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06/11/2010 11:48:25 AM · #1
I am interested in doing some medium format film photography. I found a used Hasselblad for sale at a local store. It is only $400, including an 80mm 2.8 Zeiss lens. The only concern is at there is a small scratch on the front of the lens glass, about 1/4 inch in length. . The guy in the store said it shouldn't be a problem unless I'm shooting into the sun, in which case i would get some increased lens flare. Is that true? Everything else about the camera is great and the price is great but I'm worried about the scratch. Any thoughts? Thanks.
06/11/2010 11:55:45 AM · #2
Yeah, that's true. If you want to prove it to yourself, tear off a small piece of post-it note and stick it on the front of one of your digital lenses and shoot a picture; you won't even be able to tell it was there. Sometimes you will get flare issues of the light's refracting just so across a scratch, but that's not common.

R.
06/11/2010 12:15:13 PM · #3
Thanks Bear. I'll have to see if they have a return policy in case it doesn't work out. I am also going to check out a Yashicamat TLR for half the price of the 'blad, which may be a better choice for a newbie.
06/11/2010 12:28:15 PM · #4
Id buy it if I could at that price! Yashica Mats are really good, was my first medium format camera My Yashica
06/11/2010 03:09:45 PM · #5
They didn't have the Yashica Mat in stock so I bought the Hasselblad. I just shot a test roll and I'm developing it this afternoon. They have a 14-day return policy, so I'm not worried if something is amiss.
06/11/2010 04:02:42 PM · #6
You'd have been crazy to by the Yashicamat, there's something about Hasselblad that transcends the mundane, it's a mythical camera. Like a Leica. 499 bux isn't too much to pay for a piece of the myth :-) A couple times a year I wake up with an intense longing for my 'blads, which were long ago sold when I sold my business. Ditto my Sinar-P, which is likewise a mythical piece of gear, among the large-format cameras.

R.
06/11/2010 05:02:05 PM · #7
Yeah the Yashica wouldnt compare with the Hasselblad, but its still a nice camera =]
06/11/2010 07:24:35 PM · #8
It's a Hasselblad. You can't get a standard lens for $400.

Buy it, ebay the lens, and buy a new one at //www.keh.com.
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