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    Hasselblad 500c problem

    The camera was stored for at least 16 years and possibly longer than that. When I picked it up, it seemed to work well but after maybe 15-20 clicks it started acting up. I am new to MF and especially Hasselblad, but had read about do's and don'ts before I played with it. Still, being new to this camera it's not impossible that I am at fault for its current state.
    I will be taking it to a (now retired) man who was trained by Hasselblad and worked in repairs for many years, but would like to know what I could expect to hear, if possible.

    In arbitrary order, since I don't know which is more important/more telling than others
    1. The lens (80/2.8) works well. No problems with it whatsoever.
    2. The shutter button can't be depressed when cassette/back is attached to the body. I have two backs and there is no difference in behavior.
    3. Shutter button works without the back.
    4. Turning the knob/lever does not close the flaps, with or without the back attached.
    5. If I turn the knob while the back is almost attached, the flaps will spring up and close almost every time. It's got something to do with the little pin at the bottom right of the body, I think, and how strongly the back pushes it. I have a feeling that if I were capable of always holding the back in the same "almost attached" position, the flaps would close every time (instead of almost every time). This is only a feeling though, and I know nothing about Hasselblads so I could be talking nonsense.
    6. This is probably an entirely different matter, but the upper flap does not fully open - it hangs a bit, obstructing the view.

    Any ideas? Does it sound bad?

    Thanks.

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    1. Does the preview function snap right to the correct aperture. TEST- set the f-stop to like f16 then press the preview lever, does it snap directly to the desired f-stop or is it slow?

    2. You have to remove the darkslide to depress the shutter button.

    4. 5. 6. It needs a CLA (clean lube adjust) ,Grease get hard after so many years.

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    Sorry if this seems obvious, but did you remove the steel dark slide from the back before pressing the shutter?

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    Indeed that pin that signals to the body if a back is attached can become worn, bent etc.

    There is another lock that wont allow the camera to fire with the darkslide left in and it also will not allow you to remove the back if the darkslide is NOT inserted.

    It's hard to say without handeling the camera but according to your provided info it sounds as if it's ready for a CLA.

    It's well worth getting one of these setup correctly.
    Only thing about a straight "c" body is that it requires a tech (or the knowhow & tools) to switch out the focussing screen

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    Indeed that pin that signals to the body if a back is attached can become worn, bent etc.

    There is another lock that wont allow the camera to fire with the darkslide left in and it also will not allow you to remove the back if the darkslide is NOT inserted.

    It's hard to say without handeling the camera but according to your provided info it sounds as if it's ready for a CLA.

    It's well worth getting one of these setup correctly.
    Only thing about a straight "c" body is that it requires a tech (or the knowhow & tools) to switch out the focussing screen.

    You may want to consider a newer screen as the stock 500c screens are a bit rough to use.

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    Thanks everyone. I do sometimes forget to remove the darkslide, but that is not the problem here as the shutter button doesn't seem to care - it just doesn't like when the back is attached.

    cjbecker, I will get the camera now and see to check what you ask in 1.

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    on the c/m there is a lever on the shutter button it says T on one side and O on the other. For normal operation you want to have it on O.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbecker View Post
    1. Does the preview function snap right to the correct aperture. TEST- set the f-stop to like f16 then press the preview lever, does it snap directly to the desired f-stop or is it slow?
    It's quick. I don't think the lens has any problems. Works great and apart from little brassing around the cap thread it looks like new.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjbecker View Post
    on the c/m there is a lever on the shutter button it says T on one side and O on the other. For normal operation you want to have it on O.
    Yup, it's on O.

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    So what I get from your responses is that this problem could/should go away after a CLA? That doesn't sound half as bad as I had hoped.

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