I finally figured out why I struggle focusing the Hasselblad 503CX. I cheated by chiming with the digital back to confirm focus. The culprit is the mirror not sitting at a perfect 45 degree. When I focus there’s a lot of play where the image is sharp. Comparing that to the Rolleiflex and the Bronica, there’s no such play. It’s either you’re in focus or not in the finder.
I was in denial for the longest time about the possibility of repairing my mint 503CX. I can’t just send it in for repairs since it is my main camera so I did the next best thing. Buy another Hasselblad! And that’s how we got to the title of this post.
I found an eBay seller that is also a Hasselblad Certified Specialist – Joe Vieira. He sells camera bodies and lenses but they are all CLA’d. He even post photos when they are disassembled and lubricated. One of the things he explained is that most of what goes to eBay are not serviced. It make sense because I only saw a few that mentions about CLA/Serviced and they make it a point and show receipt or service/repair done with their listings. So I wanted to make sure that my next Hasselblad will not have any of the focusing issues from before and went ahead and purchase a Hasselblad 500C/M with a upgraded winder crank and multi coat C 80mm 2.8 Planar. Though the front face of the lens doesn’t display T* for multi coating, Joe swapped the front glass with a multicoat.
Shot with Leica typ 113.