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Experience with Hasselblad 503cxi or H3D?

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This week I was offered a Hassy 503cxi Kit that was amazing to me but then I was reminded of a former client who had offered me his ("then-almost new") H3D. I fell in love with the H cameras with that one short time with his camera.

The 503cxi kit seems quite versatile at a very reasonable price.
Just dreaming about which direction I need to go professionally at the moment. After I am finished with a half-dozen projects, I need to get back to shooting for hire and I am wondering if Hassy might be the gear needed.

Anyone here with experience with the H cameras?

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I've used the H-series numerous times and I love the ergonomics of it. It's a very well laid-out camera with the best viewfinder I've ever used, bar none. My 500CM was fun to use back when I had it, but it's definitely more of a recreational setup.

As pleasant a character as the Zeiss V lenses have, I find them pretty weak on a digital sensor. The Fuji H lenses are measurably better for extracting the full potential of the format. If you're shooting professionally, the H is definitely a better choice.

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If you want to go digital,
I think the Fuji GFX system will redefine medium format standards,
destined to become an iconic camera that reshapes photography
like the M3 and Nikon F did in their time.

That's hard to believe now, but next year at this time,
its likely to be the standard medium format view.

time will tell.

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[quote name='brennanphotoguy']What are you shooting with the camera? Are you shooting digital or film? etc.[/QUOTE]

Well, I have not shot professionally for 10 years. I have been a 24/7 caregiver for the last nine years. But it is time to get back to work... no more sports! Weddings, events, portraits, etc. both film and digital are what I prefer. The M6 will only get me so far.

Also, I am looking into product photography.

It looks like the H2/3 would work just fine but I do not know which lenses yet.

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I have both the V and H series bodies (previously owned 503CW, now 2000FCM + 203FE, and H2) and I love both. I would try to keep your decision making as simple as possible.

Depending on your shooting style or professional potential,.. if you are wanting to solely shoot film, The V series bodies is a great approach. If you want to shoot digitally, then I would go with the H series bodies. If you plan on shooting both, the H series is a nice combination. The only reason why I kept the 2000/203 bodies, is because of the 110 lens. It's a beautiful portrait lens without a doubt. Mind you it doesn't work on the 500 series bodies.

For studio work, I don't think you can go wrong with either. Maybe some more conveniences for the H series.

But like someone said already, if you want to shoot digital medium format, I would really consider the Fuji GFX. It will start changing the way of digital photography.

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[quote name='CameraQuest']If you want to go digital,
I think the Fuji GFX system will redefine medium format standards,
destined to become an iconic camera that reshapes photography
like the M3 and Nikon F did in their time.

That's hard to believe now, but next year at this time,
its likely to be the standard medium format view.

time will tell.[/QUOTE]

Hmmm... Thanks for the tip! Will definitely consider that! :-))

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I think I like the V-series better for slower, contemplative photography. The H-series feels right at home with a larger grip-viewfinder setup; the V-series feels a little clunky. But to each their own.

The H-series also offers a lot more control over the camera's settings, and a wide array of digital and film backs, with the downside of having to stick to 6x4.5 format.

Disclaimer, I am currently selling my H3DII, but I often use H2D's in a commercial studio with Phase One and Leaf backs. They are fantastic cameras, both in the field and tethered to a computer.

Edit: I just saw you were looking into product photography...I strongly believe the H-series is the way to go, tethered to a computer. You can do things like focus stacking that you could never do on film. Also, as much as I love film, digital is far more convenient for this type of work.

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