For several years I've been saying it. "One day I'll get a Hasselblad, and one day I'll get a Leica." Therefore, you can imagine my reaction when Santa brought me a Hasselblad 500C/M! Alright, I admit it, I bought it for myself weeks ago.
Hasselblad 500C/M body with waist level finder, A12 back and Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f/2.8 CF T* lens. What a camera! An outstanding machinery with a classic look and super sharp optics. I'm not sure but I think the film advance crank is an accessory. Simply winding the film is enough to give you the impression of quality. Oh, the precision..
The 500C/M was made between 1970 and 1994 (note: sold as 500 Classic between 1989-1994). Can you imagine that? 24 years! Today, the latest and greatest cameras are made for a maximum of 3-5 years before being replaced. As its predecessor the 500C, the 500C/M is part of a complete modular series called the V System. As Hasselblad themselves so eloquently put it, "It has an interchangeable everything." If you like you can replace the lens, the back, the viewfinder and the focusing screen. There's also a range of accessories including bubble levels, winder cranks and knobs, lens shades, filters, extension tubes, etcetera.
I haven't shot that much medium format yet, so I'm pretty excited to shoot a test roll. I'll probably order a few rolls of Kodak Portra 400 in a week or so.
This years Christmas leave is now officially over. Time to shoot, develop, print, repeat!