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View Poll Results: Ever been asked "Is that a Hasselbad?"

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    270 37.40%
  • Yes, while shooting 35mm or smaller.

    23 3.19%
  • Yes, while shooting Medium Format

    196 27.15%
  • Yes, while shooting Large Format

    94 13.02%
  • Yes, and it was a Hasselblad!

    202 27.98%
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    I was out in Big Cypress National Preserve this past weekend with The Beast (500 C/M) on a tripod, when a family with young kids came down the trail. The mother told her kids "Shhhhh... she's making a movie!!!". I didn't have the heart to tell her it was only one frame of a movie.

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    I was using my Maimya RB67 and a security guard at the local communtiy college wanted know if I was using a Hassy, I said no so I got chase of the campus!

    Jeff

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    That'll teach ya!!
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    I know what you mean! Most of the time it is because I'm ugly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Kubach View Post
    I know what you mean! Most of the time it is because I'm ugly!

    Jeff
    I do use a digital device in my photographic pursuits when necessary.
    When someone rags on me for using film, I use a middle digit, upraised.

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    It gets everywhere, like that grass...
    "He took to writing poetry and visiting the elves: and though many shook their heads and touched their foreheads and said 'Poor old Baggins!' and though few believed any of his tales, he remained very happy till the end of his days, and those were extraordinarily long "- JRR Tolkien, ' The Hobbit '.

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    I recently went to a locally-famous waterfall to photograph it in its winter coat of ice using my 1895 whole-plate camera. On my way back to my car, tripod with camera attached carried soldier-style, a couple of very cute college-aged girls snapped away at me with their little pocket digicam. I just smiled at them, and one said "your camera is way cooler than mine." Made my day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DBP View Post
    How about a miniature Speed Graphic then? 2x3 sheet film is cheaper, the camera is easier to carry and handle, and it has the coolness factor of being having interesting historic connections, even to a non-photographer (Jacqueline Bouvier, among others, used one - before she married the junior senator from Massachusetts.)
    Wow, I love my little '45 Mini Speed Graphic with '23' 6x9 film backs, but I didn't know that Jackie Kennedy used one!?! Cool factor is right 'cuz this camera is a head turner... but the Mini SG is still completely practical & functional (did I mention affordable?). Plus, you can still use Ilford 120 XP2 Super B&W roll film and get it processed in C41 chem. 'develop only' for just a few bucks in about 15 minutes at a local 1-hour lab! Scan it and have some inexpensive 'film fun'... yet it will still perform the 'real' task with finer grain films, as the need arises. Graflex is a great learning tool if you're willing to do the work, but as history has proved, it's still so much more, as well!

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    As I focused on a stack of plastic chairs in the January wet, a voiced boomed "That's a Hasselblad!!"
    He's a professional photographer - makes his living photographing fishing retreats, ski lodges, and other high-end tourist destinations (tough life, eh?).
    He sold his MF Pentax because he never used it. He doesn't do any photography for fun, but seemed glad that somebody was.
    He recognized the Hasselblad from a good distance away....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kavandje View Post
    I think more than anything else, the mis-placed "ITAH" questions (and for 'H' you can substitute 'L' and 'R' more often than not) raise an interesting point, in my opinion.

    These brands -- Hasselblad, Leica, Rolleiflex, Nikon, and to a lesser extent the great press cameras -- documented the latter half of the 20th century. These cameras have become icons in themselves. Leicas and Nikons photographed the Vietnam war and made it possible for people to see what was going on there. Rolleiflexes have taken some of the most seminal portraits of the 20th century. Leicas secretly mounted on a Lockheed Electra enabled the Americans to compile bombing maps for WW2. Hasselblads photographed the moon. The Crown Graphics et. al. played a crucial role in the establishment of the craft of photojournalism, but it's really the latter half of the 20th century which resonates with people due in part to television, I think, which is why you'll hardly ever be out shooting with a Rolleiflex and be asked if it's a Crown Graphic. But I might be wrong.

    It doesn't seem to matter than modern cameras -- the Canon EOS 5DmkIIs, the Nikon D700s -- are (arguably) just as capable, and have documented some of the most crucial images of the beginning of the 21st century. They're not icons. Whether they will ever be remains to be seen.

    And people know theit icons, even if they don't "know" them. And when people see a camera they don't recognise (or *do* recognise, to their credit), then it's perhaps understandable that they're -- for lack of a better word -- a little 'star-struck'. They'll go home and tell their spouse, "I saw a man/woman taking pictures with a Hasselblad/Leica/Rolleiflex/Nikon today," in the expectation that this will resonate. Whether or not it does is a function of how their day was, I suppose.

    I'd rather be asked "is that a Hasselblad," than, "You aren't still using film, are you?"
    Yes, I know I am replying to a 3 year old post, but this is probably the most thoughtful post I have read so far in 29 pages of posts in this thread.

    The only exception I would take is the Crown Graphic. Those of us who recognize it as an icon are old enough to remember B&W movies as the norm, and we think of it as a "Speed Graphic", it was the icon of the US newspaper photographer from before 1920 until 1955 or so. In my experience with my Crown, the only non-photographers who recognize it are fans of old b&w movies.

    Even more so, I notice that to many non-photographers the following is what is going on in they heads.

    Hasselblad = Large expensive camera
    Leica = Small expensive camera
    Brownie = Cheap camera, or cheap old camera.

    I think you would also find that in most of their minds, Canon now = Digital camera.

    Most people are not really very brand conscious of things they are not personally into. On the other hand, many ignorant people are big name droppers, you can tell them because they are loudly telling the people they are with that your are shooting with a "Hasselblad". You will notice that they are never talking to you, because they know you know they are a poser.

    Now I will return to reading the next 30 pages of these posts...

    ADDED: Oh well, it turned out to only be 12 pages....
    Last edited by graywolf; 02-20-2011 at 05:36 PM. Click to view previous post history.



 

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