There can be circumstances that you want to get even more picture quality then even the best 35mm format lenses can give to you on that little piece of film. The limiting factor is more the film size than the lenses. After some missed tries (Seagull 6x6 TLR, Dacora Digna, Iloca Reporter Folding cameras) I wanted to finally solve the following question for me.
Is it worth for me to use a medium format (6x6cm) camera?
The only answer I found after all the previous disadvantages. Try a Hasselblad. If the Hasselblad Carl Zeiss lenses wouldn't give the desired picture quality what else should?
So my next attempt towards better picture quality was a Hasselblad 500C/M with its highly praised Carl Zeiss Oberkochen glass.
My Hasselblad 500C/M with Magazine 12, Planar 2.8 80mm and folding focusing hood
And yes, from the first film roll on I got what I not even had imagined. The four lenses (Distagon 1:4 50mm, Planar 1:2.8 80mm, Planar 1:3.5 100mm and Sonnar 1:4 150mm) I use, perform even better than expected. Till now I never had a camera that could produce pictures really comparable to the Hasselblad Carl Zeiss glass.
I immediately understood why so many pro's use the Hasselblad Carl Zeiss glass...
When there is dream weather out there and I go for a photo walk (most often with my dog) then my decission is clear. The Hasselblad is with us!
I for now use the following Hasselblad equipment:
Hasselblad Carl Zeiss C Planar 1:2.8 f=80mm
Hasselblad Carl Zeiss Distagon 1:4 f=50mm
Hasselblad Carl Zeiss Proxar f=0.5m
This fully mechanical (it doesn't even have a battery) camera was built in the year 1974. The 1974 Planar 2.8 80mm lens has the fine T* coatings (as my dealer stated) although it is not marked with it what a direct comparison with a CF Planar 2.8 80mm T* convinced me (yes they are optical identical).
For light metering I use my Gossen as I did all the years before with my Minolta system.
The Hasselblad system in my opinion has the following advantages:
All in all a really professional tool, I have learned to love!
I know for sports shooting I use and will further use my digital cameras.
For quick shooting tasks where I don't need superb picture quality I'd stay with my 35mm Minolta's.
My Hasselblad 500C/M with Carl Zeiss
Planar 1:2.8 80mm in my hand.