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    I got both of my "Holy Grail" cameras in one week.

    I've been looking for a nice Mamiya RZ67 with the 110mm 2.8 and a Hasselblad 500C with the Zeiss Planar 80mm 2.8 for several years, as of today I now have both. Thursday I decided to stop by a local camera shop and see what they had that was interesting, I brought along two Canon EOS crop sensor lenses, a 10-18 f4.5-5.6, and a 55-250 f4-5.6 for trading material. Low and behold I'm not in the shop 5 minutes and I spy a very nice RZ with the 110mm 2.8 and one 120 back for $360, after checking it out I managed to trade my lenses even up for it. I took it out yesterday and shot a roll of Acros through it ran home and developed it and everything looks exccellant, score #1. Today I was bored so I went back to have a look see and spied a near mint Hasselblad 500C with an A12 back and Zeiss Planar 80mm 2.8 with no price on it. I had picked up a Canon 60D kit with the 18-135 3.5-5.6 several months ago to see how I'd like going digital, and it just didn't work out for me, so I took it along for trading material today. I looked the Hasselblad over and checked it out and everything seemed A-Ok. Even the commonly whacked self timer works, and it actually sounds healthy. So I brought in my 60D for them to look over, and 10 minutes later I walked out the door after trading it even for the Hasselblad and a pro-pack of Fuji Acros, score #2. I will be taking the Hasselblad out to test it tomorrow. Now that I've gotten both of my grail cameras in 1 week and both are in excellant shape I'm thinking that maybe I should be out buying a lottery ticket. I checked the codes a little bit ago the 'Blad body was made in 1968, the lens is from July of 1969, and the back from 1987.
    Hasselblad 500C, Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm F=2.8C

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    Well done.
    I do chuckle at your trades because I did something similar with my digital SLR gear a while ago.
    A year or two from now that 60D will be a doorstop while the Mamiya and 'blad will still be worth something.

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    Congratulations. You've got two of the best. Given regular exercise, they should last a long time.

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    I hate when people ask me what I see myself doing in 5 years...... I don't have 2020 vision!

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    I have those two cameras, well done, you are going to love using them. Different beasts, but both of them are wonderful. Well done.

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    Congrats! I've had my Hasselblad 500C/M for about two months now and find it utterly intoxicating to shoot. It's a lovely rabbit hole to fall down into...

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    My Canon 5D MKII sits in its bag a lot these days. I've thought of trading it for a Leica M6...unfortunately, I do
    need to shoot digital now and then for color. It's become a boat anchor for me. Glad you're happy with your
    acquisitions and trade...have fun!
    Common Sense is not so common.

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    Test roll from the Hasselblad came out excellent, no light leaks, focus is dead on, shutter speeds are great. I've always heard that theres a certain undescribable look to the photos taken with a Zeiss lens, and I've gotta say that that is definitely true.
    Hasselblad 500C, Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm F=2.8C

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kyle M. View Post
    I've always heard that theres a certain undescribable look to the photos taken with a Zeiss lens, and I've gotta say that that is definitely true.
    It is true, many zeiss lenses have a distinct saturated colors look to it. It was the same with my Contax and the Zeiss lenses i had for it. However you will soon discover that some of the Mamiya lenses also have a Zeiss like quality to them, that includes the lovely 110mm you have. Of course both lenses will benefit from a compendium.

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