I'm not a dedicated preacher (I'm a Bronica user, but don't really care about cameras).
Having used 645, I quite like it. I recently saw the new Hasselblad 645 and it looks rather nice. Personal preference I suppose.
I think the best thing is to let your pictures define your work not your camera.
There is a guy at my local group who shoots nothing but 4"x5" and 6x9 and scans it all with lots of super expensive gear. Yet I know a seventeen year old art student using a "cereal box" APS camera that takes photos 200x more interesting than the aforementioned LF junkie.
Just find what works. I wouldn't worry - Hasselblad are just branching out and covering more markets - and, ultimately, competition helps. 645 is a pretty competitive market - you've got Bronica, Pentax, Mamiya and now Hasselblad, but it has it's truly dedicated users (I love it, but I like 6x6 also, and am always trying to "borrow" my father's SQA!
Whatever works is cool, and I think the new Blad has potential.
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As a yellow Hassy owner, I'm not sure how to respond here.
First, I haven't been a pro or anything and haven't been a photographer quite as long. Only about 19 years since I was 12. To me photography is my escape from the corporate world that I live in.
I have always wanted to own a Hassey since I was a kid and a friend's father showed me his Hassey.
When the coloured ones came out they appealed to me - young, professional, wanted a great camera. Prestige, status - sure! Why not? Will it make me a better photographer - maybe - only because I love photography that much more now that I have this great piece of machinery in my hands.
Something you may want to consider is that HB is looking to a new generation of users who will use this camera for the next 40 years. Its not just for the old guys you know?
Boy, those tan Linhofs of the two-tone patent leather shoe era really look dated, and I suspect the colored Hassys are headed that way too. I love my Tech V, but eventually that tan leatherette has got to go (and it will when I stop gluing it back on every time the panels come loose).
black or chrome never seems to go out of style nor does it draw as much attention as a big bright box. I don't mind the new blad's. If it draws a few more into photography and specifically MF then I think it is a good thing.
And to think that I thought the little embossed "M"s on the leatherette of the C220 was cool. (at least they had no pretensions about what they wrapped the camera in, and I don't have to neat's foot oil it as well)
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Originally Posted by Juba
As for those different colored Hassys... I love 'em! I'd love to have at least a red one and a blue one for sure! Do they make an orange one??? I mean orange is just about my most favorite! Yeah... orange hassy. Now THAT's cool!
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Originally Posted by BWGirl
I'm tempted myself as my Hassy is already lacking some leatherette. But I think I will go with verdigris kid skin.
Or maybe dark brown lizard.
decisions, decisions -- MW
Why not use both? One color one one side... another color on the other side... and one really freaky- (or groovy) looking 'blad...
Originally Posted by Juba
If you want to spend too much money on one lens, one body, and one back Buy a Hasselblad
Technological society has succeeded in multiplying the opportunities for pleasure, but it has great difficulty in generating joy. Pope Paul VI
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