Lomopedia: Hasselblad 500 C/M


From its lens to the body, up to every accessory, the Hasselblad 500 C/M is a thing of beauty. It is one of those cameras that can certainly be found in any camera geek's wishlist.

Hasselblad 500 C/M © Eric Bryan via Wikimedia Commons, Image used under Creative Commons license

The first 500 C camera from Hasselblad was introduced in 1957 and it replaced the earlier original focus plane shutter camera models. The 500 C/M was the predecessor to the 500 C and carried the camera company's renowned modular camera system -- users can pick different parts for their camera as long as the parts were compatible. This meant absolute versatility and a proper customized experience for any type of photographer, may it be intermediate shooters, hobbyists, or professionals.

This customize-able characteristic of the 500 C/M made it a sought-after camera in the market. Up until today, you can still see and buy lenses, bodies, and accessories for the Hasselblad 500 C/M. Users can opt for different backs that shoot different sizes of film - A12 for 6 × 6cm on 120 film, A12 for 6x4.5cm on 120 film, A24 6 × 6 cm on 22 film, Polaroid backs for type 100 film, and even digital backs for a more modern approach. This modular system also covers viewfinders, extension tubes, and many accessory types.

Hasselblad 500 C/M © Coleccionado Cameras via Flickr, Image used under Creative Commons license

Build quality on the Hasselblad 500 C/M is just stunning. No expense was spared in making this camera a standout in quality, looks, and performance. It truly lives up to the brand name by offering top-notch build quality. The 500 C/M is a fine camera and the photos can attest to that. This is thanks to the legendary Carl Zeiss Planar lens (one of many Zeiss lenses that is compatible with the camera.) Not only did the camera look good, it can also take stunningly sharp photographs that are brimming with detail and vibrancy.

All in all, the Hasselblad 500 C/M is a high-performing classic camera. It may be on the more expensive side but rest assured that the price is worth it. The 500 C/M can and will impress photographers for many more years to come.

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Technical Specifications

Lens: Distagon 50 mm f/4 7 elements in 7 groups, Planar 80 mm f/2.8 7 elements in 5 groups, Sonnar 150 mm f/4 5 elements in 3 groups
Focusing System: Early models - Hasselblad screen, Later models - Minolta Acute-Matte focusing screen
Closest Focus Distance: 48 cm - infinity for Distagon, 0.9m - infinity for Planar, 1.4m - infinity for Sonnar
Lens Mount: Hasselblad Bayonet Mount
Filter Mount: 67 mm, Bayonet Mount 50, Bayonet Mount 50
Shutter: Synchro Compur shutters in lenses (1 sec. - 1/500 sec.)
Flash Sync: X and M-sync on lens body, selectable
Film Type: 120, 220, type 100 films
Winding Mechanism: manual crank only
Dimensions: 73W × 94H mm
Weight: 780g with Distagon, 465g with Planar
Body construction: aluminum alloy

All information used in this article was sourced from PhotoEthnography, Butkus, Film Shooters Collective, and DJC Photo.

written by cheeo on 2017-05-11 #gear #medium-format #120 #hasselblad #lomopedia #500-c-m

One Comment

  1. mmxi
    mmxi ·

    I like this camera, wish I could at least hold it and maybe shoot one roll.

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