I recently was lucky enough to gain access to a camera I’ve been wanting to use for a very long time, the famous Hasselblad 500c.
I have been doing film work in medium format with a few different cameras for my photography class. I have used an old Yashica Twin Reflex and a couple Mamiya 645′s, but what I really wanted to use was the Hasselblad.
Now that I’m finally allowed to use it, I’ve kind of been hogging it (though luckily for me no one else has asked for it). It just works so much better than any other film camera I’ve used. Once you’ve used one, especially after using other medium format cameras, you can definitely understand why they’re so expensive.
I thought taking pictures of my old car with an old camera was fairly appropriate, even if the Hasselblad was introduced in 1957 and my car is from 1966.
Unfortunately it didn’t go as well as I had hoped. What you see above is what I saw through the waist level viewfinder of the Hassy. Looks great right? Should be amazing. It wasn’t.
The above is the best shot I got. I like it but 1 decent image out of a roll of 12 that I thought were going to be great is a little disappointing. I feel that if I shot in color I’d have been happier with the results but unfortunately I’ve only been shooting black and white. I’ll have to try again with some color film some time soon.