</span><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (harry @ Mar 19 2003, 03:59 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'>Hi, I'm harry, long time listener and first time caller.
Even though I *know* it's not always the case I've never known anyone who bought a Hasselblad who didn't have more money than sense.
There are viewpoints that one can take where the decision to buy Hasselblads makes sense - at least SOME sense.
Hasselblad does not follow a strategy of planned (read: forced) obsolescence. Even with the introduction of new models, the "old" lenses still fit. I can use lenses and accessories manufactured in the mid 1950's on my late 1990's bodies, and on the latest 500 series models. They are even usable (if without the "electric" features) on the 200 series.
Compare that to a certain medium format camera manufacturer who changed their lens mounts on a new model, and the "old" lenses would not fit.
Also, Hasselblads have the highest resale value, and they remian "repairable", physically and therefore financially, for a long, long time.
So musch for reason and intellectualization. I also LOVE the "feel" of these puppies.
But then agian ... I do "Art" photography, and I have found it to be futile to try to link art and "sense" anyway.