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    Christmas gift brings me to the MF forum

    Got a brilliant gift from my grandmother.

    It's a Hasselblad 500 C that she found in a camera shop. It looks to be in relatively great condition.



    This is my first MF camera. I'm used to 35mm only.

    Can anyone tell me anything about this camera, and Medium format in general?

    Does anyone have a link to an instruction manual or something similar on the net for this camera? All these controls controls are new to me.

    Also, what are my lens options with this camera? How wide can I go?



    I'm excited.

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    Hello Hammy, the world is your oyster now. . . you have an instrument that can extend your vision and illuminate the World. Use it, and use it often.

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    Instruction manual: www.hasselblad.co.uk Look for the 500CM manual.

    MF in general:http://medfmt.8k.com/mf/index.html

    Hans
    Digital is best taken with a grain of silver.

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    Wow, this is wonderful! I bought a 500C from my Christmas gratification this year and LOVE it. Congratulations!

    Antje

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    Congratulations Hammy, beats the hell out of socks and aftershave.
    Ben

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    Nice present. I bought a 6x6 Bronica in January 2004, and have found the square format to really work for me over the three years I've used the camera.

    Tom.

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    what a great gift. Is your grandmother perchance looking to adopt new grandsons???


    web site: Dan Henderson, Photographer.com

    blog: https://danhendersonphotographer.wordpress.com/

    I am not anti-digital. I am pro-film.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hammy View Post
    Got a brilliant gift from my grandmother.

    It's a Hasselblad 500 C that she found in a camera shop. It looks to be in relatively great condition.

    This is my first MF camera. I'm used to 35mm only.

    I'm excited.
    Jammy bugger! It's gorgeous. Widest = 40mm (the 38/4.5 is permanently mounted on a non-reflex body). The 40mm is roughly equivalent to 21mm on 35mm but of course the square format versus rectangular means they cannot be compared directly.

    Hasselblads are infinitely reparable and a delight to use. The only reason I sold my 500C 20+ years ago was that in those days, we didn't do our own scans and you COULD NOT trust art directors/scanner operators to crop sensibly, even after they'd signed the marked-up Polaroid.

    Now I'm semi-retired I keep thinking of buying another...

    Cheers,

    R.

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    Another place to get free pdf copies if Hasselblad manuals:

    http://www.hasselbladhistorical.eu/HW/HWVSys.aspx

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    Congrats....I don't have a Hassy but I have two M645s and an RB 67. I love these ned format cameras!

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