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Sell Sony A900 For Hasselblad H1 Digital Back
« on: November 21, 2011, 12:20:45 AM »
  I have the Sony A900 with CZ 24-70 and was thinking of selling both for a Hassy H1 and P25+ Digital Back or something else. I DO NOT want tethered. I no longer shoot weddings and just have some Portraits to do BUT NOT do many. So, its more a Hobby now and Dont want to break the bank. I am not sure if there is a slight difference from switching or none or a lot. Thanks, vetteman
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Re: Sell Sony A900 For Hasselblad H1 Digital Back
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 01:45:45 AM »
I guess you have to look forward to break the bank as trading in the combo will require some extra dollars for the Hasselblad set-up you have in mind. A P25+ is still easily 5,500 USD.

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Re: Sell Sony A900 For Hasselblad H1 Digital Back
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2012, 06:21:35 AM »
Have you seen this review?
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Re: Sell Sony A900 For Hasselblad H1 Digital Back
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2012, 07:03:10 PM »
Hi vetteman,

Just curious to know is there something you dislike or you are not happy with a900?

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Re: Sell Sony A900 For Hasselblad H1 Digital Back
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2012, 09:43:30 PM »
  I have the Sony A900 with CZ 24-70 and was thinking of selling both for a Hassy H1 and P25+ Digital Back or something else. I DO NOT want tethered. I no longer shoot weddings and just have some Portraits to do BUT NOT do many. So, its more a Hobby now and Dont want to break the bank. I am not sure if there is a slight difference from switching or none or a lot. Thanks, vetteman

I have slight problems in understanding your reasoning??? You want a digtal back as a hobby and you do NOT want to break the bank? And you do NOT want teethered shooting? IMHO the A900 is a much more versatile beast than a digital back. Digital backs might make sense if you shoot a lot in studios and hardly ever on locations. The ISO is pretty much limited to max ISO400 and that thing is heavy. For portraiture, still life, fine art and perhaps prodcut shooting this would make sense but then more the 60mp or 80mp backs and not the 25mp. I have not got the link handy but there have been comparison shots and tests done that revealed tha the A900 ourperforms most digital backs.

If I were you I would think very carefully about this...and I would certainly make sure to borrow a digital back with Hassy before venturing down that alley!
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Re: Sell Sony A900 For Hasselblad H1 Digital Back
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 10:01:45 AM »
Stef, I can guarantee you that my P21 outranks the A900 (I have the A850 to which I can compare). The sheer dynamic range of 12 stops is something no DSRL camera can even dream off.

Working with equipment as such however requires a total different approach, you are not exactly going to shoot 'street' with a set-up like that.

I use my SWC with P21 for landscapes and city shots and each shot requires a lot of preparation, always shooting from tripod. DB's are indeed very popular in the studio but that is not my kind of shooting.

The Phase One + series these days have very good high ISO performance going up easily to 3200 or more.

Nevertheless, don't get me wrong, I understand your concern. I have the A850 combo with the 16-35/2.8 and the set-up is a whole different world alltogether.

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Re: Sell Sony A900 For Hasselblad H1 Digital Back
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2012, 11:47:16 PM »
Hi

Wow 3rd post and I'm already offering advice!

Just wanted to second pointblank's points. Hasselblad or any MF is a totally different ball game. I had a demo of an H4D 40 recently and the 12 stops is something you have to experience to appreciate. Pulling in shadows and highlights in Phocus software lets you see the quality these cameras are capable of: what you can reclaim - with almost no loss of quality - is astounding. What this offers is huge workflow flexibility for pros and importantly a lot of scope for creativity in post.

Also the focussing precision is again a different league to all DSLRs I've ever used. When you focus the Hasselblad it is in focus, period (and the focusing tools when tethered really are sweet). Its not just the big sensor its a precision package and has to be used as such.

DSLRs are also great. Fast, east to use, light etc. I'm only considering MF because I need that level of precision and flexibility. If you don't I really see no need to go MF.