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    You make those cameras sound like a real "HASSLE". Gentlemen, the correct spelling is "Hasselblad" (which is a Swedish name, named after founder Victor Hasselblad). See also http://www.hasselblad.com

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    Ever since I got my 503CW last year, I can't put the thing down. Hasselblad and B&H tag teamed to twist my arm into submission. Hassey with it promo - buy a 503CW, and A12 back, get the CW Winder for free and then B&H with an incredibly low priced 80mm CFE demo for sale. How can a weak man like me resist. And it was yellow to boot. Alright maybe not a plus for many of you, but still...

    As for the lenses, they are worth every penny. Since then, I have bought a 50mm CFi, 120mm Makro-Planar CFi and 180mm CFi. The pics come out crisper than fried chicken. Truely awesome. I can't say enough about the camera system and its lenses especially.

    Now, since I'm just a hobbyist and spending large amounts of money is not an option, just medium large amounts, I'll tell you a secret...I bought all three of the last lenses on e-Bay and KEH and saved myself a fortune. The key is patience. You have to wait for your lens to come up and you should wait for 'star' sellers on e-Bay. Ask lots of questions too and don't bid until you are sure the lens and seller are legit. Most lenses go for 50% of the original price. The other key is the CFi versus CFE designation. I have a 503 so the newer CFE lenses, which are more, have an added feature which is worthless for me, so I look for the CFi models. The CFE models have the electronic contacts for the 200 series Hasseys.

    I took all three of lenses to local shop that I trust to have them looked over and they were all in 'Like New' condition with their optics being unblemished.

    Buy a Hassey, you'll enjoy it for the next half century at least. Future archeologist will dig up my yellow one before they DNA my bones.

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    Go with the Hasselblad. They never break (unless you screw up) and wow there's a lot in those negatives. I have 6 lenses but I did 2 weeks in Egypt with just a 60 and 150 and to me they're the perfect walk-around combo. nothing too extreme and my are they sharp. You'll always wonder if you should have gotten the H if you get anything else.

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    Go with the Hassy! I bought an older 500c, back, and 80mm lens two years ago and it is amazing. I too know the pain of looking at hassy lens prices, so here is what I did. I have a 2x converter, which gives me a 160mm lens wit only one stop of light loss. I have a set of 3 close up filters, and a 55mm tube for doing macro. I did add a second back to my kit. When I do win the lottery, I'll look at getting the 250mm, and the 40mm. It seems when ever I get close to saving the money for another lens, a Linhof, or a Veriwide walks by, and I can't resist. I just need to learn to keep it in my pants, my wallet that is.
    "Hey, I don't tell you how to tell me what to do, so don't tell me how to do what you tell me to do!"-Bender Bending Rodriguez

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    Ebay is the place to get gear. Be patient and know the current market price of what you want. Here are a couple of my experiences:
    This is not a lie: About one year ago I won an auction for a 503CW kit (A12 back and CFE 80 lens) for $1000 including overnight shipping. It was made in 2000 and was in new condition. Did I luck out? Yes. Was I afraid of a scam? Hell Yes!!!
    Then about 3 months ago, I won this auction: 501c with 80mm, A12, 50mm CF FLE, real 2xe converter, and A24. All from 1995. All came with boxes and were as new. No joke. The price? How about $1525 with shipping.

    Be patient and look. And for god's sake, ask questions.

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