Jens Kotlenga | Aug 7, 2018 | 1
Medium format first timer: a few months on with the Hasselblad 500C/M – by Rick Davy
It’s been a few months now since I came into the world of medium format and became a Hasselblad owner. I have to say, its the most pleasurable camera I think I’ve ever owned.
The first time I picked it up I thought the weight might be an issue, not in the slightest. If anything its an advantage. Steadying the camera is a dream and it’s solid and super comfortable to shoot with.
I love the fact that when the Hasselblad comes out of my camera bag, the reaction from everyone who sees it. Those who recognise it, love it and those who don’t, stand back and admire it.
I must admit, it makes me smile time after time
I love the waist level viewfinder. It’s clear, crisp and very engaging when you look into it. With the addition of the magnifier, this makes focussing a breeze. I’m a full-time glasses wearer and without the magnifier, I reckon I’d struggle. Maybe that’s just me or I’m just getting old… Hell!!
My Hasselblad came with the standard Zeiss 80mm Planar C 2.8. I’ve run with Zeiss for years. Their lenses are always-pin sharp and outstanding quality.
The 80mm focal length puts me on all of the subjects I’ve shot so far but the more I use it, the more I’m tempted to invest in some more glass, just to get a slightly wider angle or perhaps closer to my subject matter.
Since my last article, I’ve shot a few more rolls I’d like to share. They were all shot on Kodak 120 film in a mixture of Portra 160, Portra 400NC and Ektar 100, both fresh and expired.
Without doubt the Hasselblad 500 CM is the best camera I’ve had the pleasure of owning – and I’m a massive Leica owner and fan. I’ve had several conversations with other like-minded individuals since owning my Hasselblad and I’ve urged them all to go medium format, but more importantly, go Hasselblad.
A final note if I may. I really do believe that if I’d discovered medium format and the Hasselblad 500CM earlier, I’d be a better photographer today. I really do…
Thanks for reading,
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