i never thought i'd actually be able to own a hasselblad -- the swedish medium format camera widely thought to be the ultimate medium format by most professionals -- but recently two stars converged which involved the bottom dropping out of the film camera market faster than water rushing into the gutted forward compartments of the titanic, and secondly it became tax deductible for me. so i picked one up for $600 and gleefully deducted it. after i got it, i was astounded at the number of seemingly stupidly simple things that it didnt' have -- all of which were included on my yashicamat 124g which cost me $100 ... these included a light meter, a winding crank, normal camera strap lugs, and an easy way to focus it. lately i've been accessorizing my hasselblad to make it work as well as my yashicamat. i got a strap (propriatary) to prevent droppingonthegroundness, i got a new finder (the waist level broke, so i got a 45' angle one), a winding crank, and a focusing tab that attaches to the lens. each of these cost me about $50, even the focusing tab. this has served to make my expensive camera twice as expensive and twice as heavy as it used to be.
why don't i just use the yashicamat that has all this plus a built in light meter?
BECAUSE I CAN HAS HASSELBLAD!
there's something beautiful about the square format. and there's something beautiful about that shallow depth of field wide open. and there's something beautiful about looking through that finder ... and there's something beautiful about trillian.