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Tri Le

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Hello everyone. I am a new member. I just purchased a used 500 C/M and am looking forward to reacquainting myself with film again. I have gone digital since my days with the Nikon D1X, and been primarily shooting with a Canon 1DsMkII, and 5DMkII. Both excellent cameras, but I have found myself shooting too fast, not enough thinking and composing. Any suggestions as far as accessories are concerned, please share with me. Tri.
 

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terry_dent

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Welcome Tri. For the kind of work it looks like you do, pick up a 150mm lens for your camera. Newer CF and CFi types are the nicest but any version will do!
 

polypal

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Hello Tri,

Welcome at Hasselbladinfo forum.

I second Terry advice.
He is not only right about the lens best suited for this kind of work.
He is also right it does not matter which one you choose as long as its a 150 Sonnar.

There are clean silver 150 Sonnars floating around the globe for around 350 USD.
Find a suitable shade or the even nicer proshade and you are in business.


Paul


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Not so young any more but still going strong:
500 EL with early 150 silver Sonnar and proshade.
 

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polypal

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Tri is not the first and I guess he will not be the last who switches for certain jobs to film and also decides to go for Hasselblad.

It is remarkable. Is this becoming a trend?
 

Tri Le

Member
Thank you everyone for the welcome and advice. I am indeed bidding on a 150mm CF-T on ebay. Now, I will have to look for a lens shade. Since I have been so accustomed to SLR's, I bought a PM-90 prism to try. I may look for a PM-45 to see the difference. Any suggestions? Tri.
 

polypal

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Prisms do not wear much.
The worst part is paint chipping but that does not influence the performance just the looks.

The earliest prism is a NC2, also available as Kiev prism.

That one goes for 50-100 USD.
KEH often has bargains for these older prisms.


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EL camera with NC2 prism


Later prisms like the PM 3 or PM 51 do exactly the same job but are more expensive.

The PM 45 is a different one.
That prism has a built in adjustment for users wearing glasses.
That makes the PM 45 a sought after prism and of course more expensive.
 

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terry_dent

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Tri, the PM90 prism is OK except for the magnification is only 2X. The PM45 has a 2.5X magnifiction, much easier for me to focus. The slightly older PM or PM5 prisms have a 3X mag. These give the largest viewing image and are my favorite.

Terry
 

Tri Le

Member
Thanks for the info, Terry. I will have to look for a nice used PM5 then since my eyes are not so good anymore. Any thought on an appropriate lens for close portrait shots? Tri.
 

polypal

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Good point Terry, Magnification factor.

Tri, I would start with the 150 and see what results you get.
The 250 is often forgotten but is like the 150 an excellent lens.
Depending on the features of the face it can be useful for portraits.
Keep in mind the 250 is not a fast lens at F 5.6 !
 

jotloob

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Hello TriLe

I like to use the SONNAR 4/150 plus an extension ring 8 or 10mm .
Exposure compensation is about 1/2 f-stop (longer) .
That gives fantastic portraits with little DOF , as wanted .

Jürgen
 

Tri Le

Member
Thank you everyone for the great info. I took your advice, Jurgen, and am bidding on the 8mm tube, also, the advice on expo comp will be a tremendous aid since I will not have the resource of immediate feedback as in digital. Tri.
 

cs_foto

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i just swapped my non-working PME for a NC2, i would say that the NC2 is great, very clear and the magnification is perfect, with the PME was difficult to see the borders of the pic, with the NC2 is so easy to compose...
 

polypal

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The NC 2 has the largest magnification of the lot.
More than the PME series and nearly twice that of the PM(E) 45.
The oldtimer NC 2 is stillin demand for a good reason.
 

dneyhard

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I agree, the NC-2 is a really nice prism. I have one that I would like to refinish. Does anyone have experience with the proper way to paint the body so that it will look near original?

Don
 

polypal

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Hello Don.

I am lucky to have a good technician who does a good job with these prisms.
He removes the leatherette and disassembles the complete prism.
The paint job is quite straight forward using primer, sanding the primer and applying several coats to finish.

He also cleans the glass elements because they attract a thin layer of dust that makes the prism less clear.
After a final assembly the prism is as good as new.


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NC 2 rebuilt
 

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polypal

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Don,

It is a nice kitchen table job.
This of course depends on the permission of the wife to use her kitchen for these activities!

Paul
 
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