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View Poll Results: Vote for your most essential Hasselblad focal lengths
30mm 1 0.38%
40mm 14 5.34%
50mm 73 27.86%
60mm 31 11.83%
80mm 172 65.65%
100mm 33 12.60%
120mm 19 7.25%
150mm 62 23.66%
180mm 15 5.73%
250mm 7 2.67%
350mm 1 0.38%
500mm 2 0.76%
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Old 08-20-2014   #41
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I own 60/100/150. If I could take only one lens it would be the 150.

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Old 08-20-2014   #42
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Actually I sold a few of my lenses a while back. Specifically the 50mm, the 150mm, and the 250mm. Just wasn't using them as much any more; Prefer other lenses in the lineup.
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Old 08-20-2014   #43
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I own 60/100/150. If I could take only one lens it would be the 150.

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That's the three lenses I own too. Funny thing is, I was gonna reply I only have the 60 and 100mm; when I saw your post I remembered I had the 150 too. I just don't use it. Maybe I should do more headshots. Then it could get some exercise.
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80 f2,8

150 4,0

also, less frequently, 50 f4
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Interesting to see this older thread come alive.

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80 f2,8
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also, less frequently, 50 f4
My first round with the Hasselblads included a 903SWC and 500CM with 80 and 150 lenses. I used the SWC most of the three.

I sold that system off in 2004 to fund other things, and missed the SWC a lot. So much so that when an opportunity to acquire one presented itself at the end of 2012, I bought another—this time a 1978 model. Shortly after I bought another 500CM as well, with both 80 and 150 lenses.

On this round of 'Blad ownership, I've used the 500CM more than the SWC, but not as much as I'd planned. I realized a few weeks ago that a) the 80mm lens was a bit wider than I wanted for general use, given that I have the SWC, and b) the 150mm was both a little too long and didn't focus closely enough.

My solution was to acquire the CF Makro-Planar 120mm f/4. It's just arrived a couple of days ago and I haven't even done any shooting with it yet, but I can immediately see that this is the right lens for me. It will be the lens on the 500CM most of the time, I'm sure, with both the medium tele FoV and the ability to focus down to about 2.7 feet distances. I also like the CF focusing ring and shutter aperture controls—they're very ergonomic and easy to use compared to the 80 and 150mm lenses. (I prefer the older lens style with the SWC because that one is used scale focus most of the time, and the older lenses' DoF indicators are easier to see.)

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Old 08-20-2014   #46
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38 4.5 on my SWC, Second would be the 35mm on my Arcbody.
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Old 08-20-2014   #47
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only ever owned the 80/2.8. would love to try out some of the wider/longer lenses, but don't know anyone with them... maybe once i'm back in the states i'll look to pick up another lens, as one of the strengths of the Blad is the system-ness.

oddly enough, that's one of the things i like most about my TLRs though -- the lack of need to constantly wonder "hmm, should i buy something else?"
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Old 08-28-2014   #48
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That's the three lenses I own too. Funny thing is, I was gonna reply I only have the 60 and 100mm; when I saw your post I remembered I had the 150 too. I just don't use it. Maybe I should do more headshots. Then it could get some exercise.
I sometimes think about replacing 60 and 100 with the 80, though. Would give me a stop more and I would get rid of some weight. But the good comments about the 60 and 100 made me keep them so far.

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John Brook

One of my early mentors, John Brook, had a successful studio on posh Newbury Street in Boston.
He had large northern exposure windows.
A living room with a wall painted grey.
Shot B&W almost exclusively.
A 1000F Blad.
he had ONE lens, the 180mm Zeiss Olympic Sonnar.

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I was there once while WGBH, the local PBS station, was doing a piece on him. They asked to borrow his lights for their shoot.

He had no lights. Just windows.
And one lens.
Still, he managed to do OK.
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Old 09-20-2014   #50
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My solution was to acquire the CF Makro-Planar 120mm f/4. It's just arrived a couple of days ago and I haven't even done any shooting with it yet, but I can immediately see that this is the right lens for me.
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As I suspected, this is just the right lens for me. :-)

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Old 10-09-2014   #52
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I only have one lens for my Hasselblad, so by default it is the most essential
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Old 10-09-2014   #53
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There are only 4 that you'll need: 40, 50, 80, 150

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I've trimmed things down a bit.

30mm, 40mm, 60mm, 80mm, 100mm, 120mm, 135-Bellows, 350mm.
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Hasselblad newb here, I've put together a kit with the 60, 100, and 180, hoping they become my wide/normal/tele trinity.
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Acquired a 500C/M with a chrome Planar 2.8/80mm T*, a black Planar 3.5/100mm and a chrome Sonnar 4.0/150mm/C lenses a few months back.

I'm getting acquainted with them. Having an Imacon Photo SCSI scanner on an old Mac G4 helps a lot with that. Haven't filled the poll out because not sufficiently informed on what my essential lens will be.


I'm planning on using the 500C/M in a portrait series this year. Twelve portraits of poets in twelve months.
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Old 01-10-2015   #58
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Hasselblad newb here, I've put together a kit with the 60, 100, and 180, hoping they become my wide/normal/tele trinity.
Three of Zeiss's best!

I never said what I use. At present, 40, 50, 60, and 100 are most used. I have the 150, and an 80C Planar, but I use them less than the others. The camera usually comes out of the bag with the 60 or 50 on it. Then I go up or down from there.
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I only have an 80 for now so I voted for that. I am lusting for a 150 though as I would like to get tighter shots for portrait
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You can also consider the 120 for portraits, as it gives you somewhat more flexibility range wise. It is a bit like a 75mm macro on Leica.
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Old 09-04-2015   #61
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You can also consider the 120 for portraits, as it gives you somewhat more flexibility range wise. It is a bit like a 75mm macro on Leica.
Yes, for highly detailed portraits! The 120mm Makro-Planar is so sharp, I would never use it for a portrait of anyone, but especially women, over the age of 18! For any other macro work, it is superb. At infinity, it's just another lens. I traded mine when I saw it was just a little bit soft at infinity. Just a little soft, mind you; only visible in a 16" square print. It's there, though; I saw the softness in three different copies of the 120.

HOW CAN THIS THREAD, WITH THE LAST POST DATED 09/05/15, HAVE RESURRECTED ITSELF TODAY, 03/05/16, WHEN NO ONE HAS POSTED ANYTHING NEW?
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HOW CAN THIS THREAD, WITH THE LAST POST DATED 09/05/15, HAVE RESURRECTED ITSELF TODAY, 03/05/16, WHEN NO ONE HAS POSTED ANYTHING NEW?
because someone voted on the poll.
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Old 03-05-2016   #63
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I use 60 and 120 only since owning 500CM

cant live without the 60 .. love it
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Haha I love seeing old threads revive mysteriously. Sometimes it's fun!

Since I last originally posted in this thread I sold my older C type lenses and moved to a 50/80/150 CF setup. I eventually also acquired a 100mm CF which is super impressive but I find that whenever I can be bothered to put down my Leica and use my Hasselblad it's usually with the 80mm.

Even though I like the others quite a bit, it's clear that the 80mm f/2.8 is (for me) the most practical / flexible lens in my kit.

So, I'm selling the 100mm. Even if it is the best lens in the lineup.
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38mm SWC, than the Macro Planar, than the 80mm!
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Hasselblad newb here, I've put together a kit with the 60, 100, and 180, hoping they become my wide/normal/tele trinity.
Mike, back in my 'blad days I had the usual trinity - 50-80-150 -
It's all good but
in retrospect, today I would chose your trinity.
I would need a pair of 500Cs though, 'cause I'd weld that 100 to one of them.
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The 60 is really handy. You could simplify things a lot with the 60, 110 and a 2x mutar, but you'd need an F body. Hassy lenses are all special, but from what I have used so far the ones that are really outstanding are 38/4.5, 110/2 and 350/4.
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I have only the 38mm 4.5 Biogon, and it is therefore my favorite lens for a Hasselblad.
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Old 04-06-2016   #69
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I now own in CF and CFi the 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 180, 350, 1.4XE.

One of two fave's in action, the 60 CF / 501CM on a assignment this week in a marble quarry. The other fave is the 100 CFi.
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I have the 50, 80, 150 set plus a 250 that needs shutter repair. I use the 80 and 150 about equally, much less for the other two. If I had to go out with only one lens, it would be the 150 and an extension tube of some undetermined length.

The 120 Makro is the lens that entices me the most these days.
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Old 04-07-2016   #71
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Not essential, but I'd still be happy to give this 500mm Tele Tessar a home if I could. It's being sold by some guy called David Scott.
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At some point I am going to bite the bullet and swap out my 350mm CF for a 350mm SA, worth it for the digital backs but still a damn expensive lens.
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only one lens for me the 80mm why well its the only lens l have for my 500C
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I'd love to see you guys get going with a W/NW thread!
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Yeah, let's see some Blad shots!
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This one isn't common. The 30mm F3.5 Distagon Hasselblad Fisheye.
Need to get out more and use it this year!

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Nice to see this thread come to life again..

I've added a 50 to my previous set of SWC, 80, Makro-Planar and 150. At some point, maybe this year, I'll likely add the CFV-50c back.
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I upgraded some of my key lenses, the CF versions of the 60, 80, 100 & 180 are now CFi and CFe, a move to promote smoother focusing in cold weather and better longevity with Niravox main springs.
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Professionally, I’ve used Hasselblads a lot, but never owned one.

I own a Rolleiflex 6008, and a 80mm on two-and-a-quarter square just feels… well… right.
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You're one of 3 people using a Rollei 6000 - I can't even find a decent prices SLX...

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