Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2001/04/06

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Subject: Re: [Leica] hassy question
From: John Hicks <>
Date: Fri, 06 Apr 2001 22:24:29 -0400

At 08:32 PM 4/6/01 -0400, you wrote:

>If I was going to buy a used hassy what should I get? I want sheer bang for
>buck. I like WLFs and lenses around 50-150mm in this format. Don't want
>meters or drives or any of that stuff. Lenses as fast as possible. And what
>do you have to look out for buying used??

  If you really want fast lenses, an F series Hasselblad. I don't know one
from the other except that the first one, 2000F I think it was, was very
prone to having its metal shutter damaged by fumble-fingers when changing
backs etc. I believe later models retract the shutter curtain when the
back's removed.
  F-series cameras have a focal-plane shutter, flash synch is I believe
1/90. They can handle the fast lenses, 50 f2.8, 110 f2 and 150 f2.8.
  I think overall the most bang for the buck is the plain old 500C/M w/80
f2.8T* lens and A-12 back. It's a leaf-shutter lens, T* indicates
multicoating, and the A-12 back is pretty much the current type. All is
readily repairable.
  A standard older 500C screen is dismally dark; the C/M allows
user-installable screens, the Acute-Matte series of screens being the usual
type of choice. The leaf-shutter lenses are a stop slower than the F
series. Leaf-shutter C lenses can be used on F bodies, but not vice-versa.
  Beware that buying an old used Hasselblad is about the same as buying an
old used Leica; budget a CLA into the price. The leaf shutter will probably
be sticky and the back may overlap frames and leak light through the
darkslide slot. Buy from a good dealer.

John Hicks