Once you go Blad you never go back……..almost.
I finally gave in to my long term desire and found the Hasselblad of my dreams – a 500 C/M with a chrome Carl Zeiss 80/2.8 T* and the classic 120 back (as this means the whole camera has the chrome trim and no plastic bits anywhere, including the older fully chromed WLF).
The hard part was always going to find a chrome 80/2.8 that had the T* coating; as second hand dealers will have you believe they are so rare and special that they deserve the inflated price tag that is often double or triple the cost of the regular black lens. Finding one without the T* is easy and cheap, but it is worth waiting till you find the right lens at a reasonable price as they really are not that rare.
A few weeks later and the start of some test films show that this was the right choice for quality of the lens and the smoothness of the operation of the body and the amazing syncro setting.
And just as I was about to write the definitive Hasselblad article (comparing it to the great Hasselbladski – the Kiev 88) – the shutter stuck and without opening the bottom of the body up myself, it won’t unstick.
So, a few test films in and it has to go to the Uncles in TST who have the experience and skills to fix the shutter mechanism before the article can be finished.
Until then, here are a couple from the few films so far processed that are making me excited about getting it back in working condition and using it much more.
The first was shot on Portra 400 in really grey and raining conditions in Hong Kong and the second a few days later in blinding morning sunlight in Sri Lanka on Ektar 100.
The size of image on the blog are not sufficient to show the amazing effects of the lens and so click on them to see the stunning DOF.