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    Bye Bye Hasselblad? Please say it isn't so!

    Several websites are posting that Hasselblad is dumping the the 500 series and Xpan series now, leaving only the H1 and H2D or whatever they are called. So is it now a Fujiblad?

    Can anyone help in confirming this?

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    I thought Hasselblad was bought by some Chinese investors!?
    Digital is best taken with a grain of silver.

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    not sure if this is true, its the first I've heard of it however i wouldnt be surprised.

    the h cameras are horrible, i'll be sticking with my 500cm and xpan for the forseeable future. might even pick up another lens for my xpan if this is true

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    Digital is best taken with a grain of silver.

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    It was bought this year from what I read by a concern based in China or SE Asia from what I remember.

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    It was bought by a Hong-Kong based group called Shriro, in January 2003!

    http://www.hasselbladusa.com/news/ne...24&itemId=2534

    Cheers!

    André

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    Medium formatt really has been taking a beating for a long time now. I'm amazed they have lasted this long. I love them though , think I'll hang on to them till they fall apart. It is a shame they qualitied themself out of a market.
    Stop trying to get into my mind, There is nothing there!

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    Not suprising at all. I don't know if there is any real demand for any new MF professional gear today. I know of three local commercial shops that dumped all their MF and LF gear for high end digital Cannon and Nikon 35mm SLRs. The cost and complications of using digital backs for the MF and LF cameras far outweighed any perceived quality issues. I don't know any professionals locally that still use film for weddings, portraits or commercial work except a couple that specialize in B&W portraiture.

    Give it a couple more years and Blads and the Ziess lenses will be going as cheap as all the Bronica and Mamiya stuff goes for today on Ebay.

    The other question is once the cameras are no longer produced, how does one get replacement parts for repairs when they break?
    "Fundamentally I think we need to rediscover a non-ironic world"
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    The title at Hasselblad's website says "Hasselblad - DSLR - Digital Camera Solutions".
    The "Older" systems are still listed under products but ofcourse the spotlight goes to the digital stuff.
    Not surprising though.
    Hasselblad has been nudging 50x users to "upgrade" (as they write) to the H cameras and has been actively propagating digital in favor of film.

    I just bought 30,000 euros worth of "V" Hasselblad equipment.
    Just hope they support me in the future.
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    no digital additives and shit




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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Chinn
    The other question is once the cameras are no longer produced, how does one get replacement parts for repairs when they break?
    Just find a repair shop which keeps used broken units for spare parts in the warehouse. There have been around billions of these cameras, there will be used spare parts for a thousand years.
    I know a chap who does excellent portraits. The chap is a camera.
    (Tristan Tzara, 1922)

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