First impressions regarding Hasselblad 2000FC/M
I must admit, i’m not a huge Hasselblad fan, most of the time I think abot them as overated pieces of equipment. However, this is not the case with Hasselblad 2000FC/M.
Most of the time, medium format cameras use leaf shutter inside the lens, but not this Hasselblad. 2000FC/M is unlike any other medium format camera, shooting at speeds up to 1/2000, just like it’s name suggests. One of my favorite film is Kodak tmax 400, but on a regular medium format camera you can’t shoot in full sun wide open, we we all love that shallow depth of field. I don’t really shoot wide open most of the times, but with hasselblad and it’s stellar optics I can do that, and it’s magnificent.
Leaf vs focal plane shutter
Focal plane shutter has it’s advantages, just as i’ve mentioned before, but sometimes leaf shutters cant be better. 1/500 maxim shutter speed makes us close the aperture, so we’re decreasing the chances of missing focus. If 1/500 is the maximum shutter speed on a leaf shutter, can you gues the maximum flash sync? Indeed, it’s 1/500, unlike 1/30 , 1/60 or 1/125 on some focal plane cameras. Focal plane shutter means that a broken shutter on the body makes the camera useless. In this particular case , hasselblad went with a electronic focal plane shutter, so make sure you have batteries so you can operate the camera.
Using the Hasselblad 2000FC/M
I had no issues on the field with this camera, it’s weight feels just right, and all the knobs and butons are well placed. Unlike other hasselblads the focus ring is far away from the body, whick makes it way easier to operate. Another huge improvement is the shutter speeds and aperture not linked together. I find that very frustrating, and that’s one of the reasons i don’t realy like hasselblads.
This is the main reason i love Hasselblads. You can never go wrong with Zeiss glass. The contrast, the sharpness, the color, everything abot this glass is amazing. The Hasselblad 2000FC/M lenses do not have an internal shutter, like the other mechanical hasselblads.
This is not a cheap camera, you can find it on ebay for 1500 dollars or lessm if you’re lucky enough. For that price, you can find many other cameras, but this is one that worh every penny.
The 2000FC/M Hasselblad is pure joy.The operations is intuitive,the optics stunning, the fastest shutter speed is impressive, and it’s size/weight ratio is just perfect. All this makes the Hasselblad 2000FC/M one ofbest 6×6 cameras money can buy.