Hasselblad 500 C/M

December 7, 2011 
Taken with Canon 5DII

The Hasselblad 500 C/M is a beautiful yet simple classic camera produced from 1970 through 1994. It is completely mechanical (no battery or light meter) which allows it to be quite robust and reliable. I typically use mine with an A12 film back that shoots 12 square photos (roughly 6cm by 6cm) on a roll of 120 film. The most common lens used with it is an 80mm f/2.8 made by Carl Zeiss that gives a slightly wider field of view than a 50mm lens does on a 35mm camera. Using the waist level finder may take some getting used to if you have never used one as the image is mirrored, but they are bright and easy to focus. I would not recommend this camera for a beginner as it only operates in manual mode and does not have a light meter, but if you have a good understanding of the relationship between shutter speed, aperture, and film speed and are comfortable with either the sunny 16 rule or a light meter this camera is a joy to shoot with.