Latest available version of original design by Victor Hasselblad. New old stock shelf trophy. 500c/m even has some features that were removed in subsequent models. The 501c did away with body indicator, the locking release, the name plate on the accessory rail, and the chrome finish. This was a better camera.
Body is almost identical to the first 500c in'57, and first /cm model in'70. NOTE: these photos are compressed into oblivion. (1021st body made in this, the very last series of 500c/m) Lens: Carl Zeiss 80mm CF #7172973 Film magazine a12 version 3, #30es10267 (267th magazine of 1990) Focusing hood, waste level finder Magnifying glass 5x for focusing hood Focusing screen, with microprism Winding crank, removable fast winding type Body cap rear Body cap front Dark slide Lens cap front user manual Inspection cards for body and magazine from hasselblad.Inspection card for lens from Carl Zeiss Note for film magazine about change to version 3, inserted in user manual Cellophane for camera Styrofoam for box to hold camera Dessicant with hasselblad brand Protective outer sleeve for 500 Classic kit box. Condition: Mint including mint box with outer sleave. New camera kit with cf lens and a12 back, caps, boxes, book, inspection papers, cellophane, Styrofoam, dessicant with Hasselblad brand on it. Here is your chance to get a new 500.
Not many of these were saved unused. Was bought for a collection. Sat in camera cabinet, in box, in outer sleeve, with dessicant inside.
Film magazine shows no flaws or scratches. This is my favourite film magazine a12, which is the so called version 3, most attractive version of the a12, prior to the addition of the ugly plastic slide holder, which ruins curves of camera. And after the removal of the tacky molded pebble grain film tag window, whose grain never matches the fabric of the camera Body shows no flaws or scratches. After typing this, I took photos.
When removing the lens cap, one spec of dust landed in center of lens, and another one on the lens bezel. I did nothing to remove them.I had removed cap before with no dust ever getting on lens until now. I'll have to find my air blower get it off. No haze No fungus no separation No scratches or cleaning marks. Never fired since factory test. If you plan to use, I'm sure will work well. Many cameras from the 1960's sit for 25 years and still work well. You might want to have cla done, but I wouldn't unless the camera guy is trustworthy.
Personally, if I desired to have it serviced, I'd get on to Mr. David Odess' 6 months waiting list, and let him do it. But I wouldn't have it serviced yet. It's not like a delicate camera that's can break from use with lack of service, like a 1600f will..There is nothing to lose by using as is. It is not even due for service until about 7200 rolls of film go through it. (20 rolls/day or more is what they were made to do on average). Editorial: I love this machine.
Trying to get away from "things", and towards people. I want so much to use this camera, but (this sort of makes me a heretic) this should be saved as a rare new camera or used carefully and saved in mint condition. The real best thing for this camera is for it to be bought brand new in 2017, for the purpose of using now, as if it were still 1970 or 1957 or 1991 and you just got it at a hasselblad dealer like Willoughby's. To pretend that the world has not passed you by. Pretend the Hasselblad company had not gotten mismanaged by disinterested investors and almost killed, and then have its fundamental philosophy changed after 60 years, from guaranteed non-obsolescence and open technology to guaranteed obsolescence and closed technology, plus abandonment of service for products of young age(ie the 200 series) I love what the company was, and this camera reminds one of that.
It will last forever too. There will always be film available, plus dozens of digital backs including the new cfv-50c, which was made in 2010 to look like this camera. It's made in Sweden, and makes good pictures. (not as good as chromed projected with a pcp80, though). There are plenty of "collectors models" saved unused, but few regular ones, and this is the best one to have, the iconic to one.
But still with the quality of new. Not beat up for years. I don't see this being the case so much for a 503cxi for example. Its not the original one.
503cw's are still available as stock in some dealers, so they will always be in supply brand new. But, how many new 500c/m have you seen that were not gold plated or some type of pre made collectible? Most people won't be nostalgic about those, because they never had them, never made their art with them, never went through their best years in the trenches and made their livelihood with them. I only do this because there are folks who are the savage bottom feeders of society, use return privileges as a platform for committing fraud.
These folks have ruined humanity, instilling an automatic mistrust in all of us as a matter of course. The item "Hasselblad 500 classic kit BRAND NEW. 1990 Pre- 503cw" is in sale since Monday, April 24, 2017.This item is in the category "Cameras & Photo\Film Photography\Film Cameras". The seller is "pennoyere1" and is located in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped worldwide.