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    Last word: Rolleiflex vs. hassy?

    Quality wise, what's the last word regarding a Rolleiflex vs. 500c+ 80mm cf?
    My flex is a 3.5f xenotar but I don't care about the max aperture, more interested in the negative...

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    That's a tough call. I'm sure these 2 fellows debated the matter. To be sure, a Rollei operates free of vibration, a Hasselblad goes off in your hand like a little bomb.
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    I fear the diffs are all in the handling... I'm planing a trip: xpan+30mm /leica MP+ 28 cron + Rolleiflex 3.5F but would maybe like the 500cm instead if it offers a quality advantage...

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    A Planar/Xenotar is equal in both. A Rolleiflex is "collectible", and therefor not something you want to risk getting banged around or lost, as in a trip. Hasselblads are a dime a dozen. If you bang it up, ebay is full of more. No clear answer I can see.

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    KISS - Rolleiflex.
    At least with LF landscape, a bad day of photography can still be a good day of exercise.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom1956 View Post
    I'm sure these 2 fellows debated the matter.
    That is quite a photograph indeed!
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    I've used both and have a preference for the Rolleiflex. The mirror slap and operating noise of the Hasselblad was enough to chase me away. Build quality, though? Not sure one is better than the other.

    You could always split the difference and opt for a Rollei SL66!

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    The hasselblad gives you quicker reloading if you have extra backs. Not an issue for me. The rollei seems more quaint and old fashioned, something subjects/public love.

    I think it's probably personal preference. I like my older rolleis.

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    I don't think there is a "last word" on this sort of question; some people are going to like one, some the other, for a wide variety of reasons both objective and subjective.

    Chris Perez's "four cameras" comparison might be good grist for the mill:
    http://http://www.hevanet.com/cperez/test/fourcameras.html

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    The last word may be "BOTH". They are very different cameras. The only things they share are film size and format.

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