New Hasselblad Distagon Lens

I finally get the Hasselblad Distagon 40mm lens that I purchased in It took 60 day (it´s a long story) but finally I have it in my hands.

2004 - Distagon 40

The seller lied to me. He said the lens had a few scratches and cleaning marks but it doesn´t. The lens is perfect. Almost like new.

2005 - Distagon 40

It is a HUGE and HEAVY peace of metal and glass that dwarfs the smaller Distagon 50mm.

2007 - Distagon 40

The only problem is that the distance scale is in inches (not meters). But I´m ok with that.

2006 - Distagon 40

I could have bought it right here, in Brazil. I found two for sale but their prices were ridiculously high. This one, in good condition, costs near $1600.

2008 - Distagon 40

And this one, that seems have been heavily used, with some paint wear and a scratch in front element, costs around $1125. I paid half of that.

2009 - Distagon 40

Digital Back for Hasselblad V-System

Accordingly to a Petapixel article, Hasselblad released a new digital back for V-System cameras.

2002 - Hassel

2001 - Hassel

2003 - Hassel

It is a beautifull peace of metal that keeps the same classic style of the camera. And also an impressive technology because unlike the digital back made by Leaf, this one doesn´t need a release cabe.

The cost is around $15,000 which is way too far from what I can spend on a camera. And, like other digital stuff, its value rottens. Fortunately we have a cheaper and more handy alternative:

1848 - USE FILM

Hoarding Films + Double-X

Today I got a bulk roll of Tri-X from Alex, who is giving up 35mm. From now on he will shoot only medium and large formats.

1991 - Tri-X

I have a good sort of films. Never miss an opportunity to get cheap films, even expired and even if you don´t need. If you shoot film, someday you´ll need it.

Caires also hoards film (this is his fridge). As you may notice, he is more into medium-format than 35mm. Medium format is very addictive.

1992 - Caires

Speaking about films, a few months ago a group of friends purchased a bulk of Eastman 5222 Double-X (I wrote about it).

1998 - Eastman 5222

We loaded into 35mm canisters and distributed among our friends (10 films each). I´v been shooting a lot of Double-X since then and these are the last two.

1993 - Double-X

It is moderately fast (ISO 250) and high contrast which I like very much. It is also scratch-resistant what saves post-production time. Here are some photos.

1997 - Double-X

2000 - Double-X

1996 - Double-X

1995 - Double-X

1994 - Double-X

Another DIY Rotary Processor

Caires is a good friend living in Santos, 70km from Sao Paulo.

1990 - Santos

He shoots both film and digital. With medium format he shoots a Pentax 67.

1981 - Caires

And recently he bought a Linhoff Technik 4×5.

1982 - Caires

But most interestingly, he used an old Jobo lift to built his own rotary processor, much more elaborated than mine.

1983 - Jobaires

1984 - Jobaires

1985 - Jobaires

1986 - Jobaires

1987 - Jobaires

1988 - Jobaires

He made a short video showing a clever device he invented to invert the rotation of the drum.

1989 - Jobaires