Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/07/22

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Hasselblad 35mm rangefinder, a hoax ?
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jul 1998 07:59:31 -0500

At 08:02 AM 7/22/98 +0200, you wrote:

>The image shows a body looking like a mix between a M5 and a G2. If it
>is a hoax, it is the best photo hoax I have ever seen...

I checked Hassleblad's web site. Not a word, but then that's not really
hard to understand since they want to launch it at Photokina. But then why
the web site with that interesting URL (including the name Nikon). And a
quite amateurish looking web page. Well, I guess whistleblowers aren't
necessarily web masters.

I have lots of experience with Photoshop. And looking at the parts, it
looks like a conglomeration of camera parts. The Contax G2 shutter release
and windows. The end of an M5 and the lens is pure Leica. And it's a rather
poorly done Photoshop job, actually. I have tried to make pictures, for
illustration purposes, that look seamless. When one had tried to do that,
it's easy to spot the flaws. This picture looks flawed to me. 

But I could be wrong! I'd love to see a real panorama camera in 35mm. I
love panorama pictures, but don't want to get into a larger format at this
time. If it's true, I'll be interested. Even if to me an f/4 lens on a 35mm
rangefinder camera is just short of square wheels on a Porsche. ;-)
- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

    All lies and jest 
    Till a man hears what he wants to hear
    And disregards the rest.