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Ahhh, "Hasselblad", nothing quite like a vintage Blad. Wish I had known, this will make you weep Jeff, but I sold two virtually new 203 FE bodies, a 50mm, 150mm, 250mm, 140-280 zoom, finder, UV and polarizers (Zeiss) for each lens, two 12 and two 24 exposure backs, a polaroid back, all in a Halliburton case.........$5,000 in cash. Probably hadn't had a dozen rolls of film run through it.
Sold two 500c/m bodies, a 40mm, 50mm,150mm, 250mm, 350mm, four backs, meter finder, filters, winder, a polaroid back, $2,300.
The last camera I sold was my Fuji GX617 panoramic. All the detail of a Blad with a pano format, unbelievable image quality. Two lenses, ground glass, center spot ND filters, and polarizers. Mint condition, $2,200.00.
Depressing, but so was the fact that they were sitting in cases which I opened every six months to work the shutters.
I'd suggest you go with 500C/M bodies. The C models are very long in the tooth and you do not want to have a Blad repaired. I used to send mine in to be serviced, with nothing really wrong and the bill was generally three or four hundred bucks. The biggest thing you have to watch for is the seal in the backs wear out over time and you get light leaks. The dark slide rides on the seal and eventually it just fails. The problem is, it's not a failure you can diagnose, before it damages film. You shoot Polaroid with the Polaroid back, then put your film back on, pull your slide out an begin shooting. Don't waste your money on a winder, mine never failed to jam the body requiring a trip back to Blad....$300 bucks.
The bodies and lenses are bullet proof. Every once in a while a leaf shutter will fail, but it's rare, generally as a result of a jolt. I had an impatient client think it was funny to grab up one of my cases as I shot a final exposure. Before I could yell to him that the case wasn't latched, he lifted it up and bounced six lenses and two bodies off an asphalt driveway. The shutters in all six lenses failed within a day. The bill from Blad was seven grand. The client wouldn't go near one of my cases from that day on, which was my preference to begin with.
Anything in particular that I can tell you about shooting a Blad? It's pretty much still "f/8 and be there", just slower and with a "clunk" rather than a zip. I still have the pristine 500C that God sent to me 34 years ago, it's at HQ in plain sight to remind me what a miracle every day of my life has been, and how all He asked was trust.
Here's a 6x6 to whet your whistle...............