Hasselblad 500 c/m – 1982


Having purchased a near mint Hasselblad 500 c/m 25th Anniversary Edition last year and being told by a few friends to bubble wrap it for prosperity, I decided to get a second newer model to use with an old 50mm f/4 T* Distagon that I picked up off eBay.

I initially looked into getting a 90’s Hasselblad 501 or 503 but prices are quite high and the early versions were heavily used. I also read that the internal palpas flocking material degrades and can pose dust problems. So I settled on finding a 1980s 500 c/m.

For some reason, unbeknown to me, the Japanese camera eSellers are unloading quite a lot of old vintage cameras and it wasn’t long before I found this 1982 model paired with a 1985 film back for £400. Both items were equally mint condition and upon scrutiny they seemed barely used.

The later 500 c/m are almost identical to the early versions. The only differences I can see are, a flip out wind crank, subtle change to leatherette design and a “12” in place of the “V” on the film back closure.

I have now coupled this to the 50mm Distagon and hope to use this for square landscape/cityscape photography this year…and beyond.

Sample taken at Eilean Donan Castle

Eilean Donan Castle
Kodak Ektar 100 – 1/60s f/8 (Handheld)

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