Benched, and a very regretful garage sale

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In October last year I was in an accident that landed up pulling some ligaments and tearing a couple of discs in my lower back. The doctors say these things are supposed to heal by themselves over time, but a) it could be a long time and b) there’s always the possibility it won’t go back to how it was before. I was also told that prolonged heavy lifting of the photographic sort was most definitely out for the next year at least. I hoped to be stubborn enough to ride it out and go back to normal, but given three months later I’m still on Arcoxia twice a day, things are not looking good. I’m mobile enough to do most of what I usually do, but 20kg gear days are over for me.

It is with great sadness therefore that I have come to the conclusion it no longer makes sense for me to keep the Hasselblad H system since it’s physically impossible for me to shoot with it for more than an hour without serious pain. (Fortunately, I still have a full X system). It’s just too expensive an asset to keep idly depreciating.

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As is usual with these things, my loss is your gain, and what is probably going to be a once in a lifetime chance for the right buyer. The following items are available, and I would much prefer to sell them as a set (or at least the camera body and a few of the lenses first). Multiple items can be bundled and discounted, please (email me). The condition of everything is nearly new, or as new, and fully functional. I have boxes for everything but the H6D-100c (left that in Sweden as there was no space in luggage to bring it back when I collected the camera). I am the first owner. Bonus: all equipment has the benefit of being best-of-sample selected at HQ and lenses were adjusted to match perfectly to the camera with AF being spot on wide open.

Prices are in US Dollars and are reflective of item condition and general market conditions. Payment is via bank wire only above $5,000, or Paypal or bank wire below that. Shipping and insurance to be arranged once we figure out what’s going where; I have corporate rates on both. Please email me to buy, if you have questions or would like additional images of anything.

    1. Hasselblad H6D-100c body with a bunch of expensive extras: focusing screen with 16:9, 2.4:1 and square crop marks (installed); plain focusing screen; 6 original batteries total; additional charger; Markins L bracket; 64GB CFAST card; all cables etc (just no box). This is the same camera that was used in my Thaipusam and Koenigsegg BTS videos. Shutter count is approximately 6,500. Total current value of this is somewhere in the region of $35,000 new.- Sold
    2. Hasselblad HCD 35-90/4-5.6 orange dot – Sold
    3. Hasselblad H Extension tubes 13, 26 – Sold
    4. Hasselblad V-H (CF) adaptor and extra PC sync cable – Sold
    5. Hasselblad HCD 24/4.8 – Sold
    6. Hasselblad HC 100/2.2 – Sold
    7. Hasselblad HC 150/3.2 N orange dot – sold
    8. Hasselblad HTS 1.5x – sold
    9. Hasselblad HC 1.7x TC – sold

Thanks! MT

**Don’t-know-if-you-don’t-try-super-super-long-shot: trade all for an E39 BMW M5, in Malaysia.

Comments

  1. I am so sorry to hear of you accident. So many of the photos you took with the Hasseblad are phenomenal, it is a deep sorrow to learn you won’t be using and more. The photo essay of the Thaipusam festival were absolutely fascinating, amazing, and exhilarating. I hope your healing continues.

  2. Joe Iannazzone says:

    I suffered from disc issues for years. I put up with it until my leg went numb and then had back surgery. It fixed everything for now. That was a big motivator for me to switch from Nikon to a Fuji system. Whatever you do, just avoid system creep.

    • I’m doing a fairly major rationalisation at the moment, so the creep is unlikely – though I know how easy it is (having been guilty of this in the past…)

  3. I hurt my back and had the same reckoning with my gear: https://fstoppers.com/originals/rethinking-photography-gear-after-injury-300817

    I’m four months out and I’ve settled on Micro Four Thirds with an Olympus E-M10 II as my daily driver (I’m sure Robin probably already floated this idea of course). Performance isn’t 6D or D750 levels but it’s one of the lightest cameras with an EVF and the lenses are awesome and light, and as this blog points out, technique is the most important thing. Though I’m still hanging on to my gear in the hopes I can get back into the game fully again. I tried GM1 for a while but getting weird angles without the articulating screen was killer on the back.

    I’m sorry to hear about your injury but keep doing what you do, your work is amazing no matter what’s in your hands.

    • Thanks. I have a full Pen-F kit here, but the weight is not very different from the Z7 – so I’d rather go with the larger sensor (and I think muscle memory is very much Nikon-centric for me).

  4. Ming, my best wishes that your health will return and that you’ll feel better sooner rather than later.

    I too am familiar with debilitating back injuries, know how much of life it negatively impacts, so I sincerely hope for better days for you.

  5. Sorry to hear about your accident, keep a positive outlook and don’t let it get you down. After my back injury, it took me a month to learn to walk again. This was back in 2004 and I know enjoy everything I love to do, backpacking, hiking, fly fishing and traveling around. The travel part I wish i did more but working in the oil field not much time off so I do what I can.

  6. Brian Nicol says:

    Hi Ming, I am so sorry to learn that you are going through this injury. To give you a wee bit of hope, I was injured in 1995 and experienced severe concussion, whiplash, dislocated jaw, other injuries, and worst of all paralysis of my right side and could no longer write or drive manual transmission sports car. I was a high tech executive in engineering and development of optical transport for national networks for internet and telephone. I was told by doctors I would not regain my right arm and so on and to start learning to write with my left hand. I had extensive medical insurance coverage and am a high achievement person so I ignored the medical system advice and researched what treatment was best for me and pursued it and pushed myself to push through pain and improve. I learned that you need to find a sports injury physio specialist and so on. It took me three years to be off opiates for pain and to regain most of my motor control but fine motor control is limited so I quit doing watercolour painting and shifted to photography. More recently I had various other health issues that interfered with photography and creative energy, and then I signed 2 years ago for your critiquing program to jump start my photography but unfortunately I had health issues interfere with completing the program but I got enough invaluable information to practice to got to the next level. Then I was rear ended at high speed by distracted (messaging) driver and experienced acute concussion, severe whiplash, nerve injuries to my right arm and absolutely minimal balance,depression and thoughts of suicide. I am much better now but no one was working on my balance and I fell into river in August and off a 5 foot height in November with new concussion and reversing a lot of progress on whiplash. I am now being treated for balance issues and see big improvement, However, I still can no longer do math so luckily I am no longer an engineer ( almost 65) but I still want to do photography. I have downsized from a full frame system to a M43 system and (there is amazing glass for the size) and in the fall acquired the Hassleblad X1D and some glass.

    Anyway , back to the light at the end of the tunnel….
    I have come a long way and am moving on photography again – I have solved carrying equipment and making photography a lower stress experience on weight and wish I had discovered this when I was young. I have modified a golf cart to mount a back pack that has access to the back and also carry a optional full height Gitzo tripod. Most golf carts fold the wrong way to leave bag mounted. I put on an aluminum “L” frame on it as a prototype and tied backpack to frame and use bungee cords to hold tripod on cart-I am so happy with quick prototype that I cannot be bothered refining it even though I am a perfectionist. It is a joy to travel with in city or off road. I have had countless photographers stop me to ask about it. I then only carry a camera and your camera bag with core stuff and it is not too heavy for my sensitive neck. If you want pictures and info do not hesitate to ask as I wish I did this before my injuries. I can fold it to go into pubs for a creative Guinness break.

    It is critical to pursue weight training with these injuries so find a sports injury specialist and you will find improvement but it is hard work but I know you have the discipline to get there. Most of these professionals do not push you but you need to find someone that will help push you to fight the odds. I wish you all the best and pray for your improvement. You were invaluable to guiding me to the next level and my cognitive skills are improving to the point that I am getting incredible value and creative stimulous from your blog. You have incredible talent and skills do not focus on what you have lost, focus on where you are at and where you are going. Cheers, Brian

    • Ouch – sorry to hear that, Brian. Once is bad enough, twice is really unlucky.

      Golf cart: not a bad idea for going offroad; better than the trolley. Doesn’t help the physical weight that’s still on you when you have to be ready to go (even one body/lens is about 3.5-4kg, two is worse) but definitely helps. Lighter is always better – and perhaps as you say, not a bad thing to turn it into a lower stress thing. On the flip side, my regular clients only care for results, so the challenge is on me to make it work with whatever works for me. As for the physio part – my wife is CEO of a large hospital here, so I can’t complain about the care 🙂

      Thank you very much for your kind words and encouragement!

  7. Wow! I’m so sorry this has happened to you! Praying for your recovery!

  8. Sean Hardie says:

    Sorry to hear about the injury, I’ll refrain from unsolicited medical advice and just wish you the best in your rehabilitation efforts. If it helps, I recent parted with some dear equipment (Zeiss lenses and a Nikon D810) in order to fund my newly acquired Nikon Z7 which despite initial misgivings on the AF I have become very happy with. best Nikon yet!

    • Thanks!

      I do think Nikon did a remarkably good job with the Z7 considering it was their first mirrorless…compare that with the X-Pro 1 or original A7, and I really think it’s quite amazing (and fortunate for them; I doubt they’d survive a dud).

      • Dirk De Paepe says:

        Sorry, Ming, but I don’t think it’s relevant to compare the Z7 with the original A7, because that has been launched years ago. Take it a step further, in cars for instance, and we need to compare a new car brand with the first Mercedes… Ridiculous indeed, but the same procedure. Nikon indeed had the chance to carefully study everything Sony has done in Mirrorless and build on that, of course.

        • Fair comment. That said, Sony also had the benefit of studying their mistakes, and the A7R3 does not have any UI improvements on the first one…

          • Dirk De Paepe says:

            Well, I owned the original A7R and I now use the MK2. I think there’s an important difference between those two, for instance the ability to shoot in darker environments, combined with a considerable higher resolution. There are also some interesting practical improvements, like the silent shutter and the in-body-stabilisation. But I didn’t upgrade to the MK3, because I always shoot manual and find the improvements marginal for my use.
            Apart from that, being retired as a publisher, I only shoot for passion nowadays, which is totally different from what you do – not meaning that you don’t have any passion, of course. 🙂 You need to continue delivering at the highest technical level and need to keep up with evolutions. I have chosen FE-mount years ago, for good reasons (size, weight and EVF being the main ones), and mainly use Zeiss Loxia lenses. They allow me to do everything that I want. So for me it’s simple: I will not change to another system anymore, not even when whatever canikon (temporarily) overclasses Sony. If I can make good work today with what I have, I will still be able to deliver at the same level tomorrow, even when there is a fancier generation cameras in the shops, from whatever brand. When I’ll upgrade my body, it will have to feature really substantial improvements. But I’ll keep my Loxia’s as long as I live…

            • Same – A7R, A7, A7RII, A7II. The Mk1 had quite bad shutter shock; the Mk2 had all sorts of issues with responsiveness, UI and weird mutually exclusive options that didn’t play nice with each other (and a lack of documentation around this, too).

              I have a bigger challenge: I need to find/use hardware that keeps the passion alive…

              • Dirk De Paepe says:

                This sounds weird to me, Ming. I experience this a bit differently, how the MK2 is better than the MK1. I guess it’s a personal matter, still, how I experience this is a fact. I don’t care how anybody else feels about it or talks about it.
                Further, I’d like you to imagine a bunch of good pictures, taken with Sony, Canon and Nikon. They are all printed. You don’t know which camera took what pictures. Can you tell which was taken by which camera?
                Last, I find my passion in thinking about what and how to shoot, and in how this thinking process further evolves in time. I perform at least as much work in shooting as in pp. There’s a lot of passion there as well. But for sure, I don’t need new equipment to find or keep passion. I try to think more at images than at equipment.

                • “I don’t care how anybody else feels about it or talks about it.”
                  This is a very good thing, for both your wallet and your sanity 🙂

                  “Can you tell which was taken by which camera?”
                  No – insofar as there would be no image if the camera was frustrating or inoperable (happened several times to me with every A7-series thing…)

                  “But for sure, I don’t need new equipment to find or keep passion.”
                  I agree with this, though there are some things that are impossible without the right equipment (perspective correction, for example).

                  • Dirk De Paepe says:

                    I agree 3 times. But on #2: I never lost any picture so far, due to the camera. But then, I don’t use my camera’s as intensive as you do. And on #3: I think there’s a lot possible in pp. (I’m not orthodox in this – IMO anything goes, as far as the result is OK.) One could maybe lose some pixels, but when I start with a hi-res sensor, I don’t see a problem. BTW, IMO perspective really only needs to be corrected in pictures that require technical correctness, which in my case is a minority – and then I think it’s pretty easily correctible in pp.

                    • I did, when the A7R2 refused to power on citing some weird battery error, with any battery inserted – all Sony originals and fully charged (and working the day before, too). Then mysteriously it worked again the next day – of course when I was no longer on the job…

                      There are some perspective corrections that cannot be done afterwards: tilted focal planes when shooting watches, for instance…

                    • Dirk: when it comes to defending Sony around here, pardon my language but your pissing up a rope 😉 I find my A7R III to be near perfect with a battery grip installed and the UI discussion is a non starter for me as I use the My Menu feature almost exclusively. My only complaint is that I wish it had a flippy screen like the E-M 1 II. Speaking of Olympus, I predict that we are going to be seeing a lot of the new E-M1 X around here very soon 😉

                    • Nope, I have no use for it, and the size is…challenging.

                    • You may not but doesn’t Robin get a say? 😉

                    • I was also thinking in context of the Sony comment. As for Robin…that depends if he’s contractually obligated to say anything or not 😛

  9. Ming, as many have said, I’m sorry to hear about your injury. The last few years I’ve had some issues with my back, more due to age, I guess, than accident. It’s definitely debilitating and discouraging. My thoughts are with you. I sincerely hope you body heals completely, and hopefully sooner rather than later.

  10. All the best for a complete recovery, Ming! I do hope you get that M5, although I’m not sure going sideways in an M5 is the best thing for your back right now 😂

  11. Fabian Fabrega says:

    I’m very sorry to hear about your injury.
    As awkward as it may sound, the only solution is for you to regularly take classical ballet technique classes. You will start feeling overall better right away, and the more specific pains will start fading out within weeks.
    Besides all existing support –from scientific to spiritual– towards the benefits of ballet training, I can add my own family’s plus-40 years of experience at founding and running health medical organizations. That, and a daily practice of a wide array of sports and yoga.
    A couple of years ago my mother (who is 70), my sister (38) and myself (40) suffered an accident similar to yours, with very pessimistic forecasting from many renowned doctors. Nothing, and I mean NOTHING, helped us feeling better. That was until the day we quit whatever physicians would tell us (mostly to stand still until the day we die) and begun classical ballet training.
    The hardest part for me was overcoming the embarrassment of age, gender and other prejudices that are well alive where I live (Argentina). But it is all illuminating after that.
    P.S. Assuming you are not that familiar with classical technique, the actual dancing barely exists during a class.

  12. mike gannon says:

    hope things work out for you,we are pulling for you

  13. I’m sorry to hear about your back injury. If your doctor or physical therapist have given you some exercises and stretches, please keep doing them. And I hope you do get that Bimmer.

  14. Hi Ming,

    About 7 years ago, in my mid-60’s, my three herniated disks let me know that if I wanted to walk again and not live with almost unbearable pain, I had to get serious about rehabilitation. As my son put it, “Dad, your full time job is now physical therapy” and he was right. After six months of very discipled effort (4-6 hours day), I was not cured, but well on the way to recovery. So I’d urge you to take your rehab very seriously (and as slow as needed) as you are much younger than I was and you have much still to do. At that point, I knew I couldn’t handle the Nikons and Mamiya 67 (and assorted other stuff) I was carrying around any longer; not to mention my physician absolutely forbid me to carry anything. Long search cut shout I ended up with a couple of Olympus EM-5 II’s and a small complement of lenses. Even that pushed me to the edge, but I’m still out there doing what I love, so make the adaptions you need, let go of the past, and keep moving forward. Oh, and I still spend at least an hour a day of stretching/strengthening/yoga exercises as I will have to for the rest of my life. Good luck!

  15. Ouch! Sorry to hear this Ming. I hope you have a speedy recovery! Would be very interested in your light weight setup!

  16. I’m so sorry to hear about your accident and the injuries you have suffered. I think you are wise in resting and knowing your limitations. Recently, I had a serious sinus infection which affected my asthma. Only after I rested (for 3 weeks), did my body start to make a positive turnaround. Hopefully, your time of rest provides your body the strength to heal. Here’s to a year of new discoveries, finding new ways to use your gift of creativity, and of course, complete healing. Prayers, Marites

  17. Weight training is the key Ming. I had eight compression fractures in my spine at the age of 66, 3 years ago, they pretty much wrote me off. I first determine what dietary inadequacies I had and begin a weight training program weight training. Sometimes I would drive to the gym and fall asleep in my car because I didn’t have the energy to go in. But I persisted and now I can stand erect and carry a backpack into the mountains

    The benefits of weight training are twofold, not only will they strengthen the supporting muscles, but the weight training itself will create greater bone density. Doctor’s advice based on what they’ve seen, not on what’s possible

    You’re way too young to sacrifice what’s well within your reach. The long-term implications are far greater then juggling equipment choices. Or is this been all brought about by the Z7? I hope that’s the case.

    • Thanks for the advice; makes sense. That said, even if I make a full recovery I was told it’ll take a good year or more, and to go easy long term because there’s still damage there. Assuming I don’t start using things again for another 12-18 months, that’s a lot of depreciation to rack up (coupled with my shooting less anyway because of my other projects). Simple business decision precipitated by other factors, nothing more. 🙂

      • It’s not your equipment that makes you what you are, anyway. Your work will emerge from whatever you’re left to make do with. And I’m suee the liberation from weight and size will further enhance your growth and distinction in the field. You wouldn’t have the respect and following that you enjoy if it weren’t for you ability to make art from the mundane, and it’s not been as a result of the resolution your gear has been delivering. . .

        • Thank you – I believe work is independent from gear to a large extent, but there are some things where you need certain specific hardware (and there’s no getting away from client biases…)

  18. I am really sorry about your pain and discomfort and the frustrating feelings that come with it, and I hope things get better for you soon. I must say, though, that I was reminded suddenly of Bunnie’s “On Overcoming Pain” article (https://www.bunniestudios.com/blog/?p=5429) and needed to convince myself that there were two separate stories involved here!

    Good luck with the recovery, however!

  19. Good Luck Ming, keep up with the physical therapy and get better than new!

  20. Dirk De Paepe says:

    Some people stay fit until a pretty high age. For most people, physical load becomes harder to bear, when getting older. I’m one of the latter. That’s why size and even more the weight of my equipment has been such an important and inescapable factor the last ten years.
    But that for me – you could be my son, Ming – regarding age, that is. I feel it as pretty unfair that you have to carry this burden at your age. I know how this can dictate its requirements, having to take all restrictions that go with it for granted. I surely hope and keep my fingers crossed that your situation can indeed get a lot better again, so that the technical specs of your equipment may stay the decisive factor rather than the weight specs. Stay positive, Ming.

    • I guess we all think we’re invisible until we aren’t. I’m not a physically large person either, so there’s probably some relative ratios in play here too – 20kg is about a third of my body weight and that has different kinematics and physiological implications than on somebody at 80 or 90kg, I guess. (Sadly this argument never works if your baggage is overweight.)

      It would have been a much bigger compromise not that long ago, but thankfully we passed that sufficiency singularity…

      • Dirk De Paepe says:

        One thing is sure, at the end we are all defeated. Getting older, this pops into my mind more often, making it more real. The thing is to postpone the defeat as long as possible. That’s why I tell younger people (that I like) about my experience. It IS important to live healthy (food, no smoking – I quitted my cigars five years ago – , no drugs, not too much alcohol, keep your body and mind busy…). But an accident can still put one back many years. I had surgery in two hips, two knees and one ankle, due to accidents. And due to a last motorcycle accident a good year ago, I broke my hip again – a tricky spiral fracture where my thigh bone encloses the prosthesis. So I finally and definitely sold my motorbike. Still I need to think about keeping on training my body (bicycling, swimming, walking). Some thinks didn’t recover (can’t walk very long). So please, Ming, you don’t need to pity me, but you absolutely need to take very good care of yourself now, during your recovery period. Give it everything you got and more(!), to make the recovery as successful as possible. Don’t fool yourself with any excuses or with your job. It’s from the utmost importance to give it the necessary time and effort. You don’t wanna take chances here! You don’t want some “handicaps” to linger on. Your job would suffer from that a lot more! It’s largely in your hands. Nobody is invincible, indeed, at any age.
        Wow, what a lecture. But I wrote it only with the best intensions, Ming.
        😉

        • Ouch – I hate to say this, but as tempting as motorcycles are…stories like yours and other riding friends keep reminding me that it’s probably a bad (and painful) idea. I’ll stick to my cigars for now; we all have to have some vices 🙂 Thanks for the advice – I totally agree with taking it easy for now, and actually…having a bit of a breather is not a bad thing for creativity, sometimes.

  21. Ming – between this posting and your candid thoughts shared on the new year’s resolution posting…… all I can say is best wishes for a quick and complete recovery, Here’s hoping for a return to full health and wellness.

  22. Håkan Lindgren says:

    I am sad to hear about your painful health problems. Here’s hoping that you will recover soon!

  23. Hi, Ming. I’m saddened to learn of your injury and which by the sound of it is significant. It couldn’t have been an easy decision to part with your Hassy gear, but 20kg is a heck of a weight to lug around. As with all the other well-wishers here, may I wish you a speedy recovery as possible.

    • Thanks – no, not easy at all. Try as I might to reduce the H setup, you just can’t – unfortunately a certain weight of tripod is also required to get all the potential out of the system, and that’s a good chunk of the 20kg…

  24. Wish you a speedy recovery, Ming! Back injuries are no fun.

  25. I’m very sorry to hear about your accident Ming, and hope you manage to get completely back to normal.
    Good luck.

  26. wow so fast the 1.7x is gone

  27. First, I wish you, (much like others, grateful like myself for a reliable source of knowledgable advice, from a photographer of the first rank whose work is widely respected, on all matters under the “photography Sun”– who could ask for more?) the speediest of recoveries. And I pray that you are back on on your feet and running, with gear of 20 kgs ++ very soon!

    I am an amateur, way down on the learning curve and I greatly envy those with the skills to justify the equipment.

    Unless there are emotional reasons it is perhaps best not to hang on to digital equipment one is not using– it does not retain its value and it may be wise to let it go (The PP digital watches, which do retain value, are as you know an exception to decreasing value of digital equipment, but then as you probably also well know, the Swiss watchmakers are the only ones on this earth with the marketing skills to flog watches that cost a million plus).

    I am not sure whether Hasselblad glass would lose in value though. Perhaps the lenses may well retain value and could be used when you revert back to heavy weight photography!

    (Incidentally, you might consider increasing the trade-in options: many long years back the Porsche salesman had pointed a space in the boot as “ideal for placing camera equipment”!)

    • Thanks – these days, all photographic hardware depreciates – I can’t think of any significant exceptions to this. There is unquestionably an emotional connection for so many reasons, but I’m also enough of a pragmatist and businessperson to recognise reality…

  28. Ugh – that’s a blow. All the best, Ming – and stay patient.

    • Trying to, but you know me…and how frustrating it is!

      • Absolutely I do – that’s why I tell you; if it came naturally, I’d just feel for you and commiserate.

        Honestly, I’m certain you’ll get back to where you want to be eventually, but from experience as well as observation, I’m equally certain that it will take a considerable amount of time; however, not forever. Your active life is far from over – young as you are, you’ll live to tell the tale … Hang in there, noone will think the worse of you for taking care. Besides, you know you can do great work with whatever tools you have at hand. You’ll make it work.

        • I plan to get back in at some point, but I’d also rather not make long term compromises in healing for short term image gains – as you point out, composition doesn’t really change with hardware. I do know that given what happens in electronics in general, by the time I do get back in it’ll be even better and maybe even cheaper…so, no point in keeping the depreciation.

  29. GD Morris says:

    Bummer. I feel your pain.
    This past year the arthritis in my neck became bad enough that I decided to sell my Leica S. A CL is now my speed. Six weeks ago I fell, fractured my right ankle and split apart a tendon. I’ve been told by my orthopedist the tendon may never heal.
    You’re doing the right thing. Make the necessary adjustments sooner rather than later. With adjustments, patience and meds you will find what works for you physically. Hang in there.

  30. Ross Waugh says:

    Ming, my very best wishes for your healing and recovery. Ross

  31. Not in the market for a camera right now, but just to say I hope things improve over time with your physical situation. I’m not usually into the whole “a problem is an opportunity in disguise “ cliche, but maybe somewhere down the line you will find comparable image quality in a more portable format…

  32. yes , I suffer from neck pain .permanent injury weight is a big problem making me change things too.🙁.hope you don’t suffer too long.

  33. Oh man! You and Lloyd Chambers had recent accidents. First person came to my mind when I saw this sale was Kevin Then. I am sure someone will buy them and put it in good use. Good luck! May you have a smooth fast recovery!

  34. 1. If I had the cash, I’d get the lot!
    2. I hope the healing process continues for you; I know the feeling.

    All the best.

  35. I wish you a speedy recovery and the strength to carry many a Hasselblad!

    • Thanks, but three months and it ain’t any better 😦

      • Hi Ming!
        Be patient and keep moving. On my end it took many months, till it got better. It is better now, even though it is still here. One learns to live with it and I do not mean that as a defeat. We cannot expect that doctors make us younger 🙂 I was scared then when it happened with fingers and arm becoming numb and doctors scared me even more saying surgery helps, but “it” may come again. So I remembered my younger days with Judo and took up Tai Chi and Chi Gong. In the end no surgery was needed and I am mobile again. Going to sleep requires a method – starting on one side, then turning, etc. Never mind. Walking the dog, muscle trainig and hiking with a rucksack are necessary/do good. Of course, being an amateur I have no customers and tight time plans any more, but still; be patient and believe in yourself.
        Regarding Z7: I was surprised, how handy it is. It is not only that it is smaller than D850, it has some other quality which centimeters or grams cannot describe. I even started to take it with me instead of my V3s, which I carried always, even without plans to take “serious” photographs (e.g. walking the dog or shopping with my wife 😉 )
        Your Hassy-Combo is very tempting, my dream of dreams. So should you go to Switzerland any time soon (watches?), take it with you and give me a ping before.
        Keep up your doings and make plans!
        Best wishes Robert

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