That's what I meant with a few "dings". :) It's around 375 US dollars, from a reputable shop, not ebay. :) Supposed to be in good mechanical and optical condition. The 80mm f2.8 C Planar T* lens is the exact same price.
Excellent. Someone asked exactly the same questions which I was going to ask... not that I can afford a Hasselblad at the moment!
Note: The Hasselblad pictured above has a good deal of wear on the camera body's metal light seal ridges. This is caused by improperly seating the film backs on the camera. Find a camera that is has not been used in this manner! There should be little or no wear on the lower left and right corners. The camera pictured may leak light. Always check for this kind of wear and tear.
Is that actually a great concern? Can a wee bit of scuffed paint affect the sealing of the camera back?
There's a big difference between a little scuffed paint and raised aluminum ridges that are worn flat. It's common for users to slap the backs on and slide them into position rather than to seat the metal feet of the camera body into the back and then hinge the back into place. I would want to inspect any camera body personally before paying $400 or so. It's just one point to examine when buying a used Hasselblad.
Well, is there anything else that needs checking out when buying them? That particular example wouldn't be too hard for me to check out, so the more that I can check at the same time the better.
Oh, and if those ridges are worn, how much wear is acceptable? Are we talking just paint removed, or do they have to be worn half way down for it to be a problem?
tag. good info.
I just bought the 500cm that Clark sold. Thankfully, it was just CLA'd less than a year ago.
Ideally, you should get a 30-day optical/mechanical return privilege with any camera you buy from a reputable source. That would give you time to try the camera and have a repair person give it a once-over for you. I would recommend a tuneup for any Hasselblad purchased used unless the seller certifies it's had a recent checkup. A qualified technician will tell you what shape it's in. A Hasselblad is a precision instrument. It's more like owning a Porsche than a Ford. Plan on occasional maintenance for camera body, lenses and backs, depending on how much you use them. They're great cameras, and I love mine. With care, they will last many years.