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    I just ordered a Hasselblad 501cm

    I just ordered a Hasselblad 501cm from KEH:

    501cm with late WLF
    80mm CF T* lens
    A12 Back 12 release
    lens cap
    strap

    Everything in bargain grade except for the WLF and strap which are in EX condition.

    just felt like sharing this with you guys any advice?

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    One word of advice......ENJOY !!

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    Have fun!
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    What the gentlemen above said!

    And do read a manual.
    These are simple cameras, but still...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rinthe View Post
    I just ordered a Hasselblad 501cm from KEH:

    501cm with late WLF
    80mm CF T* lens
    A12 Back 12 release
    lens cap
    strap

    Everything in bargain grade except for the WLF and strap which are in EX condition.

    just felt like sharing this with you guys any advice?
    Bargain-grade makes me nervous, but they are great cameras. Welcome to the club!
    Regards

    Ralph W. Lambrecht
    www.darkroomagic.comrorrlambrec@ymail.com[/URL]
    www.waybeyondmonochrome.com

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    Enjoy!

    Obviously a man of good taste.

    Steve
    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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    You'll learn to run through mental checklists when things don't work: Is the dark slide in? Is the shutter cocked? Is the back wound? Remarkably well made cameras, these, but their versatility comes with some complexity.

    Get yourself a lens hood. The T* coatings are extremely good but the front element isn't well recessed.

    Have a blast!

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    This is a wonderful outfit to start with. Please feel free to inform us when it has arrived. As Nick said a lens hood would be nice to add, and as far as I´m concerned, the camera will even look nicer with one ;-)
    Is this your first MF-camera?
    Greetings, Benjamin

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    thanks every for the advice I will enjoy it haha

    Benjamin: yes this is my first MF camera!

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    I sold mine to be able to move up to 4x5, but I still love the 501.

    Two tips come to mind:

    1. Familiarize yourself with how to fix a stuck shutter. I carried a small flathead screwdriver in my camera bag for this purpose.
    2. When winding/advancing the film check to make sure it's advancing the film properly. This issue was specific to my camera/back, but could pop up in yours as well. Basically, the film would not advance far enough at the beginning of a roll, resulting in overlapped photos, and too far towards the end of the roll, resulting in wasted space between photos. My solution to the overlapped images was to manually wind the film while looking through the back window (i had one of the older type backs, not sure if you can do that on the newer ones) until the frame number showed up. Towards the middle point of the roll, I'd have to watch while cocking the shutter, as the # would appear, in that case I would make sure the dark slide was in, remove the film back, and finish cocking the shutter with the back off.

    Of course, a CLA should fix the 2nd problem, but I was/am a student and the $100-200 had other uses for me

    Enjoy!

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