Hasselblad 501CM Focusing Difficulties – Potential Fix

So I've owned a Hasselblad 501CM for about 5 years now. It's a great camera. I love it. But....I have been frustrated for some time with "near miss" focus problems and I recently read a fantastic article at Matthew Osborne Photography (MrLeica.com) that may be the answer to my problems. So my camera has the Waist Level Finder and I also have a 45 degree prism, the latter being bought as a result of me asking questions to the

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My entry to the ‘Millennium Hotels – Through the Lens’ Competition

I'm not really one for photography competitions anymore. With all the digital goings on, and Photoshop this-and-that, a 'basic' film photograph always seem to get overlooked. But I saw this competition in the "Millennium Hotels - Through the Lens" competition and thought I'd submit my waterfall photo. You never know...the judges might like it! http://whatson.millenniumhotels.co.uk/through-the-lens/picture/1526 Millennium Hotels Through the Lens Photo Contest It got accepted at least, which is the first hurdle. Now I just need to see

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A Film Photographers Answer to Carrying Film During a Shoot

For a recent wedding shoot in Italy, I decided I needed a better solution to holding unexposed and exposed together in my camera bag, which, when it contains a myriad of Hasselblad equipment, is far from being light! So I searched for a "film belt" of sorts without much success. In the end I decided two "bum bags" or "fanny packs" might be appropriate. In my hunt for some suitable ones, I was plagued with failure after visiting several sports


My recommendation for UK Photographic Film Supplies

As an exclusively film photographer, one question I get asked a lot is "where do you get the film from these days" and "isn't it expensive". So I thought I'd write this to help other UK photographers wishing to obtain good quality, non-expired film. There are three suppliers I'd like to mention but two of them I have used more exclusively than the remainder. Firstly, there is Calumet Photographic. Calumet are one of the big guns in professional photography retail,

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Carl Zeiss Softar Filters I, II and III

I recently acquired the need for a quality filter to help with a forthcoming wedding commission. When it comes to any visual element of photography equipment, I am a bit of a snob. Carl Zeiss lenses are the world finest lenses so when it comes to filters, the only contenders to consider are Lee or Carl Zeiss. I already own the Lee Kit with 3 ND grads and the filter holder, making it useful for both Hasselblad and Nikon work.


GRES – a UK V-System Hasselblad Service Centre

Many UK V-System Hasselblad shooters struggle to find reputable service centres these days. I know of only two or three, and I write here to recommend a great one - Graham Rose who trades under the name of GRES.co.uk He is very knowledgeable about all things Hasselblad and services a body, lens and back for a little under £200 (as of 2016). If you rely on your Hasselblad, it's worth sending it to him from time to time for

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Kinder Downfall Trip – Sadly not as I had hoped!

In January 2016 my friend and I trekked up to the near innaccessible (in winter) awesome waterfall known as Kinder Downfall. It's positioned right up on the plateau of the Peak District and in winter, it is harsh up there! I went in the hop of finding the waterfall in a semi frozen state - I was hoping for ice either side but with a torrent of running water in the middle. After climbing Jacobs Ladder and passing Edale

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