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What would a Hasselblad H4D-200MS be used for?


MrGoatsmilk 6 1.5k England
27 May 2011 12:49PM
Just reading the review on the above. What would a camera like this be used for and whatever that is would it be a must or would another camera system costing much less do the same?

Is it a must have name for people with the money to afford it as in a status symbol or is it more the right tool for the job item?

Stu

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User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
27 May 2011 1:12PM
It will be used mainly, I expect, for very high resolution product photography.

If you factor in inflation to the cost of a top quality medium format film camera from 30-40 years ago (which were, essentially, used for the same purpose), then the price is maybe not too far different.

As the camera is unlikely to be used out of the studio or specialist set, it probably does not carry much "status symbol" baggage but, rather, will be used by professionals who specialise in product work who might regard it as the only tool for the job.

Might be interesting to see just how much better the final image is compared to, say, a Pentax 645D costing a third of the price.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
27 May 2011 1:17PM
There's also the 'impressing client' aspect. If one turns up to do a shoot with a compact, you will not be taken seriously. If you turn up with a pro DSLR you will be taken far more seriously. Turn up with a Hasselblad H4D and they'll think you're the bees' knees. Lol! Wink
mad-dogs 12 2.2k England
27 May 2011 1:34PM
I used one of the 50 Mb.versions at the Hasselblad event last night in Manchester to shoot the Ferrari on display. High end advertising and car photographers are the most likely market.
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
27 May 2011 1:45PM
...taking up Mad-Dog's point, having used the 50Mp version, M-D, are you of the opinion that boosting Mp to the equivalent of 200Mp by combining multiple images, as this new version does, is a necessary upgrade to get the quality required for top-end product photography?

If so, is it a technology we might see moving down the camera scale in due course?
sherlob e2
8 2.4k 126 United Kingdom
27 May 2011 2:02PM
The article states:


Quote:can accurately position the sensor with accuracy


Umm... so I guess accuracy is an issue then.

I do wonder how many pro's togs actually buy such kit. I would imagine (although I have no real idea) that the real market is from rental revenue? i.e. rental companies and high end studios may buy the kit to then rent out to photographers.
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
27 May 2011 4:08PM
there is a direct comparison to the D3x on Ken rockwells site, with side by side pictures, and the detail the blad produces compared to the nikon is outstanding, i would use one for all of my product, and portrait (studio) work if i had one. Smile
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
27 May 2011 4:09PM
i lied, it is the H3D linky and the D3
User_Removed 5 4.6k 1 Scotland
27 May 2011 6:13PM

Quote:

I do wonder how many pro's togs actually buy such kit. I would imagine (although I have no real idea) that the real market is from rental revenue? i.e. rental companies and high end studios may buy the kit to then rent out to photographers.



I guess that if a major auto manufacturer is paying an advertising agency several -millions for a model launch campaign, the cost of a camera like this is chicken feed.
BigRick 9 2.1k 3 United Kingdom
27 May 2011 6:49PM

Quote:The article states:

can accurately position the sensor with accuracy

Umm... so I guess accuracy is an issue then.

I do wonder how many pro's togs actually buy such kit. I would imagine (although I have no real idea) that the real market is from rental revenue? i.e. rental companies and high end studios may buy the kit to then rent out to photographers.



A photographer friend of mine has just bought the H3D, which is what inspired me to find comparative shots. He shoots weddings and family portraits, and has been going for over 30 years. The difference in quality is noticable with the naked eye as it were.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
27 May 2011 6:52PM
If you're a pro you can set off the cost against your taxable income - spread over 3-4 years usually.
keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
27 May 2011 8:04PM
We'll all have one then, obviously
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
27 May 2011 8:13PM

Quote:We'll all have one then, obviously


You mean.............. you haven't got one? I'm deeply shocked! shocked-light.jpg







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keithh e2
11 23.4k 33 Wallis And Futuna
27 May 2011 8:20PM
I didn't say that . I said we'll 'All' want one. However it's a rental item as has been said. The idea that Pro's go rushing for the latest camera is misnomer. There are scores of Commercial Photographers who don't even own a decent camera.
Carabosse e2
11 39.7k 269 England
27 May 2011 9:52PM
Indeed. Our high street pro still uses a Canon 5D Mk I. Wink

But his business seems to be doing OK - and has certainly been going for donkey's years.

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