I had the opportunity to borrow one from a colleague a number of years back, just in time for a road trip from Vancouver to southern Utah, Arizona, California and their parks. While not a lens for every shot (or at least how my eye works) it was a spectacular performer for a number of shots taken on that trip. I can immediately call to mind three shots - one in Arches, one on the floor of Death Valley (July), and one in Yosemite in the high country where this lens was the LENS for the shot.
A heavy beast, but these days I find myself thinking more and more about adding one to my small Hasselblad kit. With the right scene, or a bit of searching, you may find yourself growing to love this lens and not even notice it.
I saw a museum interior rodin kiss shot with that lens at hasselblad catalog and it blewed my mind. I wish nobody disassembled your lens after factory and someone was crying because of lost corner sharpness at apug gallery.
That's all for your thoughts and good wishes. I shot a roll of Efke 25 and Acros this morning of some oaks, eucalyptus and grasses alongside a creek on my way to work. Will try to develop tonight. Anyone got good times for either in Pyrocat HD?
"Well, my photos are actually much better than they look..."
Ok, so of the oaks and stream-side session I totally overdeveloped the roll of Efke 25 (though might post some examples later) and have not developed the Acros roll yet. Yesterday on the way home from work I went through the old beaten-up town of Crockett, California and shot a coupoe of rolls (Ilford Pan F and Plus-X) with my 500CM and this lens. Just now scanning results from the Pan F roll. I think I love this lens.
I just picked up an EX+ 40mm FLE from KEH via the 10% off sale they are having until the end of the day, pretty much makes nearly everything in line with average ebay sales prices. So now my empire of Hasselblad gear is complete..:-)
So the big question...how does one filter this beast? It was the main reason I held off on getting one, big expensive filters and the fact that everything else I use is BAY60 made this a tough decision. My main filters are ND, red, yellow, R72 for IR and maybe a polarizer. I figure a red or yellow would be a not-so-painful start.
What are my options, thread sizes, etc?
"I'm the freak that shoots film. God bless the freaks!" ~ Mainecoonmaniac ~