Thanks a lot, guys! It's here! I've just developed the first roll of film and it's drying at the moment. But I can already see that it's working just fine. Sadly, my choice of subjects was fairly limited, so I chose a Santa Claus made of chocolate. As this was a special moment for all of us, it was a Lindt one, of course.
What a joy to focus that thing, the lens is so smooth and the viewfinder big and bright. When it arrived, the camera was kind of sticky and dirty, but when I wiped it down, it was simply beautiful underneath. The lens is fine too with just a few marks on the barrel. The backs are the newer type (not that I would mind the old type), and I was amazed how easy they were to load. A dream. And I love the noises the camera makes.
A lens hood came with it, but no lens caps - I'll dig for some at the local camera store on Monday. A decent tripod plate is on its way, too. I need a new strap, the old one is definitely yucky. And sure, I'm already looking for a 80mm.
What an excellent choice this was. And my husband claims he's happy for the two of us. There IS something reassuring about it.
Did you get a pic of the delivery man on his way down the steps?
It sort of came pre-loaded, there was an old film still in it. I wonder what to do with that... And I was far too shaky to the a pic of the postman. For a moment I thought he might drive by our house. That was an awful moment.
I moved from Mamiya TLR to Hasselblad ten years ago. I bought a 500Cm new in the 70's, loved it, hated selling it, needed the money. Going back was like seeing an old friend. Now I have a fairly complete system, it's so much fun to pay with all the bits and pieces
Everytime I pick it up I have the pleasure of feeling I am using a truly precision instrument. That means a lot.