassy advert) on my Kiev 88's top. THAT stopped them from asking questions!
ITAH? Tachihara 4x5-3 or 4 times. Kodak 2D 8x10-once. The most common question on the 2D is if I use flash powder. They seem disappointed that I do not.
Most of these questions are with the best of intentions, and I am very tolerant and forthright to genuinley interested people.
I did hear a guy with a D Rebel tell a bytander that his camera had "600mp"
and exceeded my 8x10 by a wide margin. Tommy5c was nearly peeing his pants as I pretended to be working on the other side of my camera and slowly counted to 10. The trend is for these guys to come out with a tele lens ("to get rid if that distracting foreground") and snap about 400 shots of a sunset (handheld).
Last edited by JBrunner; 07-09-2006 at 11:58 PM. Click to view previous post history.
"Is that a Hasselblad ?" Surprisingly I have never been asked this when trying to focus my Lubitel . :rolleyes:
Hmm- Wonder if she'd notice if I bought that :)
I was photographing Park Avenue at Arches a few years ago with a 8x10 Deardorff. When I was done a woman who had been behind me said that her father had a Hasselblad just like that. I asked her, "Just like this"? She said, oh yes. I told her that Hasselblads like this are very rare.
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Originally Posted by bobfowler
Yeah, I got three questions in one day while shooting a Leica M3 DS with 35mm Summaron (eyes):
- How many megapixels is that?
- Who makes that digital camera?
- Is that digital?
I once had a woman ask me if my Sinar was a rocket launcher.
Careful Steve, next time they might actually call the agents...
Originally Posted by SteveH
At the demonstration of students I was at a few weeks ago, shooting with my 503CW and 180 lens, a student left the crowd and approached me with a great smile. He asked me first "is that a Hasselblad" and when I told him it was indeed one, the next question was "how much was it?". I hate that question! Especially since the money didn't come from my pocket. I told him I sold my soul for it which is pretty much true.
Real photographs, created in camera, 100% organic,
no digital additives and shit
I have had "Is that from another planet?" directed at my Mamiya C330
Here are a few of the "observations" made by the masses:
"That's a real retro look you have going there"
"So, that camera takes two pictures at once?"
"Is that crank some sort of generator?"
"That camera only shoots BW, doesn't it?"
and yes once, "ITAH?"
GRAFLEX SUPER GRAPHIC
"Is that an antique?"
"How come the pictures are not instant?"
"Don't drop that on your foot."
"My dad had one of those and it took crappy pictures."
"You should go digital."
and the best, "Who are you fooling? They ain't made film for those in years."
MAMIYA RB67 PRO S
"That's an old digital, ain't it?"
"What TV station do you work for?"
"Is that a Rolleiflex?"
"That's the camera they took to the moon."
"Wow, that's scary!"
and my all time favorite, "You sure got a big one, don't you..."
When you come to a fork in the road, take it...