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    I always shoot primes, especially the old. Couldn't tell you much about modern Zooms in MF

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    You say it is for portraiture. Do you foresee a need for speed in your workflow in the room? Will you be shooting a lot of young children or mainly adolescent and adults? Do you have tons to throw at glass or are you in the 'need-to-pick-and-choose' boat? Primes are lighter, faster (aperture), slower (speed of use), less expensive. Zooms hold to the contrary (heavier, smaller max apertures, quicker to use, mo expensive). So it comes down to what you want and what you need and the balance you find in between the two.

    Oh, and I prefer primes but love zooms so I cannot help you there. (LF not really applicable in this discussion I suppose.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by TareqPhoto View Post
    I use primes as well, but hope i can find a zoom which give me more range equivalent to 24-70 or 70-200 in DSLRs, i saw one zoom for Mamiya RZ67 Pro which is 100-200, didn't find one zoom for Hasselblad 500 series even i am sure there is, so i think i better stay with primes.
    The Schneider Varigon 140-280mm f5.6 comes to mind for 500 series Hasselblads as well as for the 2000/200 series. There was also the (Fuji)Blad 60-120 FE lens for the 200 series.

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    "If you look at a thing nine hundred and ninety-nine times, you are perfectly safe; if you look at it the thousandth time, you are in frightful danger of seeing it for the first time." G.K.Chesterton

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    Prime lens usually have lower f/Stop while consumer grade zoom lens usually start from F5.6... If you zoom closer to your subject you might not get to your lowest f/stop.

    Zoom lens also might more vulnerable to chromic abbreviation

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    maximum f-stop may be a limitation for dof effects and also because the viewfinder will be dimmer. For portaraits do you really want bitingly sharp images anyway. A slight softness to the image is usually more flattering to the subject.

    I remember seeing a full face photo of a TV presenter on a magazine cover. She was considered to be a bit of a looker. I rekon the tog didn't like her. He must have used a macro lens. You could see every skin pore and blemish on her face and the image was knife edge sharp. Made her look like a gorgon.
    Last edited by tlitody; 06-13-2010 at 12:44 AM. Click to view previous post history.

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    Quote Originally Posted by epig View Post
    The Schneider Varigon 140-280mm f5.6 comes to mind for 500 series Hasselblads as well as for the 2000/200 series. There was also the (Fuji)Blad 60-120 FE lens for the 200 series.

    Eric
    Where i can find that Schneider Varigon 140-280mm f5.6?

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    Places like KEH and eBay.
    They are not very rare items.

    But mind that you get the one you need, i.e. one with shutter for 500-series Hasselblad. There also was a version without shutter for 2000-series Hasselblads.

    It's a big, heavy and slow lens. Not cheap either. Are you sure you want one?

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    I have the Bronica ETR 45-90.It's OK,nothing spectacular.As far as Schneider goes for the 645 Bronica,I have read that the 125-250 was good.Also the 110-220 f/4.8 gets excellent reviews.

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    I have zooms and primes for 35mm. I only use primes with medium and large format (obviously). In no case have I found myself wishing for a zoom with medium format. In fact just going out with one or two lenses tend to give me more keepers than when i take the zoom. I don't know why, other than I need to move more and moving makes me see more options.

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