Hasselblad Tag

My daughter bought a cake decorating kit. It is made in  Switzerland - world headquarters, presumably, of squirting icing on sponge. It certainly seems so from the promotional announcements on the outside of the package; there are paeans of praise and promises of paradise on every surface. It is the sort of cardboard box that would be worshipped in remote jungle villages in a Conrad novel.And the cake decorator is just a plastic icing squirter with nozzles...

Bag and a bar. Six bucks.Money goes to the school - digital bag goes into your camera outfit - chocolate goes to your hips.How good is that?PS: The strawberry and mint ones come in a two-pack, so you can share. As if you would...

How often have you sat in the dark at the camera club competition and looked at the perfection on the screen. And then had the judge pick out the one-pixel-wide flaw on the image - this in an image that is the size of a two-car garage - and score it as " can do better ".Kinda makes you want to pack a pistol, don't it? Or at least throw a double-dark slide through the darkness like a ninja star, in hopes of winging the miserable sod. All your work, and all to no avail...

Having just emerged from the Battle Of Leederville - aka the camera club photo markets - with my sanity intact and my wallet bolstered by the contents of other people's wallets, I am set to squander my money all over again. I mean I am about to make some sensible and considered purchases, before it burns a hole in my pants pocket.I have set out a list of desirable items to purchase that will be absolutely essential to happiness - if I do not acquire them as soon as possible I will absolutely die.Or not, as the case may be. The dying bit may be a bit dramatic, but f I don't get these new possessions I will plunge into the deepest despair.Or not, as the case may be. I am taking pictures right now with the cameras I already own that look pretty good. But if I don't have a new computer with the newest operating system that is connected to a cloud I won't be able to make anybody like them...

The mind is a funny thing. We tend to forget things until we remember them. Stomachs are also odd - you get all hungry and faint until you eat dinner and then you are not. These two principles have guided many camera manufacturers to release commemorative camera models - they remind you of something, you think about buying it, they get your money, and then they buy dinner.The recent release of a special model of a camera to commemorate their awards for that camera model seemed to be a new departure. Nice camera, works superbly, interesting colour, tortured premise.No more so, though, than the ones that have been issued to commemorate the lapse of a 99-year political treaty, the four-year Olympic show, or the name of a famously reclusive photographer. Or you can ask for your own name to be engraved somewhere. Users of Minx B cameras would be well advised to have a name like " Bob " or " Sam " to have this idea succeed...

If you are the owner of a Polaroid ID camera camera, or the Polaroid instant back that mounts to a Hasselblad, Mamiya, or Bronica camera, you can score a cost-price bargain right now.We have an embarrassment of Fujifilm FP-3000B Professional film packs. These have 10 shots each of an 8.5 cm x 10.8 cm size inside them. The film is ISO 3000 black and white instant type.In this case it really is almost instant - 15 seconds from pull through the rollers to peel-apart. Super good contrast and fine grain.The fridge is full of fresh packs - and we need room.They are normally $ 35 a pack but we're sending them out now for $ 28 per pack. If you need instant ID photos for your job site this is the cheapest you're ever going to see for film. Also good for low-light work....

Looks like the internet has struck again.Inaccurately, of course, and anonymously, and with the worst possible motives*. But the victim has fought back.Someone somewhere posted rumours that the finances of Hasselblad were in trouble.Hasselblad themselves - with the authority of Ian Rawcliffe, the CEO of the company - have instantly quashed this. They are in damn good shape, they have an excellent product in their new medium-format camera, and they have new products coming in the pipeline.Visitors to their stand at the forthcoming Photokina will be rewarded with glorious images and glorious devices to play with. Professional users of this brand will always be rewarded with the best working system there is.Note: The Backstabbers Guild Of Australia never indulges in rumours about cameras. We recognise that the internet market is saturated with this form of nonsensical speculation already and we prefer to confine ourselves to more exclusive treachery.* Commercial advantage. Rivalry. Moolah....

" I don't know anything about cameras but I want one to take good pictures and I'm going away tomorrow and which is the best one? I get discount."Good thing , that. Not the discount bit, mind...

Hasselblad would like you to buy one of their new H5D-40 digital cameras. Now, please. If you have space in the car, buy two - saves coming back later when you discover that the kids have taken yours. And got marmalade on the lens.To reward you for this purchase they are are proposing to sell you some of the razor-sharp Hasselblad lenses for remarkably reduced prices - in some cases you can save up to 50%. The lenses that are offering are:HC 2.1/100mmHC Macro 4/120mmHC 3.2/150mmHC 4/210mmThe reasons for buying the Hasselblad H5D-40 actually do extend a little further than just saving money on the lenses. The camera is the top of the medium format digital world with 40 megapixel sensor, Phocus 2.8 software, and the unique True Focus AF system that maintains correct focus even when you recompose your composition.Please check out their website now. The images that Hasselblad feature to showcase their own equipment are excellent, but I would also go to Alexia Sinclair's website to see what more can be done. I saw these presented on a big...