Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Hasselblad 500C/M

Hasselblad 500 C/M

Hasselblad 500C/M

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In 1957 Hasselblad broke the standards of the SLR medium format cameras by launching a camera without focal plane shutter, the 500C used a Compur central leaf shutter, installed in every lens, allowing full aperture viewing and automatic diaphragm.
This solution was already proved as successful in the Zeiss Ikon Contaflex cameras, although on the Contaflex range the shutter is permanently mounted on the camera and only the front cell of the lens is interchangeable.

In 1976 Hasselblad launched the 500C/M, the main difference to the C is the capability of changing the finder glass without the need of any tools.
By the way 500 stands for 1/500, the top shutter speed, C for classic and M for modified.

'The Hasselblad 500C/M is a medium format single-lens reflex camera featuring lens, magazine, viewfinder, and focusing screen interchangeability.
The extensive Hasselblad system of accessories provides unlimited photographic scope. It is a system capable of tacking your photography to inner, or outer space, and almost anywhere in between.' sic from it's manual.

Hasselblad never let go the opportunity of remember us that it was one of their cameras the first to travel into space and to the moon.

Hasselblad 500 C/M

Due to the extreme interchangeability of it's parts they often call it a system.

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I even can use the TTL prism finder, from my Salyut-S camera.
Now I'm very glad I haven't covered it in red, like I did with the camera.

Hasselblad 500 C/M

This is the way that I rather like to use it, with the waist level finder.
It's very nice to handle, great for low perspectives and the big bright finder is priceless.

The lens is a Carl Zeiss Planar 2.8/80.

The shutter is extremely precise and flash synchronized at every speed, 1-1/500 and B.
When you have a light reading you can block the shutter and aperture ring, by only pressing a button on the shutter ring,  and choose whatever combination suits you best, almost like a P mode.

This one was built in 1983 and it had been very used but not abused, so it's in great shape, as you can see by the following results:

Old stairs after the rain

Across the River and Into the Trees

More on this flickr set.

Stay tuned (o;