Leica as good as Hasselblad?

4 years 7 months ago #451886 by Glen Mosley
I was talking to a sales rep at camera store and was looking at a couple Leica's.  I made a comment that the camera was like a stinking Rolls Royce and had some killer features.  The rep stated that Leica is now considered the new Hasselblad. 

I know these cameras have tons of features, but are they as good as Hasselblad? 


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4 years 7 months ago #451900 by effron
Seeing how I don't own either, neither is as good as my Nikons......:P
Both great camera manufacturers, don't get caught up in the "what's better" game, a competent photographer would do well with either brand....

Why so serious?
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4 years 7 months ago #451904 by Don Fischer
I agree with effron. Something to consider is that Leica doesn't make a med format camera and Hasselblad doesn't make a 34mm size DSLR. I would not spend the money on either unless I found them used in a second hand store. No way would I lay out that kind of money for anything other than a home much less a camera. Saw a lady at a field trial a couple years ago walking around with a Lieca. Watched her quite a bit and she never shot one photo with it!


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4 years 7 months ago #451913 by JeremyS
I think that is comparing apples and oranges. 

Hasselblad is Med format+ typically and Leica is 35mm. 

I would love to have either one if not both, but one doesn't cover the other. 


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4 years 7 months ago #451917 by Roger Lang
Agree, both are great brands and would depend on the individual camera to determine which is better.


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4 years 7 months ago #451922 by royhalpin
I see these questions all the time what is better product A or B.  I remember seeing a National Geographic Special about the North Vietnamese War photographers.  All were shooting rangefinder 35mm  cameras.  The images were breath taking.  

One of the top Swim Suit photographers for Sports Illustrated was using a P&S digital camera when no one else would touch digital.

This is what Anzel Adams used
  1. 8 x 10 view camera, 20 holders, 4 lenses -- 1 Cooke Convertible, 1 ten-inch Wide Field Ektar, 1 9-inch Dagor, one 6-3/4-inch Wollensak wide angle. 
  2. 7 x 17 special panorama camera with a Protar 13-1/2-inch lens and five holders.
  3. 4 x 5 view camera, 6 lenses -- 12-inch Collinear, 8-1/2 Apo[chromatic] Lentar, 9-1/4 Apo[chromatic] Tessar, 4-inch Wide Field Ektar, Dallmeyer telephoto.
  4. Hasselblad camera outfit with 38, 60, 80, 135, & 200 millimeter lenses.
  5. Koniflex 35 millimeter camera.
  6. 2 Polaroid cameras.
  7. 3 exposure meters. One SEI, and two Westons -- in case he dropped one.
  8. Filters for each camera. K1, K2, minus blue, G, X1, A, C5 &B, F, 85B, 85C, light balancing, series 81 and 82.
  9. Two tripods: one light, one heavy.
  10. Lens brush, stopwatch, level, thermometer, focusing magnifier, focusing cloth, hyperlight strobe portrait outfit, 200 feet of cable, special storage box for film.
  11. One ancient, eight-passenger limousine with 5 x 9-foot camera platform on top."
  12. Brownie Box #1 (his 1st camera from 1915-16).
  13. Pocket Kodak
  14. Zeiss Milliflex. 
  15. Zeiss compact 35 millimeter
  16. 6-1/2 x 8-1/2 glass plate camera
  17. Contax II (as mentioned originally by user Chrissyvintage) 
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The point is If the camera sings to you use it.  Do you think a Chief is graded on the quality of fair because of the cutlery or pots or skillet  he or she uses?  All the higher end Boxes and Lenses are incredible

The camera is a tool, not the art.
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4 years 7 months ago #451928 by Don Fischer
Quite a number of years ago Ansel Adams photo equipment was sold at auction. Shock Jock Immus from the east coast bid $100,000 on it. I never heard if he got it or not. Caught me off guard that the guy was into photography. 


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