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    An incoming.....

    Well, for a few years I hauled lots of kit around and enjoyed the results. Mostly been a Nikon fan over the last few but got to the point that the size and weight of the bag was out weighing (pun intended) the fun. A few years ago I sold/swapped everything out and ended up with a Leica compact in a trade from a great member here. The Leica has been my companion for the last 5 or so years and has be around the world more than once. After an unfortunate incident it sustained damage after being dropped - repaired at a keen price following esteemed advice from sundial on here!. Well it's now getting past it's best (again) and I had an itch to change it out for something different.

    Lots of research, lots of hand wringing and reading of Mings blog and others. I did not and do not want to go down the route of a DSLR and lens setup as I prefer to travel a bit lighter these days. I cannot justify spending 2k plus on some of Leica's newer offerings and some of the secondhand stuff is very variable in terms of capability and condition.

    So......I have bitten the bullet, gone about 'off piste' as I could go.

    Pics and info to follow once the deal is completed.
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    Mings a Hasselblad guy isn't he?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    Mings a Hasselblad guy isn't he?
    Hardly lightweight though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JasonM View Post
    Mings a Hasselblad guy isn't he?
    Correct - although he is no longer associated with them.

    Good call Jase.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_the_UK View Post
    Correct - although he is no longer associated with them.

    Good call Jase.
    I've been drooling over the Hasselblad range for years. Stunning pieces of kit, but more than I need and in reality can afford.

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    Quote Originally Posted by learningtofly View Post
    I've been drooling over the Hasselblad range for years. Stunning pieces of kit, but more than I need and in reality can afford.

    Tony, looking at work by some very, very good photographers, my "old" 5D, 7D and 1D MkIII are far more than I'll ever need. Older bodies don't stop taking good photographs. Light is light. You just have to be there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by magirus View Post
    Tony, looking at work by some very, very good photographers, my "old" 5D, 7D and 1D MkIII are far more than I'll ever need. Older bodies don't stop taking good photographs. Light is light. You just have to be there.
    Spot on

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    I'll post some more info when it lands - and some pictures etc.

    This was an easy choice in some ways and a difficult one in others.

    I have gone for a Hasselblad Lunar - this is the re-bodied Sony NEX7.

    This was a massively overpriced exercise by Hasselblad which never really got leg's - mainly due to the price (6k when new). I have had Leica compacts in the past that were of a similar heritage and they were superb for the money - great cameras which took some amazing pictures from my travel.

    The use of titanium and carbon fibre, the fit and feel in the hand, mirrorless, decent mega pixel sensor, Sony E fit lens use, and the price/condition and carbon/Ti, alloy combo. made it a must have/try.

    Watch this space.
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    Watching with keen interest here.

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    Tomorrow is delivery day!.
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    Well the box is impressive!

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    Ok, so first impressions...

    What a piece of engineering - the feel and weight are very impressive. Lots of titanium and carbon fibre.

    Why might you ask?

    As I posted earlier I did not want to head back down the DSLR route (I could have got a decent secondhand one for the money), I wanted to try a mirrorless camera and I have lusted for a Hasselblad product for years. Underneath the superbly engineered skin are the Sony NEX7 electronics, a very capable camera in itself.

    I'll post some pictures up once I have had a proper play.



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    And to think that product nearly broke Hassleblad! Their then CEO tried to pitch them as a luxury manufacturer like Leica by flogging rebadged Sony products at many times the price.
    They look great though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith View Post
    And to think that product nearly broke Hassleblad! Their then CEO tried to pitch them as a luxury manufacturer like Leica by flogging rebadged Sony products at many times the price.
    They look great though.
    Quite.

    They made 200 of them in the end, most of which were sold with big discounts from the original 6k price tag.

    This one is near mint and I p/x'd some old Canon stuff which brought the price down to less than 1k.
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    That's a seriously nice piece of kit Chris. Did you get just the one lens with it, or are there others?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Griswold View Post
    That's a seriously nice piece of kit Chris. Did you get just the one lens with it, or are there others?
    Just the one Peter, 18-55mm. The Sony E series lensed fit so here are a few choices. Also, there is an adaptor that enables the A series lenses to be used.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_the_UK View Post
    Just the one Peter, 18-55mm. The Sony E series lensed fit so here are a few choices. Also, there is an adaptor that enables the A series lenses to be used.
    Time to start saving then Chris.
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    Enough talk. Lights, camera . . . action! ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrSmith View Post
    And to think that product nearly broke Hassleblad! Their then CEO tried to pitch them as a luxury manufacturer like Leica by flogging rebadged Sony products at many times the price.
    They look great though.
    Sorry but is it just me that thinks its fugly,

    Looks reminiscent of a childs toy camera.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris_in_the_UK View Post
    Just the one Peter, 18-55mm. The Sony E series lensed fit so here are a few choices. Also, there is an adaptor that enables the A series lenses to be used.
    There are two Minolta / Sony AF to Sony E adapters; also a Metabones Canon EF to Sony E AF adapter; also lots of independent brand non-smart manual focus adapters for many legacy lenses e.g. Canon FD , Nikon F, Leica M, Leica R Novoflex are are often listed s/h by e.g. Ffordes. C7 pro quality adapters are superb and they often sell ex demo / used e.g. this FD to E mount adapter for $20 https://c7adapters.com/en/products/c.../used_items/34 they are better made than Novoflex

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    Long overdue, but liking the camera so far.

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