Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/06[Author Prev] [Author Next] [Thread Prev] [Thread Next] [Author Index] [Topic Index] [Home] [Search]
>If I was going to buy a used hassy what should I get? I want sheer >bang for buck. I like WLFs and lenses around 50-150mm in this format. A 500C or 500 C/M, used. For lenses, stick to the T* C lenses for maximum performance/dollar. For backs, the old manual 12's work great, if not as quickly as the A series backs. No real difference between Hasselblad backs other than convenience. Get a Maxwell screen (I've got a Beattie. Wish I had a Maxwell.) >Lenses as fast as possible. Not really possible with the C series lenses. The lenses made for a focal plane bodies are faster, but then you're talking about serious cash... >And what do you have to look out for buying used?? Backs: make sure the insert matches, watch for light leaks. Lenses: the normal stuff -- check the glass, the mechanics, shutter speeds, etc. Bodies: forget it -- get a CLA (at the same time you have your Maxwell screen installed -- great guy, *really* competent, kind of slow). Hell, buy used, CLA *everything*, and use the system in good health. (You'd be surprised what could go wrong on one of these. Seal between the back two "shutters," foam under the mirror, alignment of the focusing screen...) Worth getting in to. Just make sure you get everything checked out by a *good* repairman.