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    Quote Originally Posted by c6h6o3 View Post
    The higher the pixel counts and prices go on the H Series cameras, the sooner I'll be able to buy a used Phase One or Imacon digital back for my 503CXi. The investment in all my 'blad lenses will not have gone for nothing in the end. Three cheers for Hasselblad's superb engineering which makes their product lines so upward compatible. You can use a digital back on a 50 year old 500C body and get image quality which beats that out of a full frame DSLR all to hell. Then you can put your old A12 back on it and go shoot some film.
    That is pretty exciting in my book too, and a nice way of thinking about the old Swedish cameras.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Rather than get a digital back [I do my own developing and wet printing], I use my Epson 4490 Photo scanner and get about 320 megapixels for a 6cm x 6cm negative if I need a digital image. The scanner cost about $100US. A 60 megapixel scanner runs what about $40,000US to $60,000US. Do you know how much film I could shoot and have all it custom developed and printed for that kind on money? Plus I would have to buy a new faster computer, software and a RAID storage system to hold the images.

    I would rather buy beer instead!
    Absolutely. The benefit with a digital back is speed, for sure. I'm sort of a romantic, and love to use my old Hasselblad 500 series. It's just something very appetizing for me to be able to use the same camera, simply with a different back on it. That, to me, is a very interesting prospect. I happily admit I will never be able to afford it, but one can always dream. I use a scanner too, but find the work extremely time consuming and tedious, especially spotting the scans. My V700 takes a very long time to scan just one frame. With certain films that have a shiny emulsion side, the film holder edge is reflected in the image area, and that is painful to remove after the scan is done... etc. The cost of a good digital back is exorbitant, but there is a fair bit of convenience that can be had, which saves time, time that I see as better spent making prints.

    Different strokes for different folks.
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    I just wanted to share that this month, there are photos made with the V-System exclusively in the Hasselblad-Bulletin. Except for one all were also shot on film. I was stunned myself when I saw this.

    http://www.hasselbladbulletin.com/uk...the-world.aspx

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    Also check out this video. Pretty nice!

    http://www.hasselbladbulletin.com/uk...-the-move.aspx

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    I think the V system will get a revamp when they can affordably make sensors larger than 6x4.5cm and people want a body that can fit the larger sensor.
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    Well the new owners are German or Swiss arn't they? Hopefully they'll be cut from the same cloth as the current owners of Leica. They worked out how to keep old and new co-existing. They might also have the skills to make up with Zeiss and get the lenses going again.

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    the problem hasselblad and all the other MF digital camera makers have is the likes of nikon and canon keep upping the pixel count and quality of the output from their cameras where it is now at the point where very few pros feel they need a hasselblad or phase one etc. And considering the price differential hasselblad and the other MF manufacturers can expect to be in big financial trouble due to lack of sales within 10 years if not sooner
    So either they have to reduce prices consderably or it would make sense for them to concentrate on film and smaller digital cameras if they want to stay in business. Just my opinion. YMMV

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    How dare you let facts get in the way of emotion......
    I find there's such a preponderance of heads in the sand, wishful thinking, and clutching at straws on this site that a sense of the the tough real commercial World needs injecting sometimes, if Hasselblad concentrated their efforts on primarily producing film cameras in this day and age it would be a one way ticket for them to bankruptcy, their only hope of survival is to produce medium format DSLR cameras that can compete in improved their image quality with 35mm DSLR s.
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    A faint hope for film recognition from HASSELBLAD

    Corporations go where the money is. That is what shareholders want, and what the financiers want.

    If there are reasonable profits to be made in film, they will make film cameras. If not, then we better hope for a nostalgic company manager. Each dollar a company spends has to come from profits, sooner or later. If a dollar spent in digital, will make you five, and a dollar spent in film, makes you fifty cents, it is hard to justify to the bean counters, not spending the money on digital.

    Now, I hope they continue film products. But for camera makers and film vendors, it has to make financial sense.

    If only we could attract some of the zealots who championed Apple products, during their lean years...


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