[HUG ] Odious Comparison

  • From: "Stein" <rstein@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <hasselblad@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 30 Mar 2008 09:50:19 +0800

Dear friends,


                 I have been staring hard at the light box and even harder
at the prints. I have a question about Hasselblad lenses that is bugging me
and I need various opinions.


                I purchased a 150mm Sonnar F - the 2,8 version for the
200-2000 series cameras. It sits on my 201F and seems to function perfectly.
Therein lies my query. Up to now I have done bellydance shots in the studio
using a 120mm Makro Planar as it allowed me to get a decent sized image and
preserve as much of the paper-roll backdrop area as possible behind the
dancer. In many cases with ME dance things swirl out to a great distance and
I try to get all the veils and swords within the confines of the backdrop.


                This is indeed even more possible with the new Sonnar though
the slightly longer focal length means I have to step further back in the
camera room. All good - the 1/90 second exposure demanded by the 201F is
still fine for movement as most shots are taken with flash.


                 The problem is I have been looking at the new prints and am
starting to wonder if they are significantly sharper than the ones taken
with the 120 - and whether this means that I have a beauty of a new lens -
HOORAY - or if the dear old Makro Planar is having problems - SNIF....


                Any ratings on the relative sharpness of these two Zeiss
lenses? I have never questioned it before and indeed the Makro Planar
delivers superb results with flat art copy od close-ups. Is it time for a
service or is it all correct or is it just me?



Uncle Dick

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