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Thursday 13 November 2014

The Hasselblad Project - Part 4.

I only needed to purchase a view finder to complete my Hasselblad, but I ended up buying yet another camera body and A-12 film back because the price was so good.

The 500 C pictured was the precursor model to the 500 CM, however the only difference I can see is that the glass viewing screen is not easily removed on the 500 C.  The camera also included a film advance crank and a waist level finder - the only piece I really needed!

The body is in excellent cosmetic condition with no issues with the auxiliary shutter closing fully when the shutter is fired.  The serial numbers on A-12 housing and insert are not matching, but it is not a big deal as I will probably just keep this one as a back up.

Well, that's it for the Hasselblad Project.  Now all I need to do is find some time to go out and test the camera.

- harajuku32

Thursday 6 November 2014

The Hasselblad Project - Part 3.

There was no question that I was going to buy an 80 mm lens for the Hasselblad, as this focal length is considered to be a standard for medium format.  I managed to get hold of the Carl Zeiss Planar 80 mm f2.8 T*.  The lens is in absolutely mint condition, and doesn't look like it has ever been used.  It also came with both the front and rear lens cap.

All I need now to complete the camera is view finder.

- harajuku32

Monday 3 November 2014

The Hasselblad Project - Part 2.

After purchasing a Hasselblad 500 C/M body and A-12 film back, I have been looking around for the rest of the parts I need to build a complete camera.  During my search I happened upon another 500 C/M body, and I decided to buy it because it was being offered at such a great price.

The body is just that, with no film advance crank and no glass viewing screen.  Like the first 500 C/M body I purchased, the owner advised me that the rear curtain shutter did not fully close after the shutter button had been pressed.  In this case the owner appears to be correct, and I have fired the shutter many times and every time the curtain shutter remains open approximately 5 mm.

Although this is obviously a problem, the curtain shutter does snap shut immediately when you begin to turn the film advance mechanism (which can still be wound without a proper crank fitted).  I'm sure it can be repaired, so it will make a good back up for the first 500 C/M body I purchased. This one was also in great cosmetic condition, with the included dust easily removed.

- harajuku32