Dating a hasselblad lens

19-Sep-2017 10:09

I tested my four lenses (50,80,150 and 250) and found the 80 and 150 are stellar from center to corner.

But the 50 is only useable at f16 and 22, and the 250 has terrible CA in the corners, and even some in the center. I wonder if it is better to purchase a lens with a later serial number? I see the newest lenses have serial numbers of 88 and 89. You can compare Zeiss data here: and Capture One can remove lateral chromatic aberration 'automagically' by checking a checkbox.

Keep in mind if you have an EL or EL/M there will be a third letter, indicating motor driven.

(“E” for electric)…I believe this is true up to 1978 or so…they may have used a W for the superwide bodies.

Trivia: The International Fixed Calendar was known as the Cosworth Plan in England, and the Eastman Plan in the United States, and was the official calendar of the Eastman Kodak Company from 1928 to 1989.

by Karen Nakamura The Hasselblad 500 series is a very successful line of single-lens reflex medium format cameras made by the Hasselbald Corporation of Sweden, using German-made Carl Zeiss lenses with built-in leaf shutters.

It uses 120 roll film that offers superior image quality over the 35mm format.

The 500cm was one of the V series cameras designed by Victor Hasselblad.

The earlier lenses are date marked as follows: C Lenses You can tell the age of C and C T* lenses from the three or four digit code marked in red on the lens rear barrel.

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