Hasselblad CFE f/2.8 80mm Medium Format

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CFE f/2.8 80mm

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SPG   Intermediate [Mar 09, 2004]
Strength:

Quality, compact, quality, fast, quality, image purity, quality, features and quality.

Weakness:

None.

This lens came bundled with 2 year old 501CM as a fantastic value for money package saving me 65% of the new cost. Hasselblad and Zeiss' latest version of the standard lend providing a 35mm equivalent field of view of 44mm - a perfectly natural perspective. Of course (what else could you expect) it is crystal clear, pin sharp, colour perfect and distortion free - a joy to look through using the Blad's bright 3D focus screen (albeit in reverse) in the waist level view finder. As a CFE lens (and like its CFi brother) this has worthwhile upgrades over the CF version before it - a locking PC connector; user friendly DOF preview switch and bus connectors for the 200 series focal plane camera bodies. In the field it is very compact and light. It is easy to focus and just beautiful to use. Plus it is quite fast at f2.8. Image quality seems to be perfect at all f stops. And as you'd expect the shutter sound is superb! In fact one could get by with this lens alone if necessary. The construction is a joy to behold. The lens markings of EV, distance, shutter speed and f stops are clear and logical. The focus ring is like a magnificently machined/oiled precision instrument. EV locking of shutter speed and f stop is intuitive and great to use. It lives up to the Hasseldlad and Zeiss names/reputations.

Customer Service

None needed.

Similar Products Used: in medium format - Zeiss 180mm and Zeiss 50mm FLE lenses.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
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Karl Winkler   Expert [Feb 10, 2003]
Strength:

Image quality, construction, long-term value

Weakness:

Not cheap

The combination of Hasselblad's precision bodies (I have the 503cw) and the German-made Zeiss glass is the ultimate in confidence and image quality. No other system I've used comes close. The even illumination of the optics, incredible color accuracy, perfect contrast and pin-sharp detail are something to experience. Shoot onto the new transparency films or some of the good ol' black & while emulsions like Verichrome Pan with this lens and you'll see what I mean. I recently added a Hasselblad section to my web site; if interested, visit http://pages.cthome.net/karlwinkler

Customer Service

Not needed so far (hopefully won't ever have to)

Similar Products Used: Contax G1 system, Olympus SLR
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
William Sorok   Expert [Jun 20, 2000]
Model Reviewed: CFE f/2.8 80mm
Strength:

Unparalleled quality, extra care taken in construction.

Weakness:

None

This is the lens almost everybody buys when they purchase a Hasselblad. I have never felt the need to buy any others. Maybe somewhat due to the high cost of the lenses? If your interested, I have some images posted on a website that I took while in Newfoundland Canada. All these images were taken with this lens with a lens shade. This is the site www.clubhasselblad.ballarat.net.au When you get their go to the galleries. Keep in mind, that all the weather was overcast most of the time, so don't expect any beautiful blue skies!

Customer Service

Haven't needed any.

Similar Products Used: Nikkor 50 1.4, Canon 85-300, Canon 24 2.8.
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
Bart Blewanus   Expert [Dec 27, 2000]
Strength:

Super quality, great overall usage (nothing beats the standart)

Weakness:

supre quality comes with super price tag, allso the usual H'blad problems (shutter has to be checked before connecting-but that becomes second nature, and somwhat slow in use)

the best lens i'll ever use, but comes at a price
no Blad should be without it, if you're willing to invest that is.

Similar Products Used: Kiev88
bronica645
nikon
canon
hexar
several fieldcameras
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Ryan Kercher   Professional [Aug 21, 2001]
Strength:

can use for both systems.
nice and bright at 2.8

Weakness:

can't lock the aperture and shutter rings together like the old "c" lenses without putting continuous pressure on the interlock button.

This is a great standard lens, no doubt. solid, reliable.. razor sharp and crystal clear. Just like you expect! compatability with both leaf shutter and focal plane shutter systems!!

Customer Service

would have been nice if they had told me this lens wasn't eligible for the free film back promotion before I bought it to go along with my new 203fe!!!!!!

Similar Products Used: c lenses in 80mm, 120mm, and 250mm
this is my first cfe lens
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
Joe Donnelly   Casual [Aug 23, 1999]
Model Reviewed: CFE f/2.8 80mm
Strength:

Perfect multipurpose lens.

Weakness:

None

Perfect entry level lens if you had to pick just one.

Customer Service

None needed

Similar Products Used: None
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
3
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