Are you talking about the $15 screens from Araxfoto?
Originally Posted by pekelnik
Originally Posted by DSLR
This could be a case of TLR-to-SLR-MF syndrome. Those TLR's with their leaf shutters give very sharp results with little effort, but MF SLRs need more attention to get the same sharpness. My first MF camera was a Yashica D that always focuses right, then I upgraded to Pentax 6x7 and got many out-of-focus shots especially the first few rolls. Now with extra effort the pentax is giving sharper results. So may be all you need is more time with the 500c until you figure it out. Or you can borrow a hassy and run a roll with it. If the results turn out to be good then you know for sure that your 500 is the culprit.
When there is an issue with the focussing accuracy of a 500 C/M, and the focussing screen isn't wrongly installed and the optics are good, it is mostly due to a miss angled mirror.
The mirror is held down by a little hook which is released by the second shutter release mechanism.
This little hook is, to my humble opinion, somewhat 'insipidly' built and gets out of adjustment by use and wear.
After faithful service for more than 20 years, Will van Manen (from Holland) had to calibrate the mirror angle of mine. Will, BTW, does a very good job in CLAting Hasselblad cameras.
Don't try to do this your self, tools like a micrometrical table are needed to do this properly!
If your camera body is a 500 C/M, not just a 500 C, than install one of those (Minolta designed) Acute Matte-D focussing screens, which is easily done.
All-tough not cheap, these are real marvels and worth there money (Will sells them at a rather fair price).
Be happy with your Hasselblad.
"...If you can not stand the rustle of the leafs, then do not go in to the woods..."
(freely translated quote by Guido Gezelle)
PS: English is only my third language, please do forgive me my sloppy grammar...
The repairer/dealer I bought the camera from originally let me trade in my (faulty?) body for a newer ('86), cleaner body plus an Acute Matte screen for $150.
..But not before informing me that SLRs, especially medium format SLRs, will never be as easy to focus as rangefinders, and recommending I use a Mamiya 6 if quick and accurate focusing was my top priority. I don't doubt him, but I've never been too keen on RFs. And I want to stick with the system I've already invested in.
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I didn't read one other possibility but have you had your eyesight checked recently? I've had a few blown shots I *thought* were focused but it turns out my shooting eye is getting softer as I cruise past my mid 40's. My left and right eyes need different strength diopters so I can't focus on a waistlevel anymore.
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Reason: Typos! Not wearing my glasses while typing!
I too have been struggling a bit with focusing my 500CM. It's easy enough on a tripod but when I try to shoot hand-held, especially wide open I find that I'm often missing focus. I am positive my kit would immensely benefit from a good CLA, but I figure to get everything done it's going to cost around $500-ish from Mr. Odess (if I want everything done). I know that I would honestly prefer the Mamiya 7 as a system as I'm more of a RF person at heart anyways, but I literally couldn't say no to this 'blad for the deal I got.
I don't particularly want to get a Prism for it as I like how compact it is with the WLF, but is there a better screen to buy that isn't horrendously expensive? The one I have right now is a plain matte with a large central microprism dot. I think I would like it better if it were brighter, or perhaps I just need to stop shooting in such low-light conditions! Ha (I'll leave that to my Hexar AF)
Leica M2 / Hasselblad 500CM
My Hasselblad is as sharp as a tack now.
Sorry, but it still looks a little fuzzy! I think you should send the camera body, lens and back to me and I'll test it for you. It might take a few years, but will be well worth it. For me anyway! When you have a good working "Blad" you can no longer blame the equipment. I moved up from a Bronica S2A(many moons ago) to a Hasselblad 500C outfit and have been smitten from then on. It's not that the Bronica wasn't a very good camera/system, but the V-Blad system was just that much better. It was also that the Zeiss glass rendered a "look" that always made me smile. I will admit that I've had two bodies(EL and ELM) that I've had problems with, along with several lenses that had to be "tuned-up" from time to time. A photo-nut friend of mine, the one who I bought the 500C from, said it was an investment. I don't know about that so much anymore, but it is a pleasure. JohnW
Originally Posted by mattbellphoto
No camera, in and of itself, has ever been an investment for me either. I'm just far too rough on my gear. It's why I can never justify buying new/mint equipment. If someone tomorrow, out of the blue, gave me a flawlessly mint condition original Lecia M3 kit, I'd be afraid to even touch it. It'd go straight up on ebay/craigslist.
But yeah, what led me to start obsessing over "blads" was one, I already had a love for 6x6/square-format images from being taught film photography on my Mamiya C220, and two, almost every truly brilliantly rendered photo I would find online, especially ones of fairly average subjects, seemed to come from Hasselblad users, and especially if they were shooting chrome.
I still love and rave over my C220, but I just really appreciate that extra umph I get from my 500CM and T* lens.