Wow. Look at those prices. Yikes!
Love the Gitzo I purchased in 1984. Still using it today as my main tripod.
nathantw: I find it interesting that in the old days of film if we had a camera that had an infrared dot on the focus scale all we needed to do was buy a $15 (I'm exaggerating) roll of infrared film and a filter. Then there was Nikon's digital camera, the Coolpix 950 (I think), that did IR really well. Now you can get digital IR from Fuji for $1700. Man, inflation is a b*tch.
You did it yourself? Was it hard?
I find it interesting that in the old days of film if we had a camera that had an infrared dot on the focus scale all we needed to do was buy a $15 (I'm exaggerating) roll of infrared film and a filter. Then there was Nikon's digital camera, the Coolpix 950 (I think), that did IR really well. Now you can get digital IR from Fuji for $1700. Man, inflation is a b*tch.
Peiasdf: Was this back when photographer still have access to Whitehouse or are these staff photographer's work?
Also. I can only imagine how much better the quality would be if a modern FF was used without flash.
I wouldn't douibt if many of these were likely shot with a Leica M.
nathantw: Actually looks good. Thanks for the samples. One tip, though, 85mm is good for closeup portraits and the 24mm isn't.
Barney Britton, you definitely called it. ;-)
Holy smokes, Rishi Sanyal. Did you drink too much coffee? Calm down.
I guess you didn't see what lens I shoot the most with, it was at the end of my post, it's a 24mm lens. Yes, a 24mm lens where people's heads are big and their feet are small in full body closeup photos. Where faces are elongated and noses are Pinocchico-lying large in closeup head shots. You didn't see portraits of people in my gallery (at least I have some photos in my gallery) because I don't post photos of people if they aren't in a public area where they expect to be photograph. I've been shooting with the 24mm for over 30 years so I know that focal length's strengths and weaknesses pretty well. Assuming I'm narrow-minded is, well, ass/u/m(e)-ing.
The example photo of the different focal lengths isn't my photo. I just grabbed the link from a quick search.
By the way, not that you would care what I think, but I like the photos you posted in your example to your prove your point.
Okay, Rishi Sanyal. To each his own. I'm sure your models just love the pronounced noses and elongated faces. When's your next portrait seminar?
I'm sure you already know, but for those that don't here are samples of the differences between focal lengths. http://johncarnessali.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Portrait-Focal-Length-II.jpg
That said, ask me what my favorite focal length is. Go ahead, ask. Yeah, 24mm. It's my most used lens for everything.
Mister Joseph: Another massive lens for my massive FF camera to compliment my other massive lenses.
And don't forget your massive backpack/camera bag and tripod that your massive FF camera kit will need.
Actually looks good. Thanks for the samples. One tip, though, 85mm is good for closeup portraits and the 24mm isn't.
This is really cool. I enjoyed it.
As for using the D810 and sticking out like a sore thumb, he probably wouldn't if he decided to use a small prime lens instead of a hulking giant lens like the 24-70mm f/2.8.
smozes: In my opinion, the Joby SLR Zoom model could've been a better match, since it is smaller. However, it uses an integrated ball head which is not compatible with any other plate.
I was really hoping to just carry the Joby SLR Zoom, and be able to mount my MILC to either it or a CapturePro clip, but because of the the ball head, I can't and had to settle for the Joby Focus, which is huge and clearly meant for professional DSLRs.
I agree that it sags after adjustment, especially if the camera is in the vertical position. I actually wondered how they could call it a "DSLR Zoom" when it didn't do what it was supposed to with a zoom lens.
You are aware you can take the ball head off and replace it with whatever you'd like, right? I use the SLR Zoom and change the head periodically.
What they need is a lightweight tripod that extends out to 4.5' or so. Vivitar had a mini tripod in the 80s and maybe the 90s that did that. It was about 12" or less when folded but extended to almost 5'. The only problem was that it was heavy. Mine recently broke but I was lucky to find another on our favorite auction site. It held at least 2 or 3 pounds too.
If there was a lightweight one, though, I'd try that. As for the ones tested here, I use the Gorilla Pod. The only problem is that it does get unstable when you put a DSLR camera with a lens like a 85mm f/1.4 on it. Frustrating.
Terry Breedlove: Either there are many people posting without reading the article or they just can't understand anything they ever read.
I didn't feel you said anything bad. I just felt bad that perhaps you felt that way (negative) about my comment.
Richard, I wasn't trying to be a d*** about it. Sorry about that.
Steve Jobs was replaced by a Pepsi CEO.
Mrrowe8: Sadly much like the T-Rex , Hasselblad & Leica days have come and gone .. They use to be what ALL real photographers aspired to own as it represented the BEST .. Now however they are in most cases overpriced hipster junk .. If they focused on specialty fields maybe they can inch back into the real world .. But now they are just a dull filler story ..
I shot some photos in a studio the other day. I used the Nikon D810 with a 85mm f/1.4G. Then near the end of the session I used a Hasselblad 553ELX with my favorite 120mm lens. Great camera to use with focusing manually. Ah, a split image rangefinder. How I missed that. Anyway, I used black and white film.
I ended up editing the D810 photo in Lightroom and Photoshop and it came out spectacular. The black and whites that I shot came out just as good. I edited those in Lightroom and Photoshop also. However I had to take extra time to spot out dust and white dots. That was one part I don't miss with film. In the end I printed those out too and they looked just as good as the D810. That made me wonder why I even bothered with the Hasselblad.
So, my point is that in the end we're just after getting the image and the D810 does that job as well as any camera and I kinda want to say as good as a film Hasselblad.
nathantw: The Stella wasn't a bad product, it was just way overpriced. In fact, that's where the problem lie, the products are overpriced. Instead of selling more of the same product at a lower cost to make a profit they swung for the fences and tried to make a person's monthly salary in one sale. The "profitable" CFV50c is the same. When there are alternatives, entire cameras, selling for almost half of what a digital back sells for with the same capabilities, then there's a problem.
I'm actually excited about the direction Hasselblad is going if they are indeed going back to their roots. Hopefully they'll come out with a new X-Pan with a digital sensor or a Flexbody with a digital sensor built in. Maybe we'll see an updated V-series that's well built but modern? Guess we'll just wait and see.
We know, stefanprofiler.
Richard Schumer: Some history: Hasselblad went belly-up some years ago; its trademarks and assets were acquired by another company, who tried to market restyled Sony cameras to rich Asians in Hong Kong. Even with retailers in the mix, the plan was a failure and the CEO was replaced. The new CEO dissolved the design house and dropped the lines developed with Sony.
Now, let's translate some of the interviewee's other statements.
1. Hasselblad, whatever the previous CEO thought and acted on, is not a luxury brand, but it is a (high-priced) tool.
2, They are going back to their roots, starting with a brand-new aerial camera design, as their first product was also an aerial camera.
3. Perhaps they can convince the US to take their new camera to the moon again.
4. Let's ignore that Phase One has them on momentum and Pentax has them on price.
5. They have no other products in the pipeline.
6.. "This better work, or my career is s***".
Right. The camera was already designed and produced (100 of them...collectors item) and they were fulfilling a contract with Sony by announcing it.