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Does anyone still shoot with Hasselblad cameras?

Asked by Upward (740points) April 13th, 2008

I shoot with a Hasselblad but I’m curious if anyone else does and why. I was in NY last week and everyone was shooting Cannon or Nikons.

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amwelles's avatar

I don’t, but only because I can’t possibly afford one.

theabk's avatar

My dad does and he loves it! He still only uses film.

irishcurls's avatar

yeah I am a nikon user, going to upgrade do d3 soon, can’t wait.

Upward's avatar

D3 is great! Shot my last mag cover with one. What it can do with zero light is impressive. But my Hassy is still much sharper under normal conditions.

whatthefluther's avatar

If I still owned one, i would certainly be shooting with it. My entire life I’ve been dedicated exclusively to Hasselblad and Nikon, and for convenience, a pocket Minox and have never been disappointed in the quality and performance of any of the three brands.

bpeoples's avatar

They’re super well built cameras (in theory, the ones they left on the moon would still be usable..), super-dependable, and they give you great results that can’t be (exactly) replicated by digital cameras.

Most people are going for conveniences or speed (camera -> end product) over the “hassle” of running film.

Then again, I had a great time shooting a Hassie with a Aptus Leaf 17 back…

shockvalue's avatar

Yeah, if they can afford one.

judochop's avatar

Man if I could afford one I would have it at my side 24–7. Hasselblads are the shiznit for image clarity and low-light applications.

hurleygrlblink's avatar

ive worked with two photographers here in the chicago area who swear by them, and those two have been the best photographers i have worked with so far, and from my experience even though they are expensive cameras, they do give the best final image. I love the pictures i received from the shoots with the photographers I worked with that used Hasselblads

drhellno's avatar

I haven’t shot mine since November, nearly entirely because of my budget. Though the H2 is a fantastic camera for digital jobs with a tech and budget etc.

I’ve also felt constricted by the square format, after 10 years of committing to it.

CMaz's avatar

Hasselblad cameras were all that I used. Would luv to have one again.

People today just can’t understand. Film is like a living organism. The Hasselblad made it breath life.

whatthefluther's avatar

@ChazMaz….And I suspect you did your own developing and printing as well. Its a beautiful process to perform and behold and will soon be lost less a few knowledgeable zealots/historians. See ya….Gary/wtf

CMaz's avatar

“And I suspect you did your own developing and printing as well.”

Yes, I did. And I am glad that I did. Brings an insight that you would normally miss.
The emulsion never lies.

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