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Thread: Hblad questions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alan Gales View Post
    Your story reminds me of the 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner with the 383 motor I found on a used car lot. The salesman told me that I couldn't test drive it due to their being no gas in the tank.

    I still wonder if my being 18 years old at the time had something to do with it?
    Except I was in my later 20's and had $5500 to spend.

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    I had the $900.00 that they were asking for the Roadrunner too.

    Sometimes salesmen really shoot themselves in the foot.

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    Whoa a lot of information and it is a little difficult for me to digest and I was a little put off because a lot of it is irrelavant.

    I am simply asking questions to understand the camera. Most of this thread seems to be centralized about me wanting to shoot 645: I was simply asking. A 645 back exists and doesn't rotate. Cool.

    I am somewhat aware of the Rolleiflex SLRs and in what it offers. I do think that they are the better camera, in some ways, but I'm not looking for something innovative or cutting edge, but a reliable, easy-to-find, and not-too-large box camera, that does simple things.

    But the main reason why I'm discouraged about the Rolleflex SLR is it's availability.

    On keh.com,
    I go to the Hasselblad section and this is what they have: 44 bodies, 82 lenses, and 20 backs.
    I go to the Rolleiflex section and this is what they have: 0 bodies, 3 lenses, and 1 back (polaroid).

    If a Hasselblad works, then I see no reason to go for a rolleiflex unless it had something that the hasselblad didn't have that I wanted. I know it has some (limited) movements, bellows, and now I know that it has rotatable backs but I do not need these. I would appreciate them but it just isn't necessary.

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    One thing to also consider is the EL series Hasselblads. I moved from a 501CM to a 500ELX, I love the motor drive and the extra size actually makes it more comfortable to hold so the weight doesn't show. I do use it mostly with a 90 prism though...

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    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    On keh.com,
    I go to the Hasselblad section and this is what they have: 44 bodies, 82 lenses, and 20 backs.
    I go to the Rolleiflex section and this is what they have: 0 bodies, 3 lenses, and 1 back (polaroid).
    We were discussing this in another thread. keh's inventory across several lines is down in the last 2-3 months. I don't think we came to a consensus as to why. I personally have never seen it this low, but I haven't been watching it for that long. In my head I actually had a shopping list made out and I watched pretty much all those items sell out recently. I don't know what the deal is with KEH and Hasselblad. I know that I was getting better deals on Rollei 6008i bodies and lenses on an auction site. And I got the normally expensive 645 rotating back for basically the same price as a regular 120 6x6 back in an auction. But for various accessories and parts KEH was the clear winner. I don't know if those prices were an aberration or what. Hopefully they will get more inventory in. But they will never have as much Rollei SLR stuff as Hassy... not even close.

    Quote Originally Posted by puketronic View Post
    I am somewhat aware of the Rolleiflex SLRs and in what it offers. I do think that they are the better camera, in some ways, but I'm not looking for something innovative or cutting edge, but a reliable, easy-to-find, and not-too-large box camera, that does simple things.
    As far as I know the Rollei 6008is and later models are pretty reliable. I haven't read any reports of anyone switching away from the system due to reliability issues.

    I would figure out what you really need now and possibly in the future. The only reason I went on about the 645 thing is I traded up from a 645 camera. Unlike you I don't necessarily have a problem cropping. My issue was mainly the wastefulness. At these film prices I saw no reason to shoot 12 square frames and then crop most of them. If you aren't shooting that much 645 I would have to echo the sentiments of other posters and just say crop. By the way when you say you print "full frame" do you mean you include the rebate? I can see why there would be an issue if that is the case. I like rebates as well sometimes. Sometimes though you can't have it all.

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