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| p.2 #5 · Anyone shoot Hasselblad? |
The 2000-series was short-lived and some models had shutter problems. The 200-series was outrageously expensive back in the day, so there are not many around. The two top models were the 205TCC/205FCC and the 203FE, both of which had metering, the former with some kind of strange spot/zone system setup, and the latter with more normal (apparently amazingly reliable) centre-weighted, and it supports aperture priority. After reading much about it, I decided this was probably the ultimate Hasselblad, and bought one, along with the amazing 110/2 and 50/2.8 lenses (the latter is *really* heavy, at about 1.5kg). Several previous owners were always ranting about this camera, saying it was essentially the perfect film camera, including a couple of pros over on getdpi who I respect.
It didn't work out that way for me though. I don't know exactly what it was about it, I just couldn't bond with it. I found the operation a bit quirky, and hard to remember. Clearly some others don't feel that way, and just love it to bits. Anyway, I am selling mine, probably on eBay, where they fetch good prices, up to 2000 Euro in near-new condition, or about 1300 Euro in used but good condition. Mine is probably somewhere in between good and perfect, but I will price it around 1300 to sell fast, I suppose. It does need a special version of the waist-level finder with a cutout for the meter readout panel. I have such a finder, but bought it new for 250 Euro, and don't expect anyone to want to pay me that much, so I will just keep it, I guess, and use it with my older camera.
After that experiment, I pretty much decided that the perfect Hasselblad V camera is the 500-series. Primitive, weird, but charming and with a nice assortment of lenses for fair prices. I would avoid the 500C, which has a non-interchangeable screen, and look for a clean 500C/M, or one of the newer 501/503 models. It doesn't really matter which, the changes between models were small, and the most advanced models only add flash features, which I do not intend to use. The 503CW is the latest. None have metering. I plan to use my iPhone for metering I do also have both a Gossen Lunasix and a Pentax Digital Spotmeter, in case I feel old-fashioned. I would recommend the CF/CFi/CFE lenses, as they are more flare resistant and modern, but realise that the C lenses have a special charm. Martin (Makten) has a black 500C/M with a black edition of the 80/2.8C, I believe.
I currently still have a 2000FC/M with an 80/2.8 CF lens, which is to me the perfect setup, except that I will probably swap the 2000FC/M for a 500 one day. I also have a Rolleiflex 6008i with 50/4, 60/3.5, 80/2.8 and 150/4. This camera is much more modern and has approximately normal operation even by today's standards, but it isn't as charming, and is also bigger and heavier, due to the built-in motor drive.