Hasselblad Zeiss Planar 110mm f2

I saw on an online auction site the sale of a Hasselblad Zeiss Planar 110mm f2 lens. It was being sold by a German seller and the price they were asking for it was much less than the Japanese dealers. However, there was a reason for the low price. This lens is stuck wide open and would need repair.

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The seller was open to offers and I wasn’t expecting my £250 less than the asking price to be accepted. They accepted it pretty quickly and I now regret not asking more off. I wish that I had as there is also a bill of £165 by the courier company for the import now the UK is out of the EU.

Why buy a broken lens you ask? Well, I have seen in forums and elsewhere that it is a well known problem for this lens to get stuck. My thinking is why pay for a lens at double the price if there is a high chance of it breaking in the future. I’m going to be shooting wide open most of the time so wouldn’t really be stopping it down. Besides, I have the 150mm f4 if I needed a smaller aperture.

I have no idea how much it will cost to repair and won’t investigate it until things are a bit more normal.

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Still haven’t shot a roll of film with the lens so I won’t know if I have brought a lemon.

10 April 2021 The film has come back from the lab and here is one of those frames.

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There is some slight movement in the aperture blades from f2 to f2.8 but from the testing I did it makes very little difference to the exposure. So we are all good.

However, there is some light leak on the film. I don’t know if it is a bad roll of film or if it is the film back that has a broken seal. I know it is not the camera body as the light leak is in between the frames on the film.

What I will do now is to try out a different roll of film to eliminate that as a factor. But if it is the film back it is supposed to be relatively easy fixing it so I may give it a go.

19 April 2021 Putting a new roll of film into the back I was last using has also given me some light spots on the developed film. They are in the exact same positions as before, so it is pointing more to a broken seal in the film back.

Going to try the other back I have just to be certain there isn’t an issue with the camera.

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