Hasselblad 503CW: Carrying on.......

I wrote some time ago about the future of film-based photography for me and where I am going with my landscape, stock, personal and fine art work.  Having examined every angle, both from commercial and personal work viewpoints, the conclusion I have reached is that I will continue to use both.  Commercially, digital really is the only viable option, but it is going to mean a significant investment in a medium format digital back

Earlier this year, I replaced my previous Nikon D3s's with D4's and those cameras a perfect for my  social, wedding and commercial work.  I briefly got excited over the D800E with it's 36mp full frame sensor, but subsequently dismissed it as being too much of a compromise:  good though it is, it is not ideal for my social and commercial work and not in the same ballpark on image quality as medium format digital.

 The cheapest(!) and most obvious route is to add a digital back to my existing Hasselblad 503CW and Zeiss lenses with the bonus of being able to use the back on other systems such as large format.  That will give me the image quality and file sizes I need through a camera system I have complete faith in and, frankly, one which I would find very difficult if not impossible to part with.

Since I came to this conclusion, I've had a resurgence of interest in using silver halide black and white film and have rediscovered the fun of film-based photography for it's own sake once again.  I have to confess that wild horses would not drag me back into a darkroom.  I endured the heat, smell, chemical contamination and claustrophobic environment for too many years, so the scanner will continue to earn it's keep!

Yesterday was a day for indulging myself in the Peak District with a Fuji GSW690111 camera and few rolls of FP4+.

I know it's the right decision for me.




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