Considering a Hasselblad, but what about lenses
I decided I am going to spend the big bucks and buy one of David Odesses cameras. I almost bit on a Mamiya 7, but I decided to stay away from a range finder. I just sold some Leica equipment and it burning a hole in my pocket!
I'd wondering your thoughts about a 2 lens set (60-120mm) vs. a 3 lens set (50-80-150). I'll be carrying these around a lot so weight is important.....of course how much will I lose. Most of my work is at or near the normal lens....sometimes slightly wide. Anyone out there who uses the 2 lens approach? Do you sometimes wish from a little more or less reach?
Since you mentioned weight, I think the 60 & 120 would work well. The one thing I will say about Hasselblads is that (for me anyway) it is damn near impossible to not get all the lenses! I have lenses from 40mm to 250mm. I think the 40mm is the one I use the most, the 150mm second. The one I don't have is a 120, so I cannot give a personal opinion on that one. The 60mm lens is an odd duck for me, not really wide enough, but I usually go too wide if going wide at all? (Did that make any sense?) Actually, either grouping would be great. I often try to pick out two lenses when traveling, though no matter what I bring I wish I had something else. Heck, this post was probably no help at all....
"Everytime I find a film or paper that I like, they discontinue it." -Paul Strand
The 50-80-150 is the "classic" Hasselblad set-up and one which I have.
But lately, I've been working on a project, packing just the 50 for street and landscape, and the 150 for portraits and everything is fine. This would be a 28 and 90 on your Leica.
As I am sure David O will tell you, get CF or newer lenses as the parts for the older C lenses are getting hard to find.
I carried a 503cxi, 50/80/150/tubes/2 or 3 backs/bogen 3221 in a Lowepro backpack at the Grand Canyon last summer. I'm in pretty good shape. Gym 3 days a week, ride 100 miles on my bike on weekends, 2 or 3 50-60 mile rides during the week.
Boy! That backpack was pretty freaking heavy!! Would I do it again at Grand Canyon....heck no! Perhaps, next time, 1 4x5 (wood), 1 lens, 1 tripod, changing bag, film holders and film.
I have this same set with the Rolleiflex SL66. It's a great choice. You can do a lot with three lenses.
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50 - 100 two lens set
50 - 120 two lens set
50 - 80 - 150 three lens set -- good
50 - 80 - 180 three lens set -- better
50 - 80 - 250 three lens set <======= I recommend this choice
50 - 80 - 150 - 250 four lens set <==== I have this choice and I am very happy with it!
Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!
Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
All you need is the 80. Keep it simple.
I have a similar set up for my RB67 - 50, 90, 180 which I also think is a good combination.
Originally Posted by Sirius Glass
I sometimes decide to take just one lens out though. Usually the 50 or the 180.
What Steve said. I didn't suffer from any GAS (regarding the Blad) after acquiring the 250 - those four are really all I need. Now a SWC, that would be something...
I have 50-80-150-250, but when I'm travelling I wish I had a 60 and a 110.
And a SWC.
In short, there is no hope.