So of course after buying a brand new (to me) Hasselblad 500c/m I had to schedule a photoshoot immediately. Luckily I had been contacted by a wonderful model who was traveling through Portland by way of the Bay Area and we managed to figure out a good time to run through a few rolls of film on a Monday morning.
The day was incredibly overcast and my natural light was a bit limited. However, the house where she was staying had some decent sized windows that I was able to utilize. Even with 400 speed film my exposures were still down to about 1/15th of a second at f/2.8 and even a bit slower at f/4. As much as I tend to hate them I was was forced to use the tri-pod for most of the session. Thankfully, I now now that the mirror lockup on the Hasselblad body is incredibly easy to use!!
If this image is any indicator then it is so far so good. In what should be a surprise to absolutely nobody the Zeiss Planar is nice and sharp. I can even see the details on the bottom of the model’s feet, which is largely in the darker areas of the frame. Even more importantly, after only a few rolls of film I’m already feeling incredibly comfortable with the ergonomics of the 500c/m body. I will probably shoot a few more rolls of film with this camera and then I’ll be posting a full fledged review. For now, enjoy this first frame!