The company is best known for the classic medium-format cameras it produced since World War II.
For Hasselblad Masters, see Hasselblad Masters Award. Victor Hasselblad AB is a Swedish manufacturer of medium-format cameras, photographic equipment and image scanners based in Gothenburg, Sweden.
For lenses prior to 1980, a three or four digit date code is stamped at the back of the lens, just inside the mount.
The last two digits represent the month, the first one or two digits represent the number of years after 1957.
The new model name 500C reflects the fastest shutter speed and the shutter type, already an established practice: a 1/500th second and the Central lens shutter made by Compur.
The new camera, the first in the long lasting 6x6cm series (named the V-series after Hasselblad started marketing the 6x4.5cm Fuji cameras ), comprising the 500, SWC, 2000 and 200 range of cameras, was received with skepticism.
It was a major decision for the company to create a completely new camera, only keeping the physical shape of the original, while everything inside would be new.
The company was established in 1841 in Gothenburg, Sweden, by Fritz Wiktor Hasselblad, as a trading company, F. Hasselblad's corporate website quotes him as saying I certainly don’t think that we will earn much money on this, but at least it will allow us to take pictures for free.Hasselblad Historical has more detail on how to find the number and how to read lenses manufactured in 1980 and later. Perhaps the most famous use of the Hasselblad camera was during the Apollo program missions when humans first landed on the Moon.X1D series launches with the X1D-50c, essentially an adapted-for-mirrorless version of its HDC-50c, and two new lenses specifically designed for the X1D's mount, dubbed the X mount.An interesting side note is the reason it took so long for the camera to become a reality.Both the lens shutter concept associated with less advanced 35mm SLR cameras, and the moderate top speed of 1/500th of a second worried the critics. Very short exposure time is easily and more accurately obtained using strobe light, in the studio anyway.The original model stayed in production until 1970.The US prices convert to £7,685 and £9,520, or AU,975, AU,040 and AU,640.) Though the company is shipping the lenses for the X1D, it will also offer an H lens adapter so that you can use all of Hasselblad's H-mount lenses with it.Keep in mind that using the larger lenses can defeat the purpose of the compact mirrorless body.Medium format cameras are usually something we only ever talk about, but don't use.Hasselblad's latest, the H6D, isn't going to reduce the bulk or expense associated with medium format shooting, but it's making the category a whole lot more practical.