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    hi ralph

    i don't have a hassy, but i can see what the allure is ..

    your post made me smile, it reminded me of
    john cook drinking having a romantic dinner by the fire with his ebony.

    thanks for the memories !
    john

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    Quote Originally Posted by BrianShaw View Post
    I know what you mean. I have a different bond with each of my kids. While the bond is different, oneis not greater or less than the other.
    If I had more than one wife, though, I don't know if I could say the same or not. I wonder...

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    crazy

    I had a crazy experience with a 'Blad. I was working for a smallish newspaper in the pre-computer daze and the "Chief Photographer" kept bawling that he wanted 'Blads. They were, of course, expensive and in those days a typical small newspaper editorial budget payed for a new typewriter every few years, pencils and an occasional paper clip. Five thousand buck for a couple of 'Blads with two film backs and three lenses each would wreck the editorial budget for the rest of the century.
    I finally got tired of his bleating and showed how he could get his 'Blads (the "back shop" routinely bought $1 million presses. Five grand to them was chump change. We transferred the photography budget to them.)
    So then I had to shoot fast-moving news photos with a 'Blad.
    Nice camera. Great lenses. But I cheated on her with my motor driven Nikon F and M2R Leica a lot.The old girl was just not fast enough for me. And her figure was kinda chunky. I admit when ya get down and dirty in the darkroom that big negative is truly wonderful.

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    Hasselblad - I have used a few cameras over the years, and none of them feel as natural to me as the Hasselblad. Soul mates, you could say...
    "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

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    I want to be a soul mate too

    Quote Originally Posted by Thomas Bertilsson View Post
    Hasselblad - I have used a few cameras over the years, and none of them feel as natural to me as the Hasselblad. Soul mates, you could say...
    Thanks for the GAS Thomas
    "Photography, like surfing, is an infinite process, a constantly evolving exploration of life."
    Aaron Chang

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mainecoonmaniac View Post
    Thanks for the GAS Thomas
    I do what I can to help.
    "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

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    I read once in a now-defunct French photo magazine about the Hasselblad camera: 'la Rolls du moyen format'

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    I must admit that I have the same love affairs (yes, I am a polygamist!) with my M/F equipment: RB 67, a 500c, Mamiya C330's, M645 and Super as well as a few rangefinder Fuji's thrown in for spice. I have some digital equipment as well ( a couple of Pentax's) but I get the greatest satisfaction of shooting with my film cameras, whether slr or rangefinder. As the OP said earlier, I take a lot more time taking the picture and a lot more enjoyment in the processing end as well. The results (to me) speak for themselves. Granted, my digitals are great for weddings, and events due to their speed but I don't get the same level of satisfaction after looking over ton's of digital images; they tend to all look the same after a while. I guess I'll have to continue my open marriage with my digital and film stuff. They even share the same camera bags at night! Best of all, my wife of many years knows of these illicit relationships and is even aware of my sneaking down to the darkroom in the basement to perform all kinds of hedonistic acts in the dark. Now that's love!

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    I get the romance. I'm polyamorous with my Contax RTS II, 139Q, Contax IIa, Kiev IIa, Topcon Super D; and my bond with the Ikoflex is similar to Ralph's with his Hassy. Sometimes I think we would all be happier living together in Utah or along the north rim in Arizona. The scenery is a big reason but I feel also our love might be more accepted.

    ps. I have to use a dSLR for work and I don't enjoy photographing nearly as much; nor do I work so hard at it. On occasion, I just set it to autofocus and snap the shutter without even bothering with the viewfinder. The results are rarely impressive but they don't need to be. If I want them to be, but have to use a dslr, I adapt a manual-focus Zeiss lens, which is still not a romantic experience but maybe a little closer to it. Like bringing a very good old friend to a work party.

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    Hey Pstake, we must be kindred spirits or something! I have a Contax 137, a Kiev III (Contax imposter) and a Topcon Super D and DM. My polygamy knows no bounds!!

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