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View Poll Results: Vote for your most essential Hasselblad focal lengths
30mm 1 0.41%
40mm 14 5.76%
50mm 71 29.22%
60mm 28 11.52%
80mm 161 66.26%
100mm 32 13.17%
120mm 18 7.41%
150mm 62 25.51%
180mm 14 5.76%
250mm 6 2.47%
350mm 1 0.41%
500mm 1 0.41%
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Your Most Essential Hasselblad Lenses?
Old 05-08-2012   #1
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Your Most Essential Hasselblad Lenses?

What is/are your most essential focal length(s)--the one(s) that usually suits the way you see; the one you will probably want first when you get ready to shoot?

For me, it is probably the 50. The next most likely will be the 40 and the 60.

I'll try to set this up so you can vote for several local lengths. Hope I get this right.
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Old 05-08-2012   #2
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I love the 50mm too but I have to say the 80mm is the most essential because it serves the most purposes.
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Old 05-08-2012   #3
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I've still got far more than I need - all bought used as prices collapsed over the last 10 years 38/50/60/80/100/110/150.

Yet it's the modest 80 that is by far the best for the way I see.
Perhaps it's time for me to join the 'what have you just sold thread'
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38, 50, 80 and 150. Several of my best photos have been made with the 150/4.
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Hasselblad 4/45 .... on my XPAN.
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I've had all the lenses between 38 and 280 mm, and I would say 60mm is probably the most versatile, followed by 120, which is a lens in a class of its own, although it might not be ideal for landscape.
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Old 05-08-2012   #7
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38. No question.
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Oh, I was going to vote 110mm f2, with my 203FE.

Stunning lens. Sharp as a razor. And most beautiful bokeh I've ever seen.
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Old 05-09-2012   #9
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80 is by far my favorite lens, followed by the 50. I find wide angles on the blad very awkward for me. I want the change that though.
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Old 05-09-2012   #10
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The typical triad: 50/80/150
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Old 05-10-2012   #11
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38mm (Super Wide C), 80mm, 150mm.
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Old 05-10-2012   #12
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selling a 100 and 250 in the classifieds. Fav used to be the 100, but I've ordered a 120 so the 100 has to go.
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is one lens possible?

lol.

I want to get a Hasselblad but my problem is that I can't decide on a 1 or 2 lens kit i feel that I "need" 3 or 4. For a 3/4 lens kit I'm thinking of one moderate wide, normal/long normal, and one telephoto: 50mm or 60mm, 80mm or 100mm and/or 120mm, and 150mm or 180mm. Which ones I should choose is all over the internet and beyond the scope of this poll but 60/100/180 seems to be the more favorable/sharper/expensive combo when money is no object and 50/80/150 seems to be the the less favorable/cheaper/less-sharp combo.
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Old 05-10-2012   #14
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Limited to one lens, it'd be the 150 on the Hasselblad for portraits, the fixed normal lens on the rolleiflex, and a wide lens on a Mamiya 6 or 7.
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30, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 135 Planar-S, 150, 250, 350.
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Old 05-10-2012   #16
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60/120 for me
the 60 is a champ so reliable and versatile ... i actually like the looks of my CB lens better than the CF
the 120 is not as bad for further distances as it's said to be
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30, 40, 50, 60, 80, 100, 120, 135 Planar-S, 150, 250, 350.
What, no 180? No 38 Biogon?
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Old 05-11-2012   #18
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Nope. Don't have a Superwide, I prefer reflex viewing. All my lenses are the 70's vintage black C T* variety, so I don't have the 180
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Old 05-11-2012   #19
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Voted 40, 80, 150 as a recommendation to others, but have the 38, 60, 150, 250.

I could live with just the 40 and 150. If 40 is not a length you shoot, the 60 and the 150 (35/90 equiv) would be fine 2 lens start, too.

The 150 rarely comes off the 500. The others are as great lenses, but there is something 'right' about 150mm on 6x6 and the 500 handles nicely with it. Generally, it's my 'people' lens.

I use the 38 as much or more and like the SWC for handiness and having a 2nd body that uses the same backs/accessories (any technical differences between the 38 and 40 are immaterial to me).

The moderate wide 60mm is my 'normal' and a wonderful land/cityscape lens, but I don't use it as much as I thought I would. It might be that I use other cameras for shots in the middle lengths(?).

The advantage of the 80 is it's speed. (But, I'd have a Rolleiflex if all I needed was a single lens.)

I use the 250 the least, but probably have as many 'favorites' shot with it as any from other lens.

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Old 05-15-2012   #20
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Cool

80mm because it is the only one I have. Fortunately, I also have 45mm & 150mm lenses for the Pentax 6x7.

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Old 05-15-2012   #21
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My 120 CF and my 40 CF FLE are the two most used but frequently use my 50 CF FLE and 180 CF. The 100 CF also gets a good bit of use also. The 80 almost never, the 60 CF and 250 some and the 350 CF a fair bit. The SWC/M 38 almost never.

I've always used my 120 and 40 most often.
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Old 05-15-2012   #22
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The 80 gets the most use by a long stretch. There was no place in the poll for the 135 which I love as well. However it's not as general purpose as the 150 and 40 that I also use. In the back of my mind, I wonder if I would really love the 60 if I had one. Seems like it would fit in my scheme of things quite readily.
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Old 05-17-2012   #23
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Certainly my 80 mm lens, followed by the 50 mm lens.

I also own 120 and 250 mm, but those are not used often. Maybe I should change this? ;-)

Well, I think I could live with the 80 mm alone...
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I'm glad to see such a strong response to the poll. Looks like we have many Hasselblad users out there! I was surprised that there there are so few votes for the 100mm Planar, considering its reputation for zero distortion, extreme IQ, and NASA heritage. Then again, it is a sort of "in between' focal length; not quite a normal lens, and not really a long or portrait length either. I also imagined there might be more votes for the 120mm Makro-Planar, and for the 60mm. Instead, the poll seems to confirm that there is good reason why the old 50/80/150 set is the tried-and-true kit for most!
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Old 05-22-2012   #25
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When I was shooting Weddings with my Blads, I did a few (at a friend's recommendation) with -just- the 100mm Planar and 60mm Distagon. For those particular venues, I appreciated not having to carry ""everything but the kitchen sink". That's a truly great combo, the 60 & the 100mm.
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Old 05-24-2012   #26
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The 40mm F4 Distagon-C gets a lot of use. For several years I would take that lens, and the 350mm F5.6 Tele-Tessar out for the day.

Here it is on one of my 500EL/M's, with NC2 Prism, and 70mm Filmback.
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I have the 50, 80, and 150. I use the 80mm 90% of the time.
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The 110/2 is the reason I have a Hasselblad. The Rollei version is too expensive.
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Hasselblad 4/45 .... on my XPAN.
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38 Biogon on my SWC.
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I love the 150 on my 500C/M.
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I had an old 1000F years ago with an 80, 150, and 250, all lovely old 50's Zeiss lenses. I loved those lense. Recently I was given a 500 C/M with the 80 f2.8 and 150 f4. So... since those are my ONLY Hasselblad lenses at the moment, those are what I voted for. But I think that would be about right anyway. Most of my shooting is in the normal to slightly long range, though a 50 would come in handy down the road.
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It's interesting that three lenses that have a reputation for strong performance did not fare that well in the poll. The 60mm Distagon, the 100mm Planar, and the 120mm Makro-Planar are well thought of, yet few apparently consider them go-to lenses. It's not hard to explain, though. Most folks obviously select the focal lengths they think they will get the best use from, and not necessarily those that get the best lab-test scores! Besides that, if one considers the 80mm the "standard" lens, they would no doubt select a second and third lens with a sufficiently different focal length from the 80mm to justify the weight, bulk, and cost. Thus, the popular 50-80-150 combo.
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I have two oldies in my bag an 80 C and a 150 C. I use the 80mm more often, but I think I would definitely take to a 60/100 kit if I had them.

I plan on upgrading to CF lenses in the future and likely adding a 50mm. Seems logical.
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80mm is the one I use the most.

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I always have a 50mm on the camera and swap it with whatever else (a 35mm and a 85mm) depending on the situation. But my 50mm is what I use most.
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100mm based on quality.

I suspect the question which lenses do you own? would produce the same distribution. If you only have 80mm it is "essential"

Always happy though to see Hasselblad love.

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I only have an 80mm lens so that is the one that I use.... I have a 2x but I hardly ever use it....

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I always have a 50mm on the camera and swap it with whatever else (a 35mm and a 85mm) depending on the situation. But my 50mm is what I use most.
I'm figuring you're referring to 135 format lenses? As far as I know there aren't any 35 or 85mm lenses for the Hasselblad system. There's the 38mm lens permanently attached to the SWC, and the 80mm "standard"...
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