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    You guys pushed me to do it!

    I don't know if it was G. A. S., ITAH, I never really liked it, or I just wanted something more like my Nikon SLR ...

    I am getting rid of my Mamiyaflex C330, Cds Porroflex, 65mm, 80mm, 250mm lenses, WL viewer, magnifying tower, Paraminder, two handles, focusing screens, ...

    and buying a Hasselblad 503CX, WL viewer, PME, A12 back and f/5.6 250mm lens. Other lenses are sure to follow.

    Past experience with 35mm taught me that compared to a 50mm normal lens the 35mm lens was not wide enough. I am much happier with 28mm and 20mm wide angle lenses for 35mm format. *** Question: Will I be happy with a f/4 50mm lens for $650 or should I hold out for a f/4 40mm lens? As your opinions are respected and valuable to me => Please Advise. ***

    Thats my story and I am sticking to it!

    Steve

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    You've answered your own question, but buy both the 40mm is so much wider.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stever View Post
    I am getting rid of my Mamiyaflex C330, Cds Porroflex, 65mm, 80mm, 250mm lenses, WL viewer, magnifying tower, Paraminder, two handles, focusing screens, ...

    and buying a Hasselblad 503CX, WL viewer, PME, A12 back and f/5.6 250mm lens. Other lenses are sure to follow.

    What did you like with the C330? It's a lot closer to the Hasselblad then 35mm.

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    Should have kept the 330 and got a view camera, larger the better!
    Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it. - Paul Strand - Aperture monograph on Strand

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena View Post
    What did you like with the C330? It's a lot closer to the Hasselblad then 35mm.

    I like the 120 format for all the usual reasons. I never liked the left-right reversal and many years ago was convinced that the Porroflex was a necessity. I was never a fan of the C330 because of the inconvience factors:
    Did I cock the lens if I was not using the 80mm?

    Did I lock the lens lock so that I did not shoot a blank roll of film?

    I found the fiddle factor of setting up due to the lack of a good man-machine interface taking up too much of my attention to composing the photograph. Yes, 35mm photography is usually faster than MF or LF, but the Hassy is easier to use than the Mamiyaflex.
    I had sold cameras at Baker's Photo in Washington DC when I was going to college. I orginially wanted a Bronica S but could not afford it. Therefore I brought Minolta SR-7, SRT-101, SRT-102, X-700, ... I just never really liked the Mamiyaflex. Add to that the fact that Canon, Nikon and Hasselblad are the major players of the few left standing in the film world got me to thinking that I would rather have a system I am happy with and that is still supported that something I inherited and was never crazy about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt View Post
    Should have kept the 330 and got a view camera, larger the better!
    I like working with view cameras, but it would take too long and the enviroment is much too dusty to use when I am off-roading.

    Besides my girl friend is very patient when I am photographing, but probably not that patient. I would rather not trade her in at this time.

    Steve

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stever View Post
    I like the 120 format for all the usual reasons.

    No I meant what focal lengths did you like? The shape of the formats are so different I'd lean on your expierence with the 330 over your likes with 35mm.

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    Congratulations! I love my Hasselblad to pieces.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nick Zentena View Post
    No I meant what focal lengths did you like? The shape of the formats are so different I'd lean on your expierence with the 330 over your likes with 35mm.
    With the Mamiyaflex I had the 65mm, 80mm, and the 250mm. Before I made this decision I was looking to by the 55mm which is the widest available for the Mamiyaflex.

    I have a 20-35mm zoom and a 28-300mm zoom for the Nikon.

    Steve

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    What's weird to me is that I have the Hassey 503Cxi and was thinking about getting the Mamiya 330!

    Of course I wouldn't do a trade-off but I do appreciate your info about the M-330. Might require too many "adjustments" for me!

    You will enjoy the Hassey - just remember that no accessory of any kind comes cheap! It's like owning a Volvo with a BMW engine.

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