Company history[ edit ] The company was established in in Gothenburg, Sweden, by Fritz Wiktor Hasselblad, as a trading company, F. Hasselblad and Co. The business was so successful that in , the photographic operations were spun off into their own corporation, Fotografiska AB. Operations included a nationwide network of shops and photo labs.
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The brand Hasselblad or Hassie in short has been synonym with amazing picture quality and workmanship as well as high flexibility. I can still remember the day clearly when I first collected the camera from the KLIA custom i got it off ebay.
Opening up the parcel with utmost care and assembling the camera part by part while in the car until it finally take shape is truly hard to forget. The cm as well as the rest of the Hassie are modular system cameras which allows user to mix and match the components whichever suits their needs. I have both the cm as well as cx and they are almost identical. The only difference between these two siblings is the cm the more down to earth brother while the cx come with palpas internal coating at shutter curtain and mirror chamber which supposed to have a slightly better light absorption.
Hence the cx has an ISO dial on the left side of the body as shown on the image on top. The clarity and brightness improved tremendously. I have also purchased a metered prim finder to go with it. I would highly recommend these two combination though the upgrade is not cheap. Prob will set you back around USD for one set. Starting with the body, the built quality and material used is indeed top notch. This Swedish made camera is cast out from an aluminum alloy body which is indeed very solid.
The Carl Zeiss Planar 80mm f2. What I love most about this lens is the creamy bokeh as well as the amazing color reproduction. The sharpness is good even wide open. I am starting to understand why Rolleiflex 2. All the Hassies lens have a locking EV value on the aperture ring and shutter speed ring hence changing depth-of-view F stop while maintaining the same exposure during middle of a shoot is really a breeze.
The Hassie fits perfectly into a Billingham Hadley Pro with two additional film backs being stored on the front pouches.
Just awesome! For first timer, using the Hassie is not an easy task. It needs to be aligned accordingly in the horizontal position in order to mount the lens correctly without damaging the camera. If the lens is removed when the shutter is not cocked, the cam on the lens will spring to the vertical position. You would have to use a small screw driver to turn the cam clock wise as per the arrow indication until the slot is aligned with the red dot on the left as per below diagram.
Only then you can mount the lens back to the camera body. Both indicator on the body as well as the film back needs to match as well in order to mount. I absolutely love this glass! I love the replacement accumatte focusing screen too. Cons : The body and lens coupling can be a little tricky for new user.
Make sure you spend time to read the user manual thoroughly before using it. Buying tips : The price for the cm has been escalating quite a fair bit for the past two years specially with the Zeiss 80mm f2. I foresee this particular model will appreciate it price and become more collectible as it is really well made and a true classic.
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