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've heard it several times when using my Bronica ETRS - when it wasn't mistaken for an antique. And once when I was using the massive Linhof Technika 5x7"...
-- Ole Tjugen, Luddite Elitist
I ran in to a local woman pro several years ago when I was putting out my "pro" shingle. She said (quite smugly), "Oh, if you don't have a Hasselblad, no one will take you seriously".
I seriously wanted to punch her.
Matt's Photo Site
"I invent nothing, I rediscover". Auguste Rodin
Been there. Wanted to do that. Been asked by multiple customers what kind of camera I use. Of course, now that I'm likely to have good, snappy come-backs, I doubt I'll be asked again.
Originally Posted by blaze-on
Best comeback would be to (nicely) ask when they last asked about the pots and pans in a restaraunt before they ate there? The work should speak for itself.
There's what people ask/say, then there's what people really want to know. They may ask about the camera, but what they want to know is the quality of the deliverable. If you show them your portfolio projected on the wall or on a computer screen, it could still be a legitimate question. If you show them loose prints, mounted prints or albums relevant to the work they want that they can hold in their hand and sensate, I'll bet the issue won't come up.
The last time that happened to me ... carrying it on a shoulder strap:
"Is that a Hasselblad?"
"Huh? - Why - yes it is. How the heck did that get there?"
I LOVE those puzzled looks.
Ed Sukach, FFP.
The question that I am always getting asked when walking about with my "fancy" cameras is: "Are you from the [local newspaper]?"
This always seems like an odd assumption to me, especially when I am photographing in a situation that is flatly un-newsworthy and without any human interest value.
That is called grain. It is supposed to be there.
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I never had a wedding customer ask about the camera when I was showing them my sample albums. I would tend to agree with you. But then, maybe I was lucky. As I get older, I never cease to be amazed at the stupidity of some humans!
Originally Posted by kwmullet
(For the record, it was Mamiya TLR ...)
Former-wedding-photographer David Brown
Yes, once while out shooting with my EOS 3. It was mistaken for an XPan II, so at least he wasn't wondering if I had a 501 in my hands, but still!
Must be your cool Fedora... They are likely looking for the paper sticking out that says "PRESS".
Originally Posted by Flotsam
Hmmm...well I shoot with a Hassey and I've never been asked "Is that a Hasselblad?" when I am shooting with it. I always get asked if it's a digital camera. Errr.... Then again, it might be the sun yellow colour. No one's asked me if it was a DeWalt either!
No too long ago, I was shooting with it at my son's preschool xmas party. One of the Japanese moms (we are close to University of Ca, Irvine) saw me shooting with it and said in broken english "Hasselblad! Hasselblad!" I told her I had B&W film inside it and she was sooooo thrilled!
I guess Japanese are more tuned to different types of cameras. I appreciated her shooting with a small P&S "film" camera.