How do you use your 500 ELM?

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  1. daleeman

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    So I picked up a 500 ELM as a back up body for my 500 C/M since I have been "collecting lenses" 40/50/80/120/150 for some time now and just love using the C/M. I got rather concerned that if the C/M went down I would be camrealess till I got it repaired so I picked up the ELM for 160 USD. Nice shape too.

    I shot a roll of film with it and am satisifed that it functions as well as I believe it should (never used one before, but did read the Hasselblad instructions on it) So I will not feel so dependent on one body.

    Thing is, I wonder if there are some unique ways of using the ELM far above what I have thought of as a backup. One thought was to do portraits, but that is a no brainer, but how about other useful things others have accomplished with a motorized V model.

    Looking for your suggestions. Thanks in advance for your replies.

    Lee
     
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    In the good old days, we used these in the studio for apparel/fashion work because you didn't need to stop and crank the thing after each shot. When digital encroached, we tied them to Leaf DCB 3-shot camera backs for tabletop work. They were dependable workhorse cameras, but nothing exotic, and we didn't use them for anything extra-special. On a technical note, they seemed to run better with two batteries than one. We replaced the original NiCad with aftermarket Li-ion batteries, which were really good. I forget the maker.

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    Peter,

    Thanks for the post. In reply to part of it, I have a 9 volt adapter in it and so far it seems well. Was it more dependable with two batts?

    Certainly looking for more ideas

    Lee
     
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    I recently toured the NY Stock Exchange and noted that they still use a pair of ELMs (with d***-backs) for photos of the opening bell ringers each day. The cameras are permanently mounted across from the podium and are triggered remotely.
     
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    This may not be appropriate for an analog audience, but...

    I shoot a 555ELD (latest version of the ELM) with my CFV-39 Hasselblad digital back.

    That combination allows me to shoot tethered from the computer without touching the camera after focusing.

    - Leigh
     
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    How do I use...Good question!
    I don't seem to use my ELX at all - always seem to prefer my other bodies. Too heavy? Perhaps not, unfortunately just don't seem to need the motorized version – though nice to hear it's sound!
    /Bertil
     
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    Got two 500ELMs. Both non functional and used as paperweights. They should really find a new home.
     
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    The ELMs could be used with one or two batteries in place. They seemed to work a little more smoothly and quickly with two batteries, and longer, of course. As I remember, the NiCad or LiIon batteries took several hours to recharge. The advantage of the LiIon batteries was that they didn't have the "memory" problems of the NiCads and could be recharged when only partially discharged. The NiCads had to be completely discharged first. The LiIon batteries were definitely superior to the NiCads generally. Someone out there must still make them.

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    Drool/stare/gawk/slip on my own saliva covering the floor... :D
     
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    The problem with ELMs is the type of battery no longer exists in a fresh form. Some NOS may be out there, but for the most part, they are gone. Lithium does not have the power (amperes) to properly run the ELM unless two batteries are used in parallel in the adapters. And even then they are only good for a few rolls before going soft. The 9-volt adapters seem to hold up a little better/longer. The Varta specs the OEM battery at 1,000mAh and 6 volts. (five cells). I've gone the external battery route with mine. The cameral runs off the same Quantum battery as the flash and simply plugs into the second power port. The cable is easy to make too.
     
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    I have a Quantum battery and that sounds like a good idea. Did you have to put any kind of a load on the line to the Hassy cable? On the other hand the 9 volt solution does not add more to lug about. It already is a big brick of a body.
     
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    No extra nuthin'. The 6 volt Quantum battery is just a regular off the shelf sealed lead acid battery commonly used in small UPS ans emergency lights. They are available at you local hardware or battery store for less than ten bux. I drilled a small hole in the battery cover, using a piece of broomstick cut the size of the battery, two thumb tacks, one at each end and a coiled telephone cord, made the connections. The other end has a connector available from your local Radio Store. Just watch the polarity when assembling it all.