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    50-80-120-150 here.

    Buy the 80 first and see how you go...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimVance View Post
    All you need is the 80. Keep it simple.
    Six year now I made the same choice. I'd like testing somewhat longer lens (120 or 150) with shorter focusing distance but it should in that case just replace the 80.
    Got the same echo from other people, having 2 or 3 lenses, but just using always the same with the blad.
    Charles "Biloko" Lemaire

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    You don't say what subjects you hunt.
    I have 40-80-120-180 and often will only carry two lenses when I go out of the studio.
    Which ones I will pick will depend on the circumstances. When I am not aware of
    what my subjects or situations will be, I will carry the 80 and the 180, especially
    if I am going for street portraiture. If I am going after landscapes, 80 and 40 for effect.
    The 120 I keep for close ups and some portraits. I might carry it instead of the 180
    when I want a lower weight on my bag.
    I use the 80 the most.
    My suggestion would be to get one lens, use it a lot and then decide on another one.
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    I have the four lens set as Steve has. Out here in the open spaces of Kansas if I went to a three lens setup I'd drop the 80mm. It's my least used lens by a hugh margin.

    Mike

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikebarger View Post
    I have the four lens set as Steve has. Out here in the open spaces of Kansas if I went to a three lens setup I'd drop the 80mm. It's my least used lens by a hugh margin.

    Mike
    It's gas, I've often read about people using their 80mm least. Its my most used one, followed by my 50mm. Luckily the 80mm is also the cheapest

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    I have what for me is just about right.

    Hasselblad SWC (38mm)
    80mm and 150mm w/my 501CM.

    The 80mm and the SWC get used the most.

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    As somebody on here once said, Hassys are dangerous for your wallet. Started with a 501cm & the 80mm. Ended up with a 40-50-80-150-250 combination and a second body. When I am not shooting LF, I usually hike with the 50-80-150 combination. But if I am doing urban stuff, it usually is the 40-80 plus one other.

    Regardless of what you get, you will be happy. And your wallet will be alot lighter.

    Good Luck!

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    I can only speak for myself:

    I bought a hassy last year. I mainly shoot landscape/details and fineart.

    I use the 60, 120 macro and 250.
    The macro is nice for field detail work, the 250 is nice for distance shots of details and the 60 for wide shots. I do not like wide angle lenses with my sort of photography because most of the time it becomes to crowdly on the image with unwanted information. (If I want wide angle I use my 4x5...)

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    I only shoot with a 60. I sold my 50 because it was just too wide for me. I know 10 mm doesn't seem like much, but I like the 60 and it's all I need for this format. Besides, I don't need to cave in to GAS in another format.
    Diane

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    I have the 80 and never really found myself looking for one more. If I could get the 150 as well, for portraits and figure work, I would be set. I don't use wide angle, but that's just more my inability to use it well than not wanting one.
    I decided a long time ago to stop worrying so much about equipment. That was years ago. I still have too much stuff... I'm working my way to simplicity.

    All of the lenses you mention are excellent. The only lens I've ever heard anyone speak poorly of is the 60mm. I think the grief was corner sharpness. Don't hold me to it.
    Pretty comfortable dilemma you're stuck with... I'd get the 80 and the 150 and let the rest work itself out. I have seen some stunning work done with the wide angle lenses, though. The 50mm seems to be really nice and the 40mm above the rest.

    Good luck with your choice, especially now since I made it even more confusing...

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