Hasselblad focusing screens

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by Kate Mocak, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. Kate Mocak

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    I have an opportunity to buy a Hasselblad 500C but it doesn't have a split-image focusing screen, just an ordinary one (which I have a difficulty to focus with).

    Is it possible to replace the focusing screen in this model?
     
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    Yes it is possible. With care you can do it youself. There are probably very thin shims below the screen do not lose them. That said, a camera repair pro can change them quickly.
     
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    I had David Odess install a brightscreen in my 500C and it is amazing how much better it is.

    Mike
     
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    Say whut? I have two 503Cx's - same camera with the internal flash sensor .. and there are no shims anywhere. Hasselblad, for years, has made interchangeable screens.... save for the automatic metering cameras (200 Series) that require a cut-out in the screen to allow viewing of the meter display). These new screens work perfectly on the 500 series.

    A "Camera Technician" necessary?

    1. Remove the magazine and slide the focusing hood/ prism/ whatever is on there - to the rear - and remove it.

    2. Depress the two tabs on either side of the viewing screen.

    3. Turn the camera upside down and allow the focusing screen to drop into your hand.

    4. Install the new/ other screen in the reverse order.
     
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    Jim

    The 500C did not have interchangable screens (except the transition to CM bodies). All 500CM's forward do indeed have this ability.

    Mike
     
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    Ed

    Your equipment is just to new:wink:

    Mike
     
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    He has a 500c. It does not feature interchangable screens. Nuff said.
     
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    It can be done but it is not for free and an old 500c is likely to need an overhaul which may also add to the price. In the current market it may be a better idea to wait just a little untill a camera shows up which exactly fits your needs.

    Stefan
     
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    Zounds!!! You mean ... I was ... wrong?!?!? How could that be?

    Ah, well ... First I apologize. Second ... I've just had a lesson in the longevity of Hasselblads. I should have realized that there are 1000s and 1600s still in use - never mind early 500s.

    I'm off to the nearest corner, with my security blanket.
     
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    That's bullshit because it presumes the worst from an uninformed, inexperienced view. Any competent individual can swap out a 500c screen.
     
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    Well if it means anything, I have sold a heck of alot of screens for the 500C, so SOMEBODY knows how to change them out!

    Dave
     
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    It's an easy job.

    An aside, Dave - how's it going with your new equipment? Any progress?
     
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    Thanks for asking, it is comming along, but slower than I would like, sometimes I feel my idea of quality and others ideas have a big gorge between them, as I keep telling them, I will only go mechanical, when the product is the same or better quality, than I can produce by hand, so we are continuing our search to speed the process up and keep the quality that we have become know for.

    Thanks again JJ

    Dave
     
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    Thanks for your kind reply I appreciate it. Unfortunately you missed the point. Its not to uncommon that an individual buying a 500c needs help to change a screen because he or she *is* inexperienced and maybe also uninformed with repect to the process involved or with the use of tools on precious equipment and makes the not to unwise decision to keep his 10 thumbs away from it. Even changing the light-seals seams to be a challenge for many. In this not to unlikely case someone *has* to be paid to do it.