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Hasselblad CF f/5.6 140-280mm Medium Format

4.5/5 (4 Reviews)


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by infrared a Casual

Date Reviewed: August 17, 2004

Strengths:    Will deliver truly professional results with a Tiffen Enhancing filter and polarizer.

Weaknesses:    Limited zoom range. 2X (from 125 to 250)doesn't give you the same capababilities as a typical 35mm zoom.

Bottom Line:   
I just got the Bronica ETR lens second-hand and it's... SLOW (f5.6 is not what I am used to). Also, the color rendition wasn't what I was hoping for. A tiffen enhancing filter will bring the color balance up to professional levels but it's an extra $140 or so and I will lose another 2/3 stop in speed.

The lens does look impressive and appears extremely sharp. Well made. Bottom line: a great toy but primes are more versatile in terms of handling and speed.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $249.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Bronica MC 40, 75 and 150 lenses. 2X converter.

Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by drleung a Casual from Bethesda,Maryland

Date Reviewed: May 24, 2002

Strengths:    Superlative, ultra-premium, grand, world-class, second-to-none... (I've run out of adjectives)!

Weaknesses:    Too big to be hand-held comfortably and meaningfully. Must be tripod-mounted to fully exploit its vast potential and capability.

Bottom Line:   
Mine is the same Schneider Variogon zoom (125-250mm/5.6) w/ Bronica-E mount. Having passed several rolls of Fuji Provia 400F through this Deutsche wonder-lens, I have the initial impression that I've finally found THE IDEAL lens to complement my 50mm wide-angle and make my MF combo cook!
For starters, the chromes I got back from shooting with this zoom showed none of those sick signs or symptoms from typical zoom lenses. In fact, the images were 100% indistinguishable from those taken with my friends' best Contax 645 or Zeiss fixed-focal length lenses, even under a 25X microscope! This is indeed no easy feat for a versatile zoom that encompasses 125mm to 250mm (or 140mm to 280mm for the Hassy or Rollei version). This ultra-high performance glass empowers the photographer with that unmistakable "Zeiss or Leitz 3-D look" (sorry for my ranting here!), eye-popping yet natural color rendition, pinpoint resolution at infinity AND in macro mode, very high flare-resistance, Swiss-watch like mechanical precision and reliability, and long/bulky enough to be converted into a make-shift weapon (if you don't mind parting with a rare and costly item). In summary, this lens is superlative in every aspect of MF optics. If you could find one at the price I paid for mine, you should not have a second thought!

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $750.00

Purchased At:   EBay

Similar Products Used:   Bronica PE 100-220mm (made by Tamron), which is a great lens also. I sold it to finance the Schneider Variogon and never looked back.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Syed Noor Hossain a Expert from Bangladesh

Date Reviewed: December 25, 2000

Strengths:    The lens is sharp and has a very good zoom range which I found useful for portraits and landscape photography.One of its strengths is close focus, including the one in macro mode. With extension tube you can get great magnification for close up photos from a distance (the macro mode uses around 180mm focal length).Even with 2X tele-converter I got good results with this lens. I used this lens for my photography book on two lakes in Stockholm.The book, A Tale of Two Lakes, was published in August 2000. The Variogon eliminates the need for three separate lenses in that range.I owned this lens twice. Once I sold it and bought it again. Currently I own it.

Weaknesses:    The lens is heavy and makes it difficult for hand-held photography.It is expensive too, but is availalble relatively cheap in used market.

Bottom Line:   
If you do not mind about the weight and size of this lens (or the cost), this is an excellent choice for both portrait and landscape photography and a good alternative to carrying three/four lenses in the 120mm, 150mm, 180mm and 250mm range.The Variogon has f/5.6 throughout the zoom range, which is excellent. The close focus is extremely useful. I was impressed by the sharpness and color rendition of my close range shots. While talking about the weight, one has to keep in mind that a zoom lens is always heavier than prime lenses without exception. Currently I own Nikon AIS 50-300mm/4.5 ED lens which is of the same size and weight as the Schneider zoom.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $6900.00

Purchased At:   Stockholm

Similar Products Used:   Hasselblad CF120/f Makro Planar,C150/4 and C250/5.6;Nikon AF80-200/2.8ED and AIS50-300/4.5ED; Pentax autofocus F300mm EDIF/4.5.

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Eric Dean a Professional from Orlando , Florida USA

Date Reviewed: June 3, 2000

Strengths:    Sweet lens for Fashion and Portraits. Very sharp! Nice focal length. Great to have three or more lenses in one.

Weaknesses:    One major weakness of this lens is the size. At 13" long this lens is a monster. And of course the price,$6,900.

Bottom Line:   
This lens is a great addition for a busy portrait/ fashion photographer.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   150mm, 250mm, 350mm.

Type of photography:   Other



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