Hasselblad L bracket grip & 500C/M not compatible?

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by brianmichel, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. brianmichel

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    So in an effort to make my Hasselblad a little more mobile, I purchased an L-bracket grip that uses a cable release to trigger the shutter so I can focus through my PM90 at eye level.

    However, I slide my camera onto the bracket on the grip but the screw that holds the camera in place it too far forward and doesn't reach back to where the tripod mount it on the bottom of my camera. Is this my mistake for buying the wrong grip? I'm pretty sure the auction said it would fit without a problem. It even lines up with the shutter release button on the front.

    Any tips or tricks would be much appreciated, thanks!
     
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    That's one thing Hasselblad did not do right. The position of the tripod screw socket changed a bit over the years, so not all brackets fit all cameras.

    So if possible, return the item.


    An L-bracket is not what i would want to be using combined with a 90 degree prism. Your left hand is up high, your left arm 'floating' free in air without your body to lean against.
    That, combined with the leverage of a camera not resting on the hand that is holding it makes rather unsteady and uncomfortable handholding, in my opinion.

    I don't like L-brackets anyway, for no other reason than that leverage alone: the camera, out on a bracket to the right of the hand that is holding it, is trying to twist your wrist, with you having to counter that constantly to keep the camera level. It's not very nice, and eventually you are going to give in, and let the camera drop a bit.
    The original Hasselblad grip, with the camera resting on your hand, is much easier. And more steady.
    But to each his own, of course.
     
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    Yup, that's a silly thing to change on Hasselblad's part. Oh well, live and learn good thing it only cost 40 bucks...anyone want to buy an l-bracket :smile:
     
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    Put an add on eBay and use the words "rare" and "minty" and you will make four time what you spent on it.

    Steve
     
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    The one with the external cable release cord is also an antique, so mention "collectible" as well. :wink: