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    Hasselblad Body Jam?

    I seem to have somehow jammed the body of my Hasselblad 500 C/M. I understand the common lens jam problem and that both body and lens need to be in the same cocked or uncocked state. If I cock the body without lens or back attached, I can release the shutter to uncock it, but then cannot wind it on to recock it. Also if I cock the body then try to attach the cocked lens, I cannot attach the lens. Is the body damaged or am I missing something?

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    Here's some information that may help. http://www.david-odess.com/faq.html#q18
    David Odess is a Hasselblad repair specialist.

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    Thanks for the info - I read that, but I seem to have a problem with the body itself. Thanks to chiller for the PM and phone discussion on the problem, and recommendation of a good repairer. The body is on its way to the repair man now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Caulfield View Post
    I seem to have somehow jammed the body of my Hasselblad 500 C/M.
    I don't know if this will help or not, but my 500c/m was acting really weird. I'd press the shutter button and nothing would happen. When I let go of the shutter release the lens shutter would stop down and take a picture. So everything was after the fact. It would do that with my 120mm lens but would work perfectly with the 60mm. It was very, very unreliable.

    Turns out there was something wrong with the camera body itself and it needed to be repaired. I broke a spring when trying to "fix" it. The camera was made in 1974 and I don't know if it was ever cleaned and lubed since then. I know I never did it and I've had the camera since 1994. So you may want to bring it into a repair place just to have that done, especially if you have a C/M model.

    Good luck!

    Nathan

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    Let us know what happens with it?? My brother has a 500CM that has what sounds like the exact same set of symptoms... Trying to walk him through the typical jam resolution over the phone was kind of entertaining, but we finally determined he was in a state much like the one you describe...

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    Thanks for your replies. Basically the winder is not working and the release seems to work but the pre-release doesn't. Yesterday I mailed it to a repairer interstate. When I chatted with him, he seemed to think it may just need a re-grease, etc. I'll keep you posted.

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    An update. I spoke with the repairer today on the off-chance that my camera had arrived (I sent it by registered post which was supposed to take 3 to 4 days). Not only has it arrived, but he has just about finished servicing it. He said there is a hub which holds a spring which was pretty much clogged up from lack of service. It will be on its way back to me tomorrow. Thanks again to Steve for his very quick help and recommendation of a great service man.

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    My Hassy arrived back home today. I spoke with the repair man late last week and he was still working on the final adjustment. Basically it was pretty much seized up through lack of service. It's a 1977 model and I've had it for about seven years without servicing it. It's possibly never been serviced before. Anyway, he said the body is actually in beautiful condition now, and he's not wrong. It sounds completely different, much quieter, and the winder is so much smoother. He also coorected the mirror angle and the body length. Nathan and Dave, I recommend a good service.

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    Hi Kevin,

    Sorry to bring up this thread again, just wondering how much it costed you to fix this issue and where did you send it to?

    cheers

    Gary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gwkw1717 View Post
    Hi Kevin,

    Sorry to bring up this thread again, just wondering how much it costed you to fix this issue and where did you send it to?

    cheers

    Gary
    I have the same questions. Please hurry up, we are waiting as fast as we can!
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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