The Hasselblad brand has become the Rolls Royce in cameras. Often thought to be German, Hasselblad is in fact Swedish. The classic Hasselblad camera is the 500C, introduced in 1957. It is a medium format single-lens reflex camera, using German-made Carl Zeiss lenses with built-in leaf shutters. The 500 series has long been renowned for its superb optics, sturdiness, reliability, and compact size, and a modified 500EL/70 model was used by the astronauts who took part in the Apollo moon landings.
The Hasselblad 500C was one of the first system cameras. Its primary components - lens, prism/viewfinder, cranking knob, and film back - were interchangeable for flexibility. The square 6×6 (56mm x 56mm) format made the most of the lens image circle on the film and allowed more efficient cropping in the darkroom. Using a standard film back, 12 shots could be taken on a standard 120 roll of film, or 16 shots by fitting a 6×4.5 format back.
With the 500 series Hasselblad also demonstrated that a camera can be beautiful. No other design of camera, including later Hasselblads, has achieved such a classic look with its exquisitely composed straights and curves and the elegant counterbalance of dark textured surfaces with bright shining edges.
The new Hasselblad camera has gained a reputation over the years for its robustness, mechanical accuracy and for having a wide range of high-quality lenses, making it the medium-format camera of choice for generations of professional photographers. Victor Hasselblad AB reinforced this reputation by making the most of the fact that their camera had been chosen by NASA for use in space, although not without modifications.
This model contains a high level of accuracy to that of the original Hasselblad 500C Medium Format camera. This camera kit contains the following:
-80mm Planar V-mount F/2.8 lens
-Rapid Wind crank
-Finder w/ magnifier
Special features of this model include:
-Highly accurate aspheric lens groups and elements
-Actually FUNCTIONS when looking down into the finder/ground glass! (given the right rendering software)
-magazine frame counter
-ASA and DIN counter on magazine
-mirror and rear curtains can tuck away into body to allow light exposure/shutter release.
-actual leaf aperture.
-all done in a conservative and economic polygon count. (no unnecessary sub-surfacing)
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