Hasselblad 500 C

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The Hasselblad 500 C is perhaps the most iconic model of Hasselblad camera, introduced in 1957, and remaining in production until 1970. It represented a move away from the (sometimes troublesome) focal-plane shutter used in the Hasselblad 1600 F and 1000 F, and launched a lens system with optics by Carl Zeiss which included a sophisticated leaf shutter in the barrel of each. Offering film backs that could be interchanged in mid-roll, and with a complete modular system of viewfinders and accessories, this Hasselblad model established itself as a workhorse for professional photography.

The subsequent Hasselblad 500 C/M extended the modular concept to include its ground glass focusing screens, but was otherwise little changed—demonstrating the soundness of the original design concept. In fact the model series continued in essentially similar form right through the last V-series models such as the 503 CW, discontinued circa 2006.