Shooting with the Hasselblad 500CM

I’ve had this 40 year old film camera for a while now, and put quite a few rolls of film through it. I thought I’d take the time to go back and look at some shots from each of the shoots, or indeed, rolls, as I would only shoot one roll at at time due to expense.

First a few words about the camera. It is a medium format camera taking rolls of 120 film, giving 12 shots on a roll. The images are square, so there is no portrait/landscape distinction. The standard lens is 80mm focal length and f2.8 – the shutter is actually in the lens, and offers speeds up to 1/500sec. There are no electronics, no battery, no autofocus, no autoexposure, no auto anything. The camera is a 100% mechanical instrument requiring all settings to be manually configured by the photographer.

Film is readily available for the camera, my usual is Kodak Portra 400, which has ISO or speed of 400, and reasonably fine grain. Colours are designed to favour skin tones. I have the film processed and scanned to digital files by Atkins on Fullarton Road here in Adelaide.