Hasselblad 500CM – Inspired by the viral Paris Via Pentax video clip we shared not also long ago, photographer Carl Pendle just recently determined to put his own spin on the Inception-esque style of ‘through the viewfinder’ video clips and also take you on a street photography ride through his hometown.
Pendle loaded up his Hasselblad 500cm with some movie, connected a camera to it and also required to the streets to capture a behind the curtain check out just how he captures road photography portrait.
Nonetheless, rather than just filming exactly what he translucented the viewfinder the way that Paris Via Pentax did, he additionally had the resulting downsides developed scanned as well as included in the video clip. So after every breeze of the shutter, you get to see the outcome on your own.
At just a minute as well as a half long, it’s a short watch, however one that will probably have you clicking replay at the very least when. Give it a watch and let us recognize what you think in the comments down below.
Origins and name
The brand-new electronic camera, the very first in the long lasting 6x6cm collection (named the V-series after Hasselblad began marketing the 6×4.5 cm Fuji cams ), consisting of the 500, SWC, 2000 as well as 200 variety of cams, was received with hesitation. Both the lens shutter principle connected with much less advanced 35mm SLR video cameras, as well as the modest full throttle of 1/500th of a 2nd worried the critics. However, the decision was verified an audio one. Extremely short direct exposure time is effortlessly as well as a lot more accurately obtained making use of strobe light, in the center anyway. The original model remained in production till 1970. It was changed by the 500C/M (M for changed according to the factory), showcasing an interchangeable focusing display as well as a boosted automated back, the A-series film journals.
The new Hasselblad cam has actually acquired a track record for many years for its toughness, mechanical accuracy as well as for having a large range of top quality lenses, making it the medium-format camera of choice for generations of expert photographers. Victor Hasselblad AB enhanced this track record by making the most of the fact that their cam had actually been chosen by NASA for usage precede, although not without alterations.
A modular system camera
Complying with the style concept of the previous designs, the Victor Hasselblad ABDOMINAL made the V-series completely modular: Not only the lenses, but additionally the winding crank, the viewfinder and also the movie journal are exchangeable during normal operation of the video camera. With the introduction of the 500C/M, likewise the concentrating display ended up being effortlessly exchangeable.
Victor Hasselblad AB put terrific initiative to assist appropriate publication handling: the presence of a dark slide in the movie magazine protects against the shutter from being fired, yet enables the removal of the back, whereas the back is secured to the body without the dark slide in position. Even more: 2 small sign windows opposite each other – one on the back as well as the other on the body – show the state of the movie (exposed vs. unexposed) and also shutter (cocked vs. released).
The above described initiative remains in strong contrast to the ease with which the shutter as well as body state dissociate upon elimination of the lens. This could result in either (i) a released shutter as well as a body already in a mirror-down placement or (ii) a cocked shutter as well as the mirror up. In either situation, re-inserting the lens can quickly lead to permanent damages. For many years, this has led to the intro of a fantastic selection of tools from many vendors dealing with these concerns. It is recommended to always keep the camera wound before making any exchanges.
My 500C/M had two lenses, the 80mm f/2.8 Planar T * and the 50mm f/4 Distagon. Both are made by Carl Zeiss of West Germany for the Hasselblad as well as are both layered. The 80mm has the renowned T * Zeiss multi-coating and also the 50mm just is single-coated.
People have a love-hate relationship with the early Hassie lenses. They like the intensity however actually despise the linked shutter-speed and aperture dials. Hasselblads make use of the EV metering system, which connects shutter-speed and aperture to generate a solitary Exposure Worth. This enables you to easily dial in your light reading from an EV friendly light meter (such as the metered finders above), then rapidly readjust aperture as well as shutter-speed in regard to each other without altering the exposure. As long as you have a light meter that checks out in EV, it’s a terrific system. It’s a nuisance or else. Luckily, my Pentax and Gossen meters review in EVs.
Hasselblad has made countless small optical tweaks as well as user-interface tweaks with their lenses. Their latest CFE lenses incorporate electronic linkages to tell the 200 series video camera bodies what their maximum aperture is as well as to collaborate with digital backs.
Along the way, I also grabbed a 10mm expansion tube and also 2x Komura Tele-extender. The expansion tube is for macro-photography. But I’ve been spoiled by the Mamiya RB67, the Hassie is not as versatile. The Komura is a top quality 2x focal size multiplier. You additionally lose 2 quits of light, so making use of a metered prism is advised.