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    Anyone familiar with Hasselblad cameras?

    I inherited my dad's Hasselblad 500c camera (interestingly - the date code is my birth year: 1969). I see that 120 film is available but 220 is not. It has a Zeiss 80mm Planar lens. The camera has 4 film backs: two 12 exposure (uses 120 film I believe), one 22 exposure (uses 220 film from what I've found but can use 120 as well), and one 70mm 70 exposure film back (found very little info other than a few posts which indicate that I need a dark room and I need to know how to DIY to load it by cutting down 100 foot rolls and rolling them into the spools). I have several other accessories.

    Questions: where do you buy your film? Where do you have it developed? Can anyone give me info on the 70mm film back? Not much info when I googled it.

    I see that digital film backs are available but I would have to mortgage my house to buy one - ouch!


    My dad did wedding photography on the side. He bought this camera in the 1980s from a coworker for a song. I tried to sell it on ebay 10 years ago and no takers at $500. Now, I see them going for $1000 - $1500 which surprised me since I thought film was pretty much discontinued. Dad had it factory refurbished in the early to mid 2000s, used it once afterwards, and now it is mine.
    Last edited by 58limited; August 11, 2020, 06:17 PM.

    #2
    When I shot film, this is where I went for advice:

    https://www.photrio.com/forum/


    This might also be good:

    https://www.largeformatphotography.info/forum/

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      #3
      Never had th bucks fer, but know em as legendarily Great cameras...

      This article
      https://www.history.nasa.gov/apollo_photo.html

      might lead ya to some more info on th 500's; if not, it's still purty dang educational, an cool
      Last edited by Mr. Bones; August 11, 2020, 10:48 PM.

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        #4
        First place I would look for film and parts is https://www.bhphotovideo.com They still sell a lot of film stock for older cameras.

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        • Donw
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          I have acquaintances who still shoot film back cameras and I have heard them mention https://northcoastphoto.com for processing

        #5
        Back in the day, I lusted after that camera. I was gonna suggest a digital back, but you have already seen the price for them.

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          #6
          Never owned one but fantastic camera's. I agree with others. B&H Photo is a great place to start.

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            #7
            It was the Mercedes of cameras. You had to have serious cash to buy one & you didn’t get it to do family pics.

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