22 okt 2007 kl. 21.09 skrev BOB KISS:
Hasselblad Users' Group just circulated an e-mail of a press
release from the CEO of Hasselblad.
another perspective (and, perhaps a reality check) please read
Sent: Wednesday, June 29, 2005 5:22 AM
Claes Milton has informed me about your enquiry, and it is quite
that it causes a great deal of frustration to you that we cannot supply
flash sync. spare part any more.
It is of great value to Hasselblad that you have been a devoted
for many years, and I am sorry that you feel we are letting you down.
Even a company like Hasselblad must discontinue deliveríes of spare
some point, and you are right that we could have chosen to ensure
by engaging an external company. There are several reasons why we have
and our policy has been to deliver spares for 20 years after
Due to the dramatic changes in the business environment and the pace of
technological development, the so-called product life cycle is getting
shorter and shorter. For our digital product we have to deliver spares
years after discontinuation (legislation), but the products are
within those 5 years because of the pace of development.
This is the way the market development takes us - like it or not.
The bottomline is, that we are not able to help you out on this spare
We cannot keep you from speaking badly about us if you choose to, but I
have recently ordered and received parts for my 25-year-old Seal
dry mount press and my three Gray Lab timers one more than 30 years
Both companies have either changed owners or merged with larger
(another sign of the times). BOTH
have established subsidiary companies or
made arrangement with independent companies who access and sell parts
their older equipment. The
Graylabs cost less than $100 when I bought them.
The Seal press cost around $1,000 originally and the latest version of the
same model costs around $1,700.
They are both companies, like Hasselblad,
that built equipment to last for the hard working professional. They
understand that good will, positive public relations, AND FUTURE SALES
depend on them maintaining the reputation of standing behind their
equipment. If companies
that sell equipment at a small fraction of the cost
of even a Hasselblad lens can manage to arrange an outside supplier for
spare parts why can't Hasselblad?
don't want to believe that the company that I have promoted for
all these years will, indeed, let me down. You have stated, "There are
several reasons why we have not, and our policy has been to deliver
for 20 years after discontinuing a product" but you have not told
I was quite put off by the dismissive tone of Claes' e-mail but I am a
reasonable man and will listen to reason. Try explaining your reasons to
I, like the rest of the world, intend to go digital. I
intend to purchase a digital back for my Hasselblads and connect it to
Imac with a fire wire. Your
statement about the life of the new Hasselblad
digital equipment has made it clear to me that it will be MUCH
wiser to find a spare parts supplier for my older 'Blad equipment (even
it means buying extra equipment for parts) and update the digital backs
to purchase new digital Hasselblad equipment which will have, by your
statement, "For our digital product we have to deliver spares for
after discontinuation (legislation), but the products are obsolete
those 5 years because of the pace of development." It appears that rapid
obsolescence is a double-edged sword...yes?
I prefer to end on a positive note, I have a suggestion. Why
doesn't Hasselblad at least try to find some small companies, repair
or parts suppliers to whom you can refer those of us who continue to
your older equipment? Make
a small list that can be posted to your web site
or e-mailed to us Jurassic era photographers. This would take very little
time and maintain the integrity that Victor Hasselblad's writings and
Wildi's professionalism have lead the world of professional
expect from Hasselblad since I bought my first one in 1970.
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