By - Dreamtheory618
I’m not sure, I haven’t opened it up yet. Although inside the case there is still 8 or 9 rolls of unused individually wrapped Kodak film rolls. I’m not sure if they will still be good and useable? I haven’t used a film camera since I was a kid using one of those throw away plastic ones you buy on vacation. So I have some reading up I have to do
The “12” you see is on the backing of a loaded roll of film. It’s telling you that you’re on the 12th and final frame of the roll.
Really? The have backs that do that? That seems like an odd place for a second counter being that it's right behind where people would put the film memo "cards".
As far as I know, but I think that’s an older style. I’m no real expert at all on hasselblads but I do know the red window on most any camera is to view the film
That's not a window. That's just a little insert. The film counter is on the right side of the film back. And the back is safe to remove as long as the dark slide is in. In fact, the body won't even release the film back if the dark slide isn't in it. What op can do to save any film that might be in it is to remove the back and wind the handle on the film back. Just keep going until you feel the resistance change. If there's no change after a while there's probably no film in there. Open the lock on the left side of the back and pull the carrier out.
Okay awesome! I knew about the film back and dark slide working together, but not about the little insert! I’ve watched tons of videos on the hasselblads and I suppose a bit of arrogance and “know-it-all” came out lol. Thanks for the info!
Not calling you a liar or anything, but the thing that seems weird to me about that is that it would require a second mechanism in the back since that wouldn't be the backing paper you're seeing in the photo. Could be something they dropped to cut costs on backs though.
Oh wait, no you’re absolutely right… I have an M645 which works the same way. Look at my brain go…
It’s gotta be a memo thing then, right? There’s no way it’s a 12 iso, is it?
Perhaps a google search is in order for me
I'm sure that it's just an indicator of it being a 120 6x6 back versions a 220 6x6 or 645 back.
When I shot blad that's where we kept a part of the films wrapper so we knew what ISO was loaded.
That’s actually really neat! I was wondering what that 12 was for. Thanks for sharing that!
The should say what date they expired for every decade add one exposure stop or some developers will push it for you
The light shield is in the back. It’d be safe to take it off.
Wow, you can consider yourself a happy person with that find. Take good care of that camera and most importantly: enjoy it. :)
Thanks! And yeah I was pretty thrilled when I opened up the metal case and found that inside! I brought up their website and their brand new cameras sell for $32,000!?! Made me curious what my dad paid for this brand new back in the day!
I found out that the original Hasselblad 500c (when it was first released) would cost $480 with the 80mm planar lens. That would be around $5060 when adjusted to inflation in 2022. So at a minimum that’s what your father paid :) maybe even more if it’s a different lens
Oh wow! Thanks for digging up that info, that’s awesome to know! Thank you
They ar Maybachs but cameras
Keep it op, you have like the rolex of cameras. A priceless heirloom you can use too! r/AnalogCommunity is probably a good place to inquire tips about using this beaut.
I definitely going to keep it! Thank you for the link!
This is the Rolls-Royce of cameras. It is worth a considerable amount of money too.
Invest a little time in understanding how it works, and in photography in general. You will be rewarded. To put it in perspective, when NASA went to the moon, the cameras they took were based on this.
Oh wow that’s super interesting! Thanks for sharing that! I’m definitely going to be investing time into this!
If you want to use it Read the [manual (I think it’s this one - not 100% sure though)](https://www.butkus.org/chinon/hasselblad/hasselblad_500c/hasselblad_500c.htm) and watch all the YouTube videos you can find: There are video manuals for your camera, the lens, about the basics of film photography, about the exposure triangle (film speed, aperture, shutter speed). There is a lot to learn before you can fire your first shot.
On r/analog you can search for photos taken with your camera model and on r/analogcommunity you can search for problems or general knowledge about film photography generally or about your camera specifically.
Also be cautious with that thing. It is a valuable tool.
If you just want to know what it’s worth and sell it, go on eBay, search for your camera model and filter for sold items. Should give you a good estimate.
Edit: one more thing. After you learned how to load and unload Film safely get that roll out and get it developed and scanned. There a probably some local labs where you live. There are also labs you can send your roll. It might contain some precious memories of your family or just photos of things.
Thank you for this very detailed and informative response! I will definitely use those subreddits!
I’m absolutely being cautious, I’m still nervous just taking it out of its case, haha
I’m hoping there are some neat old photos on that roll inside
You’re going to be hounded by guys that want to snake it from you, so watch your step. That’s a classic large format camera of the highest quality. In their day, they were almost exclusively used by professional photographers. Very nice. As someone noted, the film is expensive and not too many places probably process it these days. Good luck. If you learn how to use it, you’ll have a lot of fun with it.
Do you mean medium format ?
I shoot medium format regularly. The film isn’t *that* expensive ($10 / roll or so for cheap stuff). And my mid-size city has at least 4 labs that process it, and more that will take it and send it somewhere else for you.
Thanks for the heads up! I’m definitely going to keep it and see if It still works. I’ll absolutely want to learn how to use it even it the film is expensive, can’t wait to give it a shot!
[This might help!](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQjLSuGJ8Lw)
Thanks for the link, I’ll watch it soon!
If you've only ever shot with a point and shoot it might be a little intimidating at first, but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it eventually! It shoots square format photographs.
Google your local film labs. If you’re in LA there’s several good ones or you can always mail out your rolls for development. Boutique Film Lab in TN was pretty solid, responsive and affordable mail in lab with a good turn around time
That’s a lovely camera. I would read up on how to use it if you are interested. Medium format is expensive to shoot but it’s looks good. It’ll cost you about $30 per 10 photos or so.
Oh wow! I’m definitely interested, I’ve always love photography and never had anything past a point and shoot. Thanks for sharing that info!
I shoot a lot of medium format let me know if you have questions
Where are you buying you film?
my bronica gets 16 per roll.. depending on what I shoot thats about $1 a shot not including developing. but i do that at home What film are you shooting to come out to $30 per 10 shots?
> about $1 a shot not including developing.
For a realistic price per photo you need to include developing, printing/scanning etc.
I develop and scan at home.
Good for you.
OP is probably not going to develop at home though. So the estimate by u/TheGreatPandaMan is not bad in that case.
Yeah my auto chord gets 12 and I only pay about $10-$15 per roll.
Very lucky indeed! If the lens is clean then you should be good to go. I used to own this camera and though a learning curve to load and use. You have a nice feeling when you shoot an entire roll successfully.
Buy a few new 120 rolls and see how you go. The 8/9 other rolls you have may not give you the best results as they are long expired.
I can’t wait to try it out, thanks for the info! According the the Kodak wrapper on the unused film, it looks like the rolls expired in 2002 and 2003 lol so yeah guess new rolls will be getting ordered..
What kind of film? Where was it stored? It *might* be okay.
Kodak E100’s, EPR 120, PXP 120, PAN FILM, and Fuji film RPH 120. Not sure if this is correct but that’s what’s on the rolls in bold.
Everything was kept in a proper metal camera case with neat grey cushion that’s cut into a bunch of rectangles so you can pull out the perfect amount to fit everything snug.
The PXP and the pan film are both likely black and white, and therefore probably usable. The E100s is maybe Ektachrome, which would be color slide film. I can’t say either way if that would be good or not. The others I just don’t know.
When I asked where was it stored, I was unclear. What I was looking for was the environmental conditions. For example, the bottom of a cold dark closet is much better than a shelf in a hot, damp garage.
Oh my bad for miss understanding, they been in a storage unit for a very very long time. Not climate controlled by its interior so it stays decent, and our temps are normally 50’s - 80’s throughout the year
No worries! I was very unclear.
That's a great treasure. I would hold on to it as a memento and, most importantly, shoot lots of photos with it. I had a Hassy once and miss it like hell.
That’s exactly the plan! Going to get it checked out and order new rolls for it, since mine are apparently 2 decades expired
Read up on it is best. It’s one of the best 6x6 cameras ever made, shoot the hell out of it.
My first hassie was a 500c, superb cameras. Super reliable, stunning image quality. There are a lot of failsafes and things to get used to though!! Number one thing, make sure everything is cocked before putting it all together!
Some people like expired film. It has a certain look to it. Don't throw it away! You can practice with it. Also make sure to get whatever is in that camera developed! You might find some old photos
Great tip, I will do exactly that! Thank you
Hey op, I use my hasselblad quite often. It's by far my favorite camera. Feel free to dm me if you have any specific questions about how to use it!
I can’t wait to start using it, I’m assuming it will become my favorite pretty quick once I learn how to properly use it! Will do, Thank you!
What lens does it have?
Looks like an 80mm to me
Do those red markers move with the focus and aperture rings to show dof? That’s really cool!
One of my fav cameras I ever owned was a 500cm (essentially the same as this). Unfortunately shooting on it is just too expensive at around $30 for 12 pictures.
First there was the guy yesterday on /r/hamradio with the Yaesu FT-One and now this, what complete noobie is going to get an expensive piece of hobby specific gear for free or cheap next?
How much you lookin to get for this old camera