Okay, Q.G. sorry, I should have rather stated "as most Hasselblads do not". But to be realistic, the overwhelming majority of Hasselblad cameras that are around belong to the 500-system. It seems to me that the 200/2000-system is quite rare and the cameras are very pricey, even by today, so I didn┤t mention them.
That's just nonsense.
Originally Posted by Jed Freudenthal
If anything, it's the other way round, and the SL 66s enjoy a bit of a reputation for being fond of the repair shop a bit too much.
One thing can be said without hesitation is that there are very many Hasselblads in use today that are quite a bit older than the oldest still working SL 66.
Easy, that, since they have an 18 years headstart. And because they are second to none regarding build-quality.
And now that i'm well and truly 'in' this thread: that's the bit i'd say.
SL 66, while good cameras, are - as any SL 66 owner would confirm - a bit (!) of a gamble. They always have been, from the very beginning.
They are bigger and heavier too.
You have to like the ergonomics, with (just like the Rolleiflexes) controls on both sides of the camera: you need three hands: two to operate the controls, one to hold the camera.
(And, Slixtiesix, they are much rarer than 2000/200 series Hasselblads. )
But i wouldn't say they are bad.
If you could do what you need with a larger and slightly "fiddlier" camera, the Mamiya RB or RZ system may be a good compromise for those who want most of the benefits of a Hasselblad, plus a built-in bellows. There are also 6x6 backs for these cameras.
over the SL66, I'd even be tempted to go with a Hasselblad for its benefits and a separate Mamiya C-something with a Paramender if I just had to have a camera with a built-in bellows. The C-series cameras are very cheap now, and they, along with an RZ, have kept me from wanting a Hasselblad (which is a good thing $$$).
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Originally Posted by Slixtiesix
But there is still time for your to buy the FlexBody and use all your Hasselblad lenses! That will give you swing and tilt!
Originally Posted by epavelin
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.
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The SL66 is the one camera I regret selling. The downside is that fewer lenses and accessories are available compared to other cameras, qualified repair people and parts are few, and if you do jam the camera it will very likely need to be serviced by one of those repair people. Otherwise, I think it is a joy to work with. I wish I shared the same fondness for the RB67.
Years ago I purchased an SL66 instead of a Hassey. I loved the camera and regret eventually selling it. I loved the tilt feature it had. Great for landscape photography. Never had to worry about depth of field. Optics were as good as Hassey. Same lens if I recall. If I had a choice I would still prefer the SL66, mainly because of the bellows and tilt features.
I still have two SL66 systems that I acquired in the mid 1970's, and they have never needed repairs. However, being nervous after 25 years of faithful service, I did send them for a CLA to Brett Weston's former Rollei person (Jurgen) and they are no doubt good for another 25 years.
It was Brett who first introduced me to the camera, and his love of the system is legendary. What he was particularly excited about were the tilt and bellows, and the extremely sharp lenses. The system is my favorite for the same reasons.
I have nothing negative to say about the SL66 system, and must add that I have no experience with the Hassey camera.
Originally Posted by Slixtiesix
The irony of it all: they had considered cloth shutters right from the start (quite common back then) but dismissed it right from the start also, because Victor wanted to avoid problems due to the sun burning holes in cloth. (Apparently also something not uncommon? Leica and other rangefinders?)
So it just had to be something else. So even though they put someone on the problem the moment they changed to leaf shutters, it kept the focal plane shutter out of Hasselblads for some 20 years. Silly.
Say, you know a bit about SL 66s: can you say something about the problems that befall SL 66 and SL 66 E cameras?
Originally Posted by Q.G.
I have a SL66 now for about five years now. I got it CLA'd shortly after I bought it, just to be sure.