Dating hasselblad backs

This bridge product has 39Mp but boy that is enough of a shock when coming from 35mm-based sensors.It is 50 per cent bigger than the size of full-frame 35mm systems. So digging in the drawer of 'previously loved' my 1950s 500c (with a Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f2.8 lens) and a slightly more modern 903SWC with its Zeiss Biogon fixed 38mm f/4.5 T* emerged to ride again!To explain the principle of changing film backs seems archaic now in this digital age, but once upon a time, if you wanted to change the speed of the film you were shooting on you had to wind it back into the canister (on 35mm) or scrap the remaining exposures and advance it to the end (120 Film - this system) so you could put another one in.

You simply put the dark slide in to shield the film and swapped multiple backs mid roll for a black and white film or transparency, or negative film.

The Hasselblad 200 series is a successful line of high-end, focal-plane, single-lens reflex (SLR) medium format cameras made by the Hasselbald Corporation of Sweden, using German-made Carl Zeiss lenses.

Unfortunately, the shutter mechanism of the 1000F was still delicate and many photographers shied away from it.

In response, Hasselblad moved away from the production of in-camera focal-plane shutters and towards using in-lens leaf-shutters.

Like all Hasselblads until the recent X-Pan and H1, the 1600F was 6x6 medium format on 120 film, used interchangeable film backs, viewfinders, and lenses.

The F in the 1600F indicated that it used a ocal-plane shutter built into the camera body.Plus we were loaned an excellent 503CW also with a 80mm f/2.8 from the Pro Centre.The 500c was a camera that I used all through the 1990s.For the 1600F, they chose the well-regarded Kodak 80mm Ektar as its primary lens.There was also a selection of a wide-angle and a telephoto Ektar available at the time.Unfortunately, the body shutter on the 1600F was not reliable especially at its top speed of 1/1600 second.

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