I finally get the Hasselblad Distagon 40mm lens that I purchased in apug.org. It took 60 day (it´s a long story) but finally I have it in my hands.
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.
It is a HUGE and HEAVY peace of metal and glass that dwarfs the smaller Distagon 50mm.
The only problem is that the distance scale is in inches (not meters). But I´m ok with that.
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.
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.
Accordingly to a Petapixel article, Hasselblad released a new digital back for V-System cameras.
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:
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.
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.
Speaking about films, a few months ago a group of friends purchased a bulk of Eastman 5222 Double-X (I wrote about it).
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.
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.
Caires is a good friend living in Santos, 70km from Sao Paulo.
He shoots both film and digital. With medium format he shoots a Pentax 67.
And recently he bought a Linhoff Technik 4×5.
But most interestingly, he used an old Jobo lift to built his own rotary processor, much more elaborated than mine.
He made a short video showing a clever device he invented to invert the rotation of the drum.
Check the scans of the portraits that Alex Villegas took with his 4×5 camera at Filmepalooza III.
Myself. Here a 2400 dpi (15.4Mb) scan.
Massimo is an Italian citizen living in Sao Paulo for near 7 months. I met him this weekend shooting this Yashica EM.
A few hours later I met Eduardo who was just purchasing a box of Kodak Proimage to feed into his Nikon camera.
Photo from Juliana Thies.