Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/29

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Subject: Re: [Leica] M6 21 ASP OR HASSELBLAD 503cm with ?? (undecided)
Date: Tue, 29 Sep 1998 15:33:22 EDT

I have a very slanted opinion.  I love medium-format but despise the
Hasselblad.  I had one for a brief time and got rid of it.  The lack of an
instant-return mirror is more than a minor annoyance, as is the noise the
thing makes.  I also found the shape uncomfortable without an add-on grip and
that an eyelevel prism is a must for following action and for anyone under 6
feet tall.  Yes, the Zeiss glass is sharp, but the argument for prestige glass
is a bit less persuasive with medium format than 35mm.   Assembling even a 3
lens Blad system, with a couple backs and a prism represents a stratospheric
investment.  However if you would never buy deeper into the system than one
body, one back and an 80 2.8 Planar, you can buy a working-condition
Rolleiflex 2.8F with an 80 2.8 Planar for well under $1000...then buy the 21
ASPH with the difference!