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Hasselblad 500 vs Mamiya 645... opinions?

PaulL

Philadelphia, US
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PaulL Registered since 17th Feb 2006
Tue 28-Nov-06 08:55 PM

I'm hoping to purchase a medium format camera sometime in 2007 (after I get studio lights), and most likely a Hasselblad 500 series or Mamiya 645 Super series. I'm definitely interested in an older camera in like-new condition with an 80mm lense to start.

Both are approximately the same size, have a wide variety of accessories, well-made, etc. so I don't think i can go wrong with either. My quick searches on prices make it appear that the Mamiya series is cheaper in the secondary market. I love the design of the Hasselblad, but the Mamiya has an edge because it's Japanese made and my grandfather was a Mamiya afficianado.

A few questions:

1. Polaroid backs are available for both... any difference in

2. Mamiya produced their own lenses, correct? I've always read that their lenses were sharp and high quality. How do they compare to the Zeiss?

3. Any difference in function between the older Hassy 500 and Mamiya 645 Super? Mirror lockup in both, correct? What's flash-sync for both?

5. Did the Mamiya ever come in chrome?

Thank you!
Paul

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