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!
Hmm. John, ever been asked "Is that a Guarneri del Gesu?"
Today at a Thanksgiving gathering I brought my Canon New F-1, FD 50/1.2L, loaded with Ektachrome 320T, and another photographer shooting a Nikon D40 asked me, "Is that full frame?" I think this question is the new "ITAH?"
(To be fair, he was otherwise fairly knowledgeable and was doing some good flash work, knew to gel the flash to tungsten to combine with ambient light, and was getting some good photos.)
My last ITAH was three weeks ago at the Roman Baths in Trier, Germany.
I was shooting with a Graflex Pacemaker Crown Graphic with a 90 mm Schneider Angulon.
(The shots I made on 35 mm with the Konica Hexar AF on Portra 400NC turned out sharper than the 4x5s. Dim light, which with a max app. of f/6,8 resulted in shutter speeds which were a bit too slow to shoot hand held).
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Finally, on November 17, half way up Mt. Stilwell in the Australian Alps I too was blessed with a genuine exact ITAH from a rucksacked bushwalker. He seemed genuinely disappointed to learn it was only a Tachihara 810 HD.
Photography, the word itself, invented and defined by its author Sir John.F.W.Herschel, 14 March 1839 at the Royal Society, Somerset House, London. Quote "...Photography or the application of the Chemical rays of light to the purpose of pictorial representation,..". unquote.
I shot a few beech trees with my Blad during a hike (yes, I hike with all my gear, and yes, it hurts), and a guy about my age came up, saying how cool it was to see a Hasselblad in action. He asked what lenses I had and which film I used. Nice.
On the other hand: I went to a reputable photo store with huge second hand department and asked about used large format gear. The wizened sales man pointed me to the corner where everything was and waited - a Rolleicord, a Hasselblad 501, a Mamiya, a Bronica... Not *exactly* what I was looking for. *sigh*
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I have added a Hasselblad 501CM kit to my arsenal of large format and 35mm. I cannot wait for someone to ask me if the camera is a Hasselblad. Now, should I be a smart ass and say "No, it's a Mamiya" or should I proudly say a hearty "Why yes, it is! How did you know?"
Without going into too much detail, the Japanese are very brand-savvy: Rollex, Vuitton, Leica, Mont Blanc, etc, etc. I was surprised that the average person on the street here knows at least the name Leica/Rollei and how expensive they are.
Originally Posted by eric
When I go on vacation I can tell who the Japanese are because they still use disposables. Old habits die hard ...
I appreciated her shooting with a small P&S "film" camera.
I would have shook his hand
Originally Posted by André E.C.
THAT'S when you reply "No, I'm just happy to see you"
Originally Posted by SteveH
People don't usually approach me, but when they do I almost always get "Is that digital?" After I say "No, I shoot film" I usually answer questions for about 5 minutes. I never get "You should shoot digital"; I'd be pissed if I did (though I know fully how to answer back.) The most looks I've gotten is when I'm with my M3 or a TLR. The latter seems to jog many a senior citizen's memory
Those who know, shoot film
Out shooting with the 4x5" Tech V today on the eastern coast of O'ahu and had a couple of inquiries. I had a long conversation with one couple and let them look at the groundglass, showed them some albumen prints I keep in my case, and since one of them seemed very much interested in traditional photography, I gave her an APUG flyer.
Later a couple of teenage boys were walking through my shot and asked if they were in the way (actually they improved the shot), and one asked "is that large format?" Hey, good guess! He said he had a digital camera, but his mom gave him her old 35mm, and he was really into it.
Well, I think my story is a little different. I was approached by a person while in Denmark in 2004 and I was forced to lie about it actually being a Hasselblad. He was very forward, looking at the camera I was carrying, and finally said: "Wow, that's a Hasselblad, isn't it? Those are like $5,000 or something, aren't they?"
His interest in the valuable camera, (costing far less than that in the used market, but still a chunk of change), was unsettling, so I looked him in the eye and said that it was a fake Russian copy I got for $200 on an online auction. He looked long and hard at it and decided to move on to the next victim. I was thankful he left, as the camera wasn't mine, it was borrowed from my father.
Now that I have been gifted with a Hasselblad camera for myself, I never get asked... LOL
However, when I was using my Crown Graphic (I miss that camera) I was approached all the time from all kinds of (friendly) people wanting to take a look through the ground glass and talk about press cameras. Now that was fun!
Great stories, everybody.
"Often moments come looking for us". - Robert Frank
"Make good art!" - Neil Gaiman
"...the heart and mind are the true lens of the camera". - Yousuf Karsh
I've been asked if my Polaroid Auto 360 was a Nikon, and whether it was digital.