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Marc , if you tell me what I should use that lens for , I would go for it .
I am shure , you would not be able to attach it to a wonderfull 8X10" .
There is one TPP set available at a german dealer as well .
I once read , that the glass was just enough for 51 TPP sets , but that there were only 48 produced . I don't know , if this is "true" , but this lens shurely is very very rare and it should not land in a collection , but be used to show its wonderful performance .
So I keep on dreaming of the ease and comfort of a MINOX with the quality of a 8x10" digital sensor .
I also owned this lens for a few years, bought new and more than 20,000 USD and have to agreed that this is, and it must be, the best tele lens ever made. I used to have this for my 205 FCC but now I am using it with my Contax 645 with P45 thru the MAM-1 adapter, or sometimes use on Canon 1Ds MK2 with an adapter.
I thought the original plan was to make 300 and did not know it made only 48, mine is 9300078. I convince myself this to be the last lens I will ever sell. I might be able to bid later to see if I am lucky enough to get a 2nd copy. I must say the bidding in thousands is a very good deal. The TPP in action: http://www.flickr.com/photos/khunk/341083519/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/khunk/341083534/
My dealer has a presentation of the LEAF AFi7 , AFi6 and AFi5 on October 11 in Stuttgart ,
These models are the LEAF versions of the HY6 . I am invited am will shurely follow that invitation . I will report .
Jurgen, please do relate your experiences after that presentation.
I don't talk about it much, but have a superb performing Aptus 75 which is being swapped out for a brand new Aptus 75s for around $2,000. in the next few weeks (Leaf just let me know that it's made port ). Change the mount and it'll go nicely with a Leaf AFi Hy6.
In contrast, the upgrade for my H3D/31 barely dry behind the ears to a H3D/31-II is ... ta da ... $14,400 !!!
Perhaps Hasselblad has lost their collective mind ?
Perhaps Hasselblad has lost their collective mind ?>
I think they have created a marketing strategy that includes inherent desire not to be left behind with obsolete or outdated equipment. Now that the quality is to a point that it is capable of meeting the satisfaction level of many, I question how long the process can continue. There will come a point the the industry is satisfied and then they will concentrate on making money. I think the industry has been though a phase of spending money to keep up with technology. Having stated that I am sure the manufactures have new products scheduled for the future.
Right Q.G. ... to a point ... and for me that point is now.
If this had been a full frame 645 @ 54 meg and all the other stuff they are doing, a case could be made for SOME photographers ... but the same sensor? Please.
I was able to justify the quality leap from 16 meg to 39 meg as a business decision, but not this ... there's no sound financial rationale to pay that price for incremental gains. IMO it's a case of diminishing returns at prices like that.
I may be crazy, but I'm not stupid.
Time to price out that AFi. The big nut is the digital back which I already have. The lenses sound interesting anyway. Well see.
Maybe it's all a lie, and the prices were published by Leaf and Sinar ... LOL.