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Old 03-06-2017   #41
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Absolutely! I will do that shortly.

Would you mind if I send you a PM? I would love to talk with you in way more detail as I have finally become excited about my work again. I would love to learn more from you.
No problem, as I like your approach to starting out right with the Hassey. I will get back to you within a day; so you know I will reply. Also with our aging eyes, and it happens to everyone sooner or later; that screen you will "really like" in your Hassey that I am talking about. It is so much brighter.
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No problem, as I like your approach to starting out right with the Hassey. I will get back to you within a day; so you know I will reply. Also with our aging eyes, and it happens to everyone sooner or later; that screen you will "really like" in your Hassey that I am talking about. It is so much brighter.
Perfect! We are headed to Emory for more blood work. I will send a PM before we leave. Thank you so much!
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Just got back from the camera shop... Tri-x film, a dark slide cover that slips easily into a leatherette ID holder, and an excellent hood for the 80 mm lens. All for less than $25. Hmmm.. This stuff is cheap compared to the Leica stuff.

They had other things to sell for a Hassey but I was running late for an appointment. There is always next week.
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Hassey bag alert...

The Billingham Hadley Pro is perfect for the HB 500 V cameras with lens and hood attached. The X1 and charger/batteriies go in one end compartment and the rest of the main compartment perfectly fits the 503cxi with 80/2.8 lens and hood attached. Using a divider for a long trap door in the main compartment, a second 500 identical in size can ride in the top. Or in my case, it remains empty for any other items to carry for the day.

Film, and all miscellaneous items go in front pockets and various other places. The inside pocket holds an iPad 2. The outer zip pocket is empty presently.

Now to find a decent tripod head toy my Manfrotto tripod.
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Hassey bag alert...

The Billingham Hadley Pro is perfect for the HB 500 V cameras with lens and hood attached. The X1 and charger/batteriies go in one end compartment and the rest of the main compartment perfectly fits the 503cxi with 80/2.8 lens and hood attached. Using a divider for a long trap door in the main compartment, a second 500 identical in size can ride in the top. Or in my case, it remains empty for any other items to carry for the day.

Film, and all miscellaneous items go in front pockets and various other places. The inside pocket holds an iPad 2. The outer zip pocket is empty presently.
I'll just add the Think Tank Retrospective 7 to the list of serviceable Hassy bags. It has room for my 500CM with lens, with compartments for two more lenses. I can get in an extra back and a compendium shade (and film and a rocket blower).
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I'll just add the Think Tank Retrospective 7 to the list of serviceable Hassy bags. It has room for my 500CM with lens, with compartments for two more lenses. I can get in an extra back and a compendium shade (and film and a rocket blower).
Love it! Thanks, now you have me wondering what other bags work well for Hassy users here on RFF....
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Thanks again, that confirms I have an older screen. I hope to come across the 42170 at a reasonable price because my eyes are not getting any younger!
Neither are mine. I can really benefit from extra magnification. I recently bought the HC3/70 prism, with 4x magnification and a diopter correction adjustment. I can set the diopter for my vision, and use the prism without my glasses in the way. It may be a bit heavy to hand-hold, but I can use it on a tripod. It has the highest magnification of any Hasselblad finder. I also use the PME45 (3X magnification); and the folding hood (2.5X magnification). I got rid of the chimney finder, as it has only 2.5X, no better than the folding hood.

For 80mm and longer, 2.5 or 3X are enough. But for wide angle lenses, I think I'm going to like the HC3/70. By the way, the shorter HC4 is only a 3X magnification.
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Screen update...

The replacement screen is just... Ok... but not what it should be. So, I called and talked to Bill Maxwell for an hour this evening. Wow! What an education I received. He is very knowledgeable and generous to share.
He determined that I do not have the acute matte but, rather, an ind original Hasselblad screen. I then determined I need a new Maxwell screen. But which one?

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The replacement screen is just... Ok... but not what it should be. So, I called and talked to Bill Maxwell for an hour this evening. Wow! What an education I received. He is very knowledgeable and generous to share.
He determined that I do not have the acute matte but, rather, an ind original Hasselblad screen. I then determined I need a new Maxwell screen. But which one?

Something to ponder now.
Hi Dave; it sounds like you have one of the better salesmen that come forth when they error on a product, and admit to. I knew just by the way you were working with the screen that it was not a newer Acute Matte. I have heard good things about the Maxwell's, but personally have never seen one or knew someone locally using one. With your sales friend now knowing what your need is; I'm sure things will work out better for you?
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Hi Dave; it sounds like you have one of the better salesmen that come forth when they error on a product, and admit to. I knew just by the way you were working with the screen that it was not a newer Acute Matte. I have heard good things about the Maxwell's, but personally have never seen one or knew someone locally using one. With your sales friend now knowing what your need is; I'm sure things will work out better for you?
Well, you were correct. The old HB screen works fine but is not so easy on the eyes which means it is also slooooow with the occasional miss.

My choice, as Bill stated, is Brilliant Matte or Split Image. Apparently, I need both but it will be a stretch for just one. It seems, IIRC, that with mostly centered portraits, a split image may not be needed, so the Brilliant Matte is the better choice for me.

I would love to hear from Ithe Maxwell screen users.
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I bought a huge pile of his "seconds" ten years ago and I still have a few
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I bought a huge pile of his "seconds" ten years ago and I still have a few
Good grief! I had no idea they existed! Sure beats the price of new ones I am sure!

Lucky dog, you... LOL. let me know if you want to sell one!

Tomorrow, I will soldier on with a dim screen. But at least it is in the forecast that tomorrow will be sunny. Just in time for my trip to the country... Way out in the country. A place that has advertisements for a Hog Killin' now and then. The kind of place that I can not come across as a city dude from Atlanta!
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Dave glad your enjoying your Hassie, it looks like a great looking camera you have
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Hey, Range Rover, thanks!

I was stunned after using it the first time... It was deja vu all over again but it was the first time I ever shot a Hassy. Somehow the camera feels like it was meant to be and I love the workflow. Now to get the Maxwell screen and a custom leather strap. We are going to rock this Blad whilst I shoot a whole new portfolio.
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Yes, sir, and I thank you for that.

Oh, and thank you for your advice already given, I really appreciate it!
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I might have a good use screen stashed away now that I remember. It's the same as my Bright good one except it has a very slight cleaning mark on it. You cannot see it when your looking through the viewfinder and lens. If I find it tomorrow, I will send you a email Dave.
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I might have a good use screen stashed away now that I remember. It's the same as my Bright good one except it has a very slight cleaning mark on it. You cannot see it when your looking through the viewfinder and lens. If I find it tomorrow, I will send you a email Dave.
That would be cool!
I will be around except the afternoon as we go on the country run but we should be back by 5pm. Thanks!!!
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It's very easy to get sucked in to the Hasselblad system. More lenses (all heavier and bulkier than the 80), viewfinders, spare magazines, etc etc. Your bag ends up weighing so much it's hard to lift it out of the car. I love it all, but I think I like the camera best when I stick to the 80 lens and the waist-level viewfinder.
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It's very easy to get sucked in to the Hasselblad system. More lenses (all heavier and bulkier than the 80), viewfinders, spare magazines, etc etc. Your bag ends up weighing so much it's hard to lift it out of the car. I love it all, but I think I like the camera best when I stick to the 80 lens and the waist-level viewfinder.
Ha, ha! Exactly my thoughts... I am only going so far as my non-existent budget will allow. But I have to apply for exceptions when I need an extension tube, or such, oh, wait...I need one for the 80 to do macro!

The PME finder might be a requirement but that depends on a couple of other factors. Sigh... it will be a journey of discovery.
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It's very easy to get sucked in to the Hasselblad system. More lenses (all heavier and bulkier than the 80), viewfinders, spare magazines, etc etc. Your bag ends up weighing so much it's hard to lift it out of the car. I love it all, but I think I like the camera best when I stick to the 80 lens and the waist-level viewfinder.
Hi Chris, I have to agree with the 80mm Lens; and use it as much as possible. One of the most important piece's of equipment that I find essential is the 45 degree angle finder, weather it is metered or not. In a lot of locations in Canada or other places were people gather to photograph water falls or canyons for eg; they all have minimum 4 foot safety fences. Now I am only 5 ft, 13 inches short, and if I tried to photograph those sites with the regular viewfinder or chimney finder, I would have to be 7 ft tall just to look down into the finder for focusing. The right angle finder eliminates this need, and it would be a must need for the shorter in height photographer. Another great point about this finder, is it eliminates all that extra stray light coming around you, and easier/faster focusing. As far as extra lenses; the 40mm is a must for my photography.
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Hi Chris, I have to agree with the 80mm Lens; and use it as much as possible. One of the most important piece's of equipment that I find essential is the 45 degree angle finder, weather it is metered or not. In a lot of locations in Canada or other places were people gather to photograph water falls or canyons for eg; they all have minimum 4 foot safety fences. Now I am only 5 ft, 13 inches short, and if I tried to photograph those sites with the regular viewfinder or chimney finder, I would have to be 7 ft tall just to look down into the finder for focusing. The right angle finder eliminates this need, and it would be a must need for the shorter in height photographer. Another great point about this finder, is it eliminates all that extra stray light coming around you, and easier/faster focusing. As far as extra lenses; the 40mm is a must for my photography.
Just looking around and I am convinced I will need a prism metered finder sooner or later. But now I am confused on which one. Also, 45 or 90?
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Dave, just to add to my above statement. Me and the wife were in Niagara Falls around 1975, and a young lady in her 30's was carrying her studios Hasselblad. She also was carrying a small 2 step wood ladder and tripod, and she had been there the week before and could not get "a clean shot". Like she said to me and the wife; being short has it's disadvantages. I took off my angled metered finder and let her use it. She was immediately surprised how easy it was to photograph with, and no stray light coming in; or the use of the 2 step ladder she had. I just find it myself as a piece of equipment that's a must have for many other occasions too.
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Just looking around and I am convinced I will need a prism metered finder sooner or later. But now I am confused on which one. Also, 45 or 90?
Dave, are you confusing yourself? There are all 45 degree, but I believe the 1st one out was a PME-45, than the PME-51, and the latest now PME-90, with a few more bells and whistles. Lol
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Dave, just to add to my above statement. Me and the wife were in Niagara Falls around 1975, and a young lady in her 30's was carrying her studios Hasselblad. She also was carrying a small 2 step wood ladder and tripod, and she had been there the week before and could not get "a clean shot". Like she said to me and the wife; being short has it's disadvantages. I took off my angled metered finder and let her use it. She was immediately surprised how easy it was to photograph with, and no stray light coming in; or the use of the 2 step ladder she had. I just find it myself as a piece of equipment that's a must have for many other occasions too.
The right angle prism! Yep, I can definitely identify with the practical use of THAT one! If it meters too, then that means less gear to buy and carry around. But I would like a 308 meter at some point.
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Hey, Range Rover, thanks!

I was stunned after using it the first time... It was deja vu all over again but it was the first time I ever shot a Hassy. Somehow the camera feels like it was meant to be and I love the workflow. Now to get the Maxwell screen and a custom leather strap. We are going to rock this Blad whilst I shoot a whole new portfolio.
That's how I felt when I got the hassey, I've been using digital so long
that when I tried the medium format again it was like what a difference,
the photos seemed to open up with more depth and detail, I only have
two lenses for the Hassey, a older 80mm C Chome with T* and a CF 80mm
I pickup for a great deal and I'm pretty happy with them.
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The right angle prism! Yep, I can definitely identify with the practical use of THAT one! If it meters too, then that means less gear to buy and carry around. But I would like a 308 meter at some point.
I'm only a Gossen user. What a lot do not realize with the spot meter attachment on; you have 3 readings for 7.5 and 3 readings for the 15 degree. Too me another must have piece of equipment, and a large EV reading scale to match your Hassey.
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Dave, if your figuring on doing more studio type photography with the Hasselblad; than the waist level finder is the "only" option. I do not shoot people, but do places etc; that is why I use the angled finder, and of course as you know it is metered. You have to make the decision where your most use of the camera is going to be??
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You have to make the decision where your most use of the camera is going to be??
Why? One of the advantages of the modular system is it very quick and easy to switch from an angled prism finder to waist-level in field, I wouldn't recommend it every other shot but if you set out with the prism the WLF takes so little room to pack it's a shame not have it if it is going to be best.
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Why? One of the advantages of the modular system is it very quick and easy to switch from an angled prism finder to waist-level in field, I wouldn't recommend it every other shot but if you set out with the prism the WLF takes so little room to pack it's a shame not have it if it is going to be best.
I totally agree Chris, and I accumulated much of the needed things for my Hasselblads. Dave's situation is much different at this time as he has emailed me on a couple of things. I'm sure he will open up on his direction soon enough; but not for me to say here now.
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I totally agree Chris, and I accumulated much of the needed things for my Hasselblads. Dave's situation is much different at this time as he has emailed me on a couple of things. I'm sure he will open up on his direction soon enough; but not for me to say here now.
Noted, thank you.

It's all the little bits that now seem to be shooting up, I resurrected my light meter winder knob when I saw what they were asking to check function.
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Joe, that is a nice head there, and made in Germany!! Thanks!
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It's very easy to get sucked in to the Hasselblad system. More lenses (all heavier and bulkier than the 80), viewfinders, spare magazines, etc etc. Your bag ends up weighing so much it's hard to lift it out of the car. I love it all, but I think I like the camera best when I stick to the 80 lens and the waist-level viewfinder.
It is for the reason that I waited until I got a SWC only. No other Hasselblad camera or lens is needed.
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Joe, that is a nice head there, and made in Germany!! Thanks!
They have different models and sizes with different features. This one is unique because it's a ball head that allows for a vertical tilt lock... Sort of a blend of a pan and tilt head with a ball head. Good for using my 4x5 field camera. This particular model also has click detents that can be activated for doing panoramic stitches that I use with a custom bracket.

I think I got it it for a really good introductory price. I don't recall the price, just knowing it was seemingly a very good deal, as that's mainly the only way I acquire things (if the deal is good).
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They have different models and sizes with different features. This one is unique because it's a ball head that allows for a vertical tilt lock... Sort of a blend of a pan and tilt head with a ball head. Good for using my 4x5 field camera. This particular model also has click detents that can be activated for doing panoramic stitches that I use with a custom bracket.

I think I got it it for a really good introductory price. I don't recall the price, just knowing it was seemingly a very good deal, as that's mainly the only way I acquire things (if the deal is good).
The vertical tilt lock is a must for me. I think B&H has this for $299. That is within my planned budget for a tripod head so I think it will be perfect. My old 322RC2 needs some attention but I don't know what to do with it, so, a new head is in the near future! I appreciate the heads up.
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It is for the reason that I waited until I got a SWC only. No other Hasselblad camera or lens is needed.
Yeah, the SWC is such a sweet camera for most anything. Good choice, Raid, for a lifetime, I think.
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