Hasselblad 6x6 SLR system
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There can be circumstances that you want to get even more picture quality then even the best 35mm format lenses can give to you on that little piece of film. The limiting factor is more the film size than the lenses. After some missed tries (Seagull 6x6 TLR, Dacora Digna, Iloca Reporter Folding cameras) I wanted to finally solve the following question for me.

Is it worth for me to use a medium format (6x6cm) camera?

The only answer I found after all the previous disadvantages. Try a Hasselblad. If the Hasselblad Carl Zeiss lenses wouldn't give the desired picture quality what else should?

So my next attempt towards better picture quality was a Hasselblad 500C/M with its highly praised Carl Zeiss Oberkochen glass. 

My Hasselblad 500C/M with Magazine 12, Planar 2.8 80mm and folding focusing hood 

And yes, from the first film roll on I got what I not even had imagined. The four lenses (Distagon 1:4 50mm, Planar 1:2.8 80mm, Planar 1:3.5 100mm and Sonnar 1:4 150mm) I use, perform even better than expected. Till now I never had a camera that could produce pictures really comparable to the Hasselblad Carl Zeiss glass. 

I immediately understood why so many pro's use the Hasselblad Carl Zeiss glass... 

When there is dream weather out there and I go for a photo walk (most often with my dog) then my decission is clear. The Hasselblad is with us!

I for now use the following Hasselblad equipment:

Body 500C/M
3xMagazine 12
Carl Zeiss Distagon 4 50mm
Carl Zeiss Planar 2.8 80mm
Carl Zeiss Planar 3.5 100mm (yes the legendary moon landing lens and also the sharpest lens I have ever seen!)
Carl Zeiss Sonnar 4 150mm
Carl Zeiss Proxar f=0,5m (for close up's)

Hasselblad Carl Zeiss C Planar 1:2.8 f=80mm 
used 30 years in a photo studio but glass like new!


Hasselblad Carl Zeiss Distagon 1:4 f=50mm 
heavy used but glass like new!


Hasselblad Carl Zeiss Proxar f=0.5m 
used for great close ups with the Planar lenses.


This fully mechanical (it doesn't even have a battery) camera was built in the year 1974. The 1974 Planar 2.8 80mm lens has the fine T* coatings (as my dealer stated) although it is not marked with it what a direct comparison with a CF Planar 2.8 80mm T* convinced me (yes they are optical identical).

For light metering I use my Gossen as I did all the years before with my Minolta system.

The Hasselblad system in my opinion has the following advantages:

Absolute superb picture quality with the interchangeable Carl Zeiss lenses.
Outstanding mechanical precision and durability.
Interchangeable film magazines for 120 and 220 film too, with 6x6cm or 6x4.5cm format and important the 6x4.5cm is in landscape orientation. No problem to change from color negativ to color slide or black and white whenever you want.
Central shutters are quiet, reliable and also produce a minimum of vibration. 
Full 1/500s flash synchronisation also due to the central shutters in the lenses (much more important for a 6x6cm than with 35mm cameras).
Needs simply no battery.
SLR, you see what you get even in close up's.
View finder shows nearly 100% of the picture (compared to 60% to 70% of a Kiev 60 or Pentacon six).
Folding focusing hood can be exchanged by prism viewfinder if needed.
Interchangeable ground-glass plates.
Mirror and auxiliary shutter pre release to reduce camera shake to a minimum (much more important with the 6x6cm than with 35mm cameras).
Surprising good carriable (for a 6x6cm camera) because of compact and leightweight aluminium construction.

All in all a really professional tool, I have learned to love!

I know for sports shooting I use and will further use my digital cameras.

For quick shooting tasks where I don't need superb picture quality I'd stay with my 35mm Minolta's.

But, whenever

I had the time to extract the tripod, measure and analyse the light,
move it centimeter exactly to the one and only right position
 and want to shoot architecture, landscapes or portaits
 in the best possible quality there is no doubt!

Its a task for the


You cannot compare the feeling when you press the shutter release button
 of this dream camera.

You begin to imagine what the superb Carl Zeiss optics
 will record to the film.

And the results not seldom exceeded
my best imaginations! 

My Hasselblad 500C/M with Carl Zeiss Planar 1:2.8 80mm in my hand.
Photo taken with Hasselblad in left and Epson PhotoPC 3000Z in my right hand.