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    Quote Originally Posted by patashnik
    OK, this might be the dumbest question ever, but I'm gonna push my luck here...

    I just inherited a Hasselblad 500CM camera house, without lenses, magazine, etc.

    Any help is deeply appreciated
    What do you do with it....the answer is simple...give it to me. thats all you need to know!

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    Wait..I had the simple answer..you've gone ahead and complicated things!

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    Thank you all for your warm welcome! And Jerevan, yes - I'm an RFF guy... But I can't get rid of a camera that someone left me, so the best thing to do would be to use it.

    I'll have a look around, hopefully I'll be able to pick something up - for a reasonable price.

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    Congratulations! I agree that if you are in the US, KEH.com is your friend. Check some of the threads here to find rave reviews about them. Their ratings are extremely conservative, so buying something rated bargain can sometimes yield you a true bargain, with high quality and low cash outlay!

    Here is a link to the Manual for the camera; it's free... print it out & you will be a happy camper!
    http://www.urmonas.net/manuals/500cm/500cm.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by BWGirl
    Congratulations! I agree that if you are in the US, KEH.com is your friend. Check some of the threads here to find rave reviews about them. Their ratings are extremely conservative, so buying something rated bargain can sometimes yield you a true bargain, with high quality and low cash outlay!

    Here is a link to the Manual for the camera; it's free... print it out & you will be a happy camper!
    http://www.urmonas.net/manuals/500cm/500cm.html
    I'm from Norway, but KEH is still a good advice. They seem to have nice prices, and seem to represent the "Good guys".

    Thanks for the manual, I've already printed it!

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    Congrats you have a great camera. Some shooters dont like them but they are the standard by which all MF cameras are judged. If I could keep only one camera it would be my Hassy. Get it put togethe and shoot.

    P.S. Ditto on KEH. They are the good guys in my opinion.
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    I hope the camera came with a focusing screen - those can be pricey too.

    You can examine a lens and pretty quickly decide whether its working properly or not. The place to be careful with Hasselblad is the backs - they are notorious for developing light leaks. You won't know until you burn some film with it whether it needs new light seals or not. New seals are a relatively minor repair - where they can also burn you is if the frame spacing is off.

    They are nice cameras - I think you will be shocked how nice when you slap your first roll of 6x6cm transparencies on the light table.
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    Quote Originally Posted by André E.C.
    Tricky? Why? It´s just a characteristic of the camera itself!
    Respect that and you will have no trouble, simple!

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    Tricky because almost every other camera doesn't do this. Someone coming from experience with 35mm or most other MF wouldn't even think of this unless specifically mentioned.

    As I said, ONE time was enough to scare me into checking the lens and body EVERY time so as not to offset my "good deal" on the camera with technician's billing. In my case the lens was cocked when I removed it, but had "unwound" in my camera bag and I didn't check it. It hadn't occured to me that it could uncock when off the camera. It's happened to me twice since, but I caught it before mounting the lens.

    I'm not saying it's a negative aspect of the camera. I LOVE my Hasselblad. I'm just saying it's a quirk of the design that isn't well known outside the Hasselbladeratti.

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    no-one seems to have mentioned this, so...

    Assuming that your knowledge of Hassy is limited (forgive me if its not)...
    Your 500CM is a fully manual device, and does not contain a shutter. The fabric covered flaps at the rear of the box are NOT a shutter. The body uses lenses broadly labelled as "C" type, dependent upon development over time. {C, CF, CFe, CFi, for example} The older ones are C, and the latest CFi (with some electronic stuff in them)
    An older (and therefore less expensive, potentially) lens may be described like this; 150mm f/4 C.
    Very old (1000 series camera types) may also not be suitable. Seek specialist advice if in doubt.
    If you're buying without knowledge, please take care that you only buy these "C**" types.
    When exploring the wonderful world of Hasselblad, you will note that there are also "F" type lenses, which do NOT have shutters within them, and they are not suitable for your camera, being designed for a different camera range.
    Please, please DO pay attention to the advice regarding the mounting of cocked/uncocked lenses and backs to the body. It will save you much heartache if you do...Its easiest in the early stages of acquaintance to ensure that you mount cocked backs to cocked bodies to cocked lenses, and check that it is so. Make sure they are all still cocked when you take 'em off.
    Also note that the camera back (roll film holder bit) won't detach unless the darkslide (siver square thing with a rectangular wire handle that sticks out the left side of the body at the point near to where the back and body join) is inserted.
    Also, you can NOT trigger the shutter if the darkslide IS inserted, no matter how hard you press the button at the front, bottom right of the box...
    Hope this helps.
    and PS - never was the acronym RTFM better applied than here...
    Consider this: Most lenses are better than most photographers...

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