roger michel , Nov 27, 2001; 08:48 a.m.
as i mentioned in another recent thread, there is no reason to shell out for hasselblad unless you do all you can to take advantage of the small performance advantage it can provide over some lesser breeds of camera. a blad with a cloudy lens is unlikely to make better pics than a kiev in tip top shape. and as for those who may say that a little cloudiness is unlikely to produce obvious degradation, i respectfully submit that your standards should be a little higher. by going for blad, you are going for the very last drop of performance. don't give it back by tolerating small problems with your gear/technique. my advice, therefore, is to have the lens cleaned (it will cost you less than the differential between what you will get for a cloudy planar 80 and what you will have to pay for a good one). you will also know that your lens is in perfect order. using a blad with a cloudy lens is like driving around in a ferrari fitted with a lawn mower engine. it looks good parked, but the performace will not be ferrari.