You're going to get tired of me (Hasselblad 500CM question)

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  1. blankk

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    I have one last question! When I get everything cocked, my camera's auxiliary shutter only seems to stay open as long as my finger is pressing the button down. Won't that cause problems if there is a slow shutter speed? I turned the little thing on the shutter button to 'T', but then it opened and didn't close. What's the proper way to do this? Or do I just hold the shutter open as long as I need to? Thanks!
     
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    It will only cause a problem with slow shutterspeeds if you do not keep your finger pressing the shutter release button until the shutter has done and completed its job.

    So do exactly that!


    You should do that at all speeds, but it becomes really important at speeds of 1/15 and slower.

    The T-lever is fine for long exposures, with the shutter set to "B".
    It will keep the rear shutter open, but to close it, you need to set it to O again (just like a real T-mode, hence the "T".)

    A cable release would be better though. The T-lever will not work with a cable releases, so you need one that has a lock of its own.


    P.S.

    Get yourself a User Manual for your camera !
     
  3. blankk

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    Thanks and sorry for the obviously stupid question! I'll read up :smile:

    Joe
     
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    Not a stupid question.
    But do read up! :wink:
     
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    Nope, not a stupid question.
    I've developed a habit of leaving my finger down for about a second or so, regardless of the exposure.
     
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    Yeah, I'll just get used to that. Thanks guys. Just got this camera as a replacement for a defective one so I was just worried is all.
     
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    Joe,

    There are no stupid Hasselblad questions. This is especially true when dealing with add or removing a lens and/or close-up rings, because done wrong the lens or body can become uncocked and lead to a jamb. Recocking lenses and clearing jambs must be done carefully to avoid costly repairs.

    Q. G. is the best single point contact here for questions related to the history or technical issues related to Hasselblads.

    Steve
     
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    Another thing if you use a tri pod and cable reless you can pre release the camera to reduce the vibrations caused by the aux shutter and mirror, but you still have to hold the cable release in the firing position till the lens shutter completes the exposer. Another words prerelease camera with the button on the side of the camera then press the cable release to make exposer, I think I wrote it right.
     
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    My Hassy Planar T* 80mm lens has a red line next to the 1/4, 1/2 and 1 sec times, which I was told indicates that for those particular shutter speeds, you need to keep the button pressed for the duration of the exposure.
     
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    Correct.

    Steve