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    Hasselblad 80mm CFE vs 80mm CB lens

    I plan to begin shooting portarits of people at "wide-open" apertures using analog film.

    I want to choose between the Hasselblad 80mm CFE or 80mm Cb lens.

    I am aware that the Hasselblad 80mm 2.8 CB lens is a simplified/cheaper version of the Hasselblad 80mm 2.8 CFE lens.

    I took the time to look at the MTF charts for both the 80mm CFE and 80mm Cb lenses.

    I was surprised to find, that, the cheaper 80mm Cb lens actually produces better and more uniform results across the frame, wide-open at f/2.8.

    And, although at f/5.6 the 80mm CB suffers a little in the center, it again seems to do a better job across the frame and out to the edges, actually becoming sharper.
    Is this correct?

    Did i misunderstand the MTF charts?

    Below are the two MTF charts I viewed for comparison.

    hasselbladhistorical.eu/pdf/lds/CB80.pdf

    hasselbladhistorical.eu/pdf/lds/CFE80.pdf


    Thank you in advance for your time.

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    You are not mistaken. I have owned and used both a 80 CB and a CF (optically identical to the CFE), and could never see a difference in sharpness at any aperture. Get the CB if you don't need the 'F'-setting and if the tiny bit of extra distortion doesn't bother you.

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    Since you intend to use the lens wide open I don´t think it would matter that much whether you choose the CFE or the CB. Both will do fine and the differences might be hardly discernable. However I wonder why you want to use a CFE lens? Do you own an F-Body like 203FE? Then I definitely go with the CFE lens because of the meter, but I would recommend the 110/2 instead. In case you own a V-Body it would not make too much sense using this lens. Choosing the CB or Cfi-version (or even older CF) will be much cheaper.

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    My concern is that i plan to scan the images I make with this lens.

    And, i have become very aware of how brutally revealing the image becomes once scanned and enlarged.

    I use to use many lenses wide-open, until i went digital or started scanning.

    Now I can clearly see how badly the corners look in those images.

    So, I am now very conscientious of "corner/edge performance" and would be willing to give up some "center performance" as a trade-off.

    Anyway, if I understand correctly: everyone is saying that the lenses will perform the same "wide-open"? I am very interested in the "edge/corner" performance.

    Thanks

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    Mustafa

    You have actually read my mind.

    I started this journey wanting to attach an old/vintage lens to my Hasselblad to get crazy Bokeh and some swirly vignetting.

    Can you suggest a lens that can do this.

    What is a good entry level old lens for this that will not break the bank?

    thanks



 

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