While the Hasselblad is a more silky, smooth mechanically, I don't think you'll notice any real difference in image quality.
After several years of shhoting with a Rolleicord WLF, the Hasselblad felt right at home, and now looking through a prism seems odd to me. That said, after borrowing a Pentax 67, I saw no difference in image quality.
The only really benefit to the Hasselblad is the ability to change film backs. A blessing and a curse.
The first rule of film backs is . . . you can never have too many film backs.
The second rule of film backs is . . . you can never have too many film backs.
The THIRD rule of film backs is . . . ALL of them . . . EVERY single one of them . . . will need to be reloaded just when the perfect, fleeting light condition appears. It doesn't matter how many you have or how many times you train yourself to reload them immediately after finishing a roll.
I find i only need two. One to use, the other to have a loaded magazine when there is no time to reload the first one.
Four, if i use both colour and black and white.
Could be because i indeed do reload a magazine as soon as possible.
Things were much better still when 220 film was more readily available.
And cheaper - it looks like 220 is going up in price every day. Almost twice the price, per frame, as 120 film now. So even though my favourite colour film (Portra) is still available, i can't bring myself to buy it anymore.
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With the prices the way they are now and with little patience, you can get a hassy for a very reasonable price.
The optics on a Hasselblad are incredible.....IMO. I am extremely satisfied with the results and the ruggedness of this system.
I sold mine to go to 4 x 5 a few years back and regretted selling the blad to get to 4 x 5. I ended up buying another blad shortly after. I bought a 1997 - 501CM with a 1994 - 60mm Distagon 1982 - A12 back, 70mm back, PM45 viewfinder as well as the original view finder and a bunch of expired film for $800.00 U.S.
This was just last year so deals are out there.