I kinda need a strap for this thing.
I posted a photo of the Hasselblad 500C/M that I picked up a few weeks ago and have been really anxious to see if I have any idea what I'm doing. I just got my first couple rolls developed and printed and I'm really happy with the results.
Because I do most of my sharing online, I usually get the negatives scanned and forego the prints, but considering tradition and the advice of Jim at Blue Moon Camera, I had prints made of these first few photos with this camera.
...but I still wanted to share, so I went a little meta, and took digital photos of the prints.
One thing I've learned already- I shouldn't have been so intimidated by this camera. It's big and mechanical and somewhat foreign, but all the same basic principles apply here. It's still shutter speed, aperture and film ISO.
One thing that was a little disconcerting, is the maximum Shutter speed of 1/500. When you are metering and want to shoot with your aperture fairly open, what do you do when the meter says you should be at 1/2000? The simple answer is you just shoot at 500 and everything will turn out fine within reason. Film has lots of headroom.
There is something magical about shooting with this camera. Looking down into the viewfinder is like nothing I've ever seen and it really does give you an immersive sense of what the final image will become. As soon as I opened the envelope and saw the first 2 prints – the ones from the beach – I was hooked. Now I just need to figure out the workflow to do this on an ongoing basis and keep the costs reasonable.
Luckily I've got a great lab with reasonable prices, but I'll probably figure out a way to scan my own negatives for convenience and cost if I'm going to shoot a lot of film.
The color prints were made with Kodak Ektar 100 and the black and whites with Kodak Tri X 400.
I also picked up 3 rolls of my favorite film thus far, Portra 400 and will be taking this kit to Maui next week.
So, my foray into medium format film = Success!
I've been thinking about, ruminating on, and saving money off and on towards a medium format kit for almost a year. I'd settled on the Hasselblad V system, but was thinking I'd need to start piecing the kit together over a few months while I hunted for just the right parts.
I was looking through my Twitter feed yesterday and saw that a local photographer I follow was selling this kit for a very reasonable price. I went and took a look and made the decision pretty quickly. Like a lot of older cameras (This body was made in 1972 and the back is from 1975.) there's a little maintenance needed before shooting.
Luckily these cameras are really solid mechanically and made to be easily maintained. One of the coolest things about the V system is that you can literally take off all the parts and the body at the middle is just a box. That means you can switch between viewfinders, backs and lenses easily and you just need a good solid body to get started. I've got a couple lenses, but will probably sell one of them as I'm hoping to settle on a one lens kit.
There's a light trap repair kit on the way and I'm hoping to put the first roll through it this weekend. So, there should be photos to show off in a few weeks.