> Re Hasselblad 80mm "improvements" I recently owned a silver barrel Hasselblad 80mm F2.8 lens. I emailed Hasselblad to ask them if the optics were the same as a new black barrel lens. There answer was that it is identical. The silver barreled T coated lens is over thirty years old. So, depending on how you look at it, a brand new, $1800 Hasselblad 80mm lens is either plain old 30 year old technology or one of the finest lenses ever made and Hasselblad is smart enough not to mess with it. Happy New
In a conversation with Zeiss a few months ago, they mentioned to me, that the newest Zeiss/ Hasselblad 80/2.8 lens is a significant improved version of the older (similar) design of the Hassy/Zeiss 80/2.8. I will try to doublecheck this with Zeiss in my next meeting with them in a few weeks...
Yes, I was under the impression that the "significant" improvements were better flare control through improved matte interior; the newer PC contact, and better, longer lasting spring returns. I'm sure the lens coatings have been improved over the years to the state they are now. I believe the optical design remained the same, although modern computerized production may have improved over-all consistency of quality (then again, maybe not, given the quality of Hasselblad lenses over the years).
The 80mm f2.8 that was launched with the original Hasselblad 500C in 1957 was a six element design, which was updated to the current seven element design in the early 1960's, I think it was in 1961 but I might be a year or two out. The optical configuration has remained unchanged ever since, although there's been the coating and non-optical improvements detailed previously.
The current Hassie 150mm f4.0 has an even longer history, it was released right alongside the 500C in 1957 and is unchanged optically to the present day. And the current Hassie 250mm f5.6 goes back still further, its optical configuration dates from the Hasselblad 1000F of 1954 (even though it was then in a completely different barrel and was for a focal plane shutter camera). So here's a lens from the very top performance drawer, that you can buy today, and that will celebrate its 50th birthday this year! The Zeiss 38mm Biogon is also of a similar vintage.
Can you imagine just how outstanding these lenses must have seemed when they were fresh to the market? The only thing that came even close in Medium Format was the Rollieflex optics, the most prestigious of which were also from Zeiss.
By the way, please don't think I'm a complete camera nerd, I just happen to collect photographica from 1957 (the year I was born), so this falls into that area of interest!