My New Year’s resolution not to buy any new cameras or lenses this year is in serious jeopardy. Longtime friend of Photography Life Mark Fagan alerted me to this MEGADEAL. Yes – Hasselblad has sliced prices 70% on selected models, er I mean model. For those of you new to photography, Hasselblad is one of the most revered names in photography. Put it this way, people who can’t afford Hassies buy Leicas to impress their friends.
C’mon Verm, you say, Cartier-Bresson, godfather of street photography, shot with a Leica. Yep, those blurry shots of Frenchmen leaping puddles is why NASA chose to send Hasselblad, not Leica, to the moon with Neal Armstrong and crew. (If you’re a moon-landing denier, the evidence is even clearer – nobody would have ever believed it occurred had it been shot on anything less than a Hasselblad.)
Leica shot – note fuzzy look and poor color rendition.
Shot with a Hasselblad! USA! USA! USA! Sweden!?!?!
So now that I’ve convinced you that owning the Hasselblad Stellar will automatically inject perfect composition, exposure and mas emotion into you photos, what else do you get with this deal?
Pundits will say this is just an overpriced Sony point and shoot adorned with a Hasselblad nameplate, but they are oh so wrong. No Sony has ever featured vegetable-tanned Italian leather wrist and neck straps. When I visit Mistress Amidol down at the B&D, er. I meant to say B&W, “darkroom” I have to pay a ton extra for those Italian straps.
Granted, the Sony RX100 underneath the inlaid Hasselblad emblem is a capable camera. But whereas, and I quote the Hasselblad sales pitch, the Stellar is “a camera to match those autumn afternoons strolling the Champs-Élysées or a late summer’s final respite to the beaches of Dubai”, I wouldn’t feel comfortable taking the Sony much further than Hollywood Boulevard to see Kim Kardashian’s star followed by a trip to Muscle Beach.
But wait, there’s more! It has a champagne-colored aluminum body with a carbon grip with black accents. This sounds so much better than the beer stains on my D7000 with the charcoal-colored grip from dropping in in that campfire.
If you buy now you also get “a custom wood display box that would not seem out of place at the Metropolitan Museum, let alone as the prized item in your home collection.” Which metropolitan museum they don’t say – I’m guessing Bakersfield?
And that’s not all. It comes with a “a faux velvet cover to protect the wooden box’s finish.” Thank god it’s not real velvet – it’s a bitch to dry clean the drool off that – the faux stuff you just pop in the washer and you’re good to go.
If you’ve been holding off buying a Hasselblad because they’re so awkward to shoot in portrait orientation – they fixed that on the Stellar.
Bottom line is, I’d leave my wife for this camera. You should order it now. What’s that? I don’t have a wife? Hmmm, might have something to do with that D4s…