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The Camera That Went To The Moon #2677586
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If you enjoy photography like I do (anyone out there?), interesting article:

https://www.npr.org/2019/07/13/735314929/the-camera-that-went-to-the-moon-and-changed-how-we-see-it

Re: The Camera That Went To The Moon [Re: FM3AAR] #2677618
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Interesting, thanks!
Hasselblads were a big deal with my pro-photographer friends years ago, maybe still are. The bigger the neg, the cleaner the image.
I'm still fascinated by the moon landings and how they pulled all of that off.
There was a mini-documentary on CBS Sunday Morning about the space suits and the ladies that hand-made them.
Also a bit on Walter Cronkite's coverage.
That whole deal still moves me 50 years on: the sheer balls, the unity, the against-all-odds accomplishment...

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Very cool.

I didn't know they left the cameras behind, but it makes sense to leave as much weight as they could.


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Re: The Camera That Went To The Moon [Re: topside] #2677674
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Originally Posted by topside
Interesting, thanks!
Hasselblads were a big deal with my pro-photographer friends years ago, maybe still are. The bigger the neg, the cleaner the image.
I'm still fascinated by the moon landings and how they pulled all of that off.
There was a mini-documentary on CBS Sunday Morning about the space suits and the ladies that hand-made them.
Also a bit on Walter Cronkite's coverage.
That whole deal still moves me 50 years on: the sheer balls, the unity, the against-all-odds accomplishment...



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Re: The Camera That Went To The Moon [Re: topside] #2677691
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Originally Posted by topside
Interesting, thanks!
Hasselblads were a big deal with my pro-photographer friends years ago, maybe still are. The bigger the neg, the cleaner the image.
I'm still fascinated by the moon landings and how they pulled all of that off.
There was a mini-documentary on CBS Sunday Morning about the space suits and the ladies that hand-made them.
Also a bit on Walter Cronkite's coverage.
That whole deal still moves me 50 years on: the sheer balls, the unity, the against-all-odds accomplishment...


The thing that make 'blads so great (aside from the beautiful craftsmanship) is the Carl Zeiss optics. In the days of film, Zeiss and Leica lenses were what the others aspired to be (and they were prices accordingly).

When I worked at a camera shop, we were a Leica and Hasselblad dealer. I remember one doctor coming in and buying 25,000.00 bucks worth of Leica rangefinder lenses (that was four lenses).

Now, optics have gotten so good that the guys that were the cheapo aftermarket lens brands (Sigma, Tamron, etc.) now make optics comparable to Nikon, Pentax, and Canon.

One thing to note is that the Ansco Camera that John Glenn took into orbit was not a run of the mill cheapo Ansco. It was specially modified by Ansco for use by Glenn.


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Re: The Camera That Went To The Moon [Re: Orange_Crush] #2677725
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Very cool! up

My dad made the camera cases for the moon rovers (seen in these pictures). Wonder if the moon rover cases held these cameras or if the moon rovers had their own cameras??? shruggy


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Re: The Camera That Went To The Moon [Re: topside] #2677730
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Originally Posted by topside
Interesting, thanks!
Hasselblads were a big deal with my pro-photographer friends years ago, maybe still are. The bigger the neg, the cleaner the image.
I'm still fascinated by the moon landings and how they pulled all of that off.
There was a mini-documentary on CBS Sunday Morning about the space suits and the ladies that hand-made them.
Also a bit on Walter Cronkite's coverage.
That whole deal still moves me 50 years on: the sheer balls, the unity, the against-all-odds accomplishment...


There's a great series that was on Discovery some years ago, made it's way onto You Tube, called Moon Machines. Traces the design evolution of the Saturn 5, the Lem, Space Suits, Capsule, the Lunar Rover and the navigation and guidance systems. Well worth the time to watch these...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o39UlJlMce8

Re: The Camera That Went To The Moon [Re: markz528] #2677731
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Agreed on the lenses, that's of course a HUGE factor !

Funny story: about 25 years ago, a friend worked at one of the high-end Hollywood camera (still and motion) rental agencies.
They had a REALLY expensive telephoto lens that someone had damaged and was thereafter un-rentable, and kept behind the front counter.
From time to time - to freak out the "right" customer - they'd roll it off the edge of the counter onto the floor, which would just about result in a heart attack...


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