The Hasselblad Manual

The Hasselblad Manual

by Ernst Wildi


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Readers will delve into the camera's enormous potential by examining their comprehensive range of lenses and accessories. Presented in an easily accessible format, this book shows not only the working and manipulation of individual cameras, but also gives insight into the ways in which these superb cameras, and the ancillary equipment, may be best applied. Detailed illustrations of the system dissect the equipment to show how it functions. The Hasselblad Manual also includes 80 photographs from well-known photographers, illustrating different photographic techniques using a Hasselblad camera.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780240806136
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/25/2003
Edition description: REV
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.44(h) x 0.99(d)

About the Author

Ernst Wildi is an independent writer and consultant to Hasselblad who has lectured all over the world on medium format photography. He has written several hundred articles on photography and filmmaking. His photographic work has won many international awards, and he is the recipient of the 1999 International Award from the American Society of Photographers.

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Ernst Wildi named 2003 American Society of Photographers International Award Recipient

Table of Contents

1The Medium Format1
The 4.5 [times] 6cm Format2
The Superslide Format2
The Panoramic Format3
2Hasselblad Cameras4
Component Interchangeability6
Hasselblad Shutter Lenses7
Manual or Motordriven Film Advance10
Hasselblad 500 Series Camera Models12
Hasselblad 200 Series Camera Models15
Hasselblad 2000/2003 Camera Models17
Hasselblad Superwide Camera models17
Hasselblad XPan Camera19
3Interchangeability of Components21
Removing and Attaching Lenses21
Removing and Attaching Film Magazines23
Removing and Attaching Viewfinders25
Changing Focusing Screens26
Changing Winding Cranks or Knobs27
The Auxiliary Shutter27
The Focal Plane Shutter27
Checking Camera Functions27
Bottom Plates and Tripod Sockets30
Camera Cases30
4Camera Operation32
The Operating Signals32
Focusing Hood32
Aperture and Shutter Speed Settings33
Time Exposures36
Distance Setting38
Focusing Apochromatic Lenses38
Releasing the Camera39
Operating the 201F Camera41
Prereleasing the Camera46
Use and Operation of the 503 CW Winder47
Holding and Supporting the Camera50
Handheld Photography50
Selecting and Using Tripods55
5Film Magazines59
Hasselblad Rollfilm Magazine Types59
Using Magazines64
Film Magazine 7069
Other Film Magazines and Equipment71
Use of and Applications for Polaroid Film Magazines72
6El Camera Models78
The Motordrive78
The Batteries on Newer Camera Models78
Nicad Batteries in Earlier Models80
Converting or Upgrading Cameras82
Releasing the Camera83
7Superwide Cameras87
Basic Camera Operation87
Leveling the Camera90
Focusing the Superwide Cameras91
Determining Exposure92
8The 200 Series Focal Plane Shutter Cameras94
Basic Operation94
Using the 200 Series97
Setting the Shutter Speed100
Making the Exposure103
The Metering Operation108
Exposure Modes110
The Zone System Theory115
Electronic Flash and Exposure118
9Focusing Screens and Viewfinders122
Focusing Screens122
Viewfinders to Improve Camera Steadiness127
Viewfinders for Accurate Focusing128
Selecting the Viewfinder136
Other Viewfinders and Some Basics143
Using the Prism Viewfinder's Exposure Metering System144
10Achieving Perfect Exposures147
Basic Metering Methods147
What to Expose For153
Type and Use of Different Metering Systems155
Advantages of a Camera or Prism Viewfinder Metering System157
Metering Methods of Built-in Metering Systems157
Metering Procedures160
The 205 Zone Mode in Color Photography165
Exposure with Filters and Accessories166
Exposure with the Superwide, the FlexBody, and the ArcBody167
Exposure with different Focusing Screens167
The PME 90 and PME 45 Meter Prism Viewfinders168
The PME 51 Meter Prism Viewfinder174
Discontinued Items for Exposure Metering174
Metering Approaches for a Few Special Subjects175
Double and Multiple Exposures176
11Controls for Exposure and Creating Images180
Controls for Exposure180
Exposure and Distance Setting181
Exposure Value Scal181
Controls for Creating Images183
Creative Use of Lens Aperture194
Selection of Shutter Speed196
12Characteristics and Use of Lenses200
Image-Forming Qualities200
Angle of View201
Area Coverage201
Covering Power202
Relative Illuminance203
Color Rendition203
Lens Quality204
Lens Design211
Characteristics and Use of Teleconvertors217
The PC-Mutar Teleconvertor220
Characteristics and Use of Zoom Lenses222
Type and Use of Fish-eye Lense224
Use and Care of Hasselblad Lenses226
Types and Use of Lens Shades228
Creative Use of Lenses229
13Use and Operation of the Flexbody and the Arcbody234
Camera Design234
The Tilt Control236
The Shift Control239
Close-up Photography with the FlexBody244
FlexBody or ArcBody?245
Viewing, Focusing, and Evaluating the Image245
Taking a Picture with the FlexBody246
Taking a Picture with the ArcBody248
Use and Operation of the Rodenstock Lenses249
14Use of Filters and Understanding Light251
Basic Types of Filters251
Combining Filters253
Exposure Increase253
Filter Engravings on Hasselblad Filters255
Color Quality of Light255
Polarizing Filters259
Partial Filtering262
Quality and Combination of Filters and Lenses262
Filters for Soft Focus Effects263
Maintenance of Filters265
Unusual Light Sources265
15Electronic Flash Photography270
On-Camera Flash270
Using Flash on Location272
Dedicated Flash273
Camera Operation with Flash277
Using Electronic Flash for Photographing People Outdoors282
Using the Electronic Flash for Indoor Work284
Producing Better Flash Illumination285
A Few Important Facts about Dedicated Flash285
Hasselblad D-Flash 40291
The Hasselblad ProFlash 4505293
The Hasselblad Macro Flash293
16Close-Up Photography294
Close-up Basics294
Using Proxar Close-up Lenses295
Extension Tubes and Bellows297
Depth of Field299
Teleconvertors for Close-up Work301
Reversing Lenses301
Hasselblad Cameras for Close-up Work301
Hasselblad Extension Tubes303
Use and Operation of the Hasselblad Bellows303
Attaching and Removing Extension Tubes and Bellows305
How to Use the Hasselblad Close-up Charts307
Special Close-up Applications307
High-Magnification Photography317
Photography Through the Microscope318
17Keeping Camera Equipment in Good Working Condition320
Maintenance Basics320
Working in Low Temperatures321
Selection and Care of Batteries322
Film Storage and Use at Different Temperatures323
Films and X-ray Checking Equipment323
18Older Hasselblad Camera Models324
Operating the 1000F and 1600F Cameras324
Operating the Original Superwide Camera326
19The Xpan Camera329
Image Format329
Film Processing and Printing329
Projecting Transparencies330
Lenses for the XPan Camera330
Camera Operation332
20Projecting Transparencies340
Protecting the Slides340
Slide Sizes and Slide Projection342
Use and Operation of the Hasselblad PCP80 Projector344

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