Hasselblad 2000 FC

A few weeks ago I had no idea what the Hasselblad V system consisted of. I knew the 500 series are the iconic cameras that everyone recognises. What I didn’t know was the existence of the 2000 and 200 series with their focal plane shutters.

So what does this mean? Well, in the 500 series the shutter is inside the lens rather than in the body of the camera. While in the 2000 and 200 series, the shutter is in the body of the camera and this allows them to have a top shutter speed of 2000th of a second compared to 500th of a second in the 500 series.

When I was looking around for lenses for my 500C/M camera I was seeing F and FE lenses for sale that were typically a stop faster than the C versions. I’m not going to pretend that I know why this is from a technical standpoint. What was frustrating was seeing these faster lenses but knowing they are no good to me as they do not work on the 500 series cameras. So, I started to look around for a cheap 2000 series camera.

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And I found one at Mr Cad.

You may well ask why am I obsessed with fast glass. It isn’t for the bokeh. The truth is that in the short grey days of a UK winter there really is no option but to use fast glass if you don’t want to lug around a lighting rig.

Now that I have both types of camera these faster lenses are now an option for me. If I can find one for sale, I would love to have the 110mm f2.

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