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!
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.
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I've been asked if my Polaroid Auto 360 was a Nikon, and whether it was digital.
I have my blad in my lab sometimes and theres never a day with it sitting in the lab that clients don't go OOO!!! is that a blad?
I once had a man come up to me in the street i cant remember if it was with my Blad or my Linhof but he came up and said to me why are you using that old junk! my camera produces a far better result and you can see what you have shot immediately for which he proceeded to show me his 3.1 megapixel point and shoot. I was deeply horrofied.
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I would have asked him the same question and showed him my camera phone that also plays music and has GPS.
Originally Posted by Stephen Frizza
Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh.
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I had my 501CM with a PM90 finder on a tripod in front of a very nice stump I'd found. A young fellow walked up to me sporting a
small video camera and asked "That isn't a video camera is it?"
He had a point, the darn thing looks a bit like a video camera.
Originally Posted by bdial
Is that a Hasselblad?
tim in san jose
Where ever you are, there you be.
So I was trying to compose an image with the 4x5, when I was approached by some very stylish dude -"Cool old camera! Is that a hass...". "It's a Crown Graphic" I interupted pointing to the front of the camera - which he could see perfectly well from where he was blocking my shot. "Wow! Great! I'll give you my email address - you can send me the picture." (!!!)
Is that a Hasselblad?
I get asked if its digital a lot.....
I would love to own a Kershaw King Penguin, surely the most stupid name for any camera (apologies to any "King Penguin" owners). But if you owned one it would be great for these sort of circumstances.