The Hasselblad name dates to 1841, when F.W. Hasselblad & Co. was established as an importing business in the highly trafficked port town of Gothenburg, Sweden. Years later, Victor Hasselblad, the great-grandson of the company’s founder, became an apprentice in the optical production industry in Dresden, Germany.

During World War II, Victor was approached by the Swedish government to produce a camera identical to one recovered from German forces, and soon had his own small factory producing military cameras. After the war ended, Hasselblad manufactured its first civilian camera, the medium format 1600F. Its name indicated the highest aperture speed setting (1/1600th) and shutter type (focal-plane), a classification system Hasselblad continued to use throughout its history.

Though these first cameras were critically acclaimed, their interior mechanisms were delicate and broke easily. The 1000F of 1952 fared much better, receiving a rave review from the influential American magazine "Modern Photography."

In 1957, Hasselblad began distributing a new 500C model, the design that would form the backbone of the company’s product line for the next 40 years. In addition to greater reliability than Hasselblad’s earlier models, the 500C included flash sync at all speeds, a shutter in every lens, and compatibility with eminent Zeiss lenses. The 500C quickly dominated other medium-format competitors.

Hasselblad cameras were some of the earliest into space, and have been taken aboard every NASA mission since 1962. The motor-driven Hasselblad 500EL/70 was used by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin Jr., forever preserving the first images of man on the moon.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Collection D'Appareils Photo

Collection D'Appareils Photo

While we couldn't read everthing - it's mostly in French - the images on this site speak for themselves. Its an ext… [read review or visit site]

Magic Mirror of Life

Magic Mirror of Life

Jack and Beverly Wilgus have put together a great trove of information and images of camera obscura-related photos … [read review or visit site]

Cameras and Co

Cameras and Co

An impressive collection of antique and vintage cameras, this site features high-resolution images of over 120 came… [read review or visit site]

George Eastman House

George Eastman House

This showcase of vintage cameras and photography is plainly designed, but the camera collection and related referen… [read review or visit site]

Antique Cameras D. Tristram Ludwig

Antique Cameras D. Tristram Ludwig

David Tristram Ludwig shares high resolution images of his in-depth personal collection of antique cameras, includi… [read review or visit site]



Clubs & Associations

Other Great Reference Sites

Most watched eBay auctions    

Hasselblad Xpan 35 Mm Rangefinder With 45 Mm LensLeaf Valeo 22mp Digital Back On A Hasselblad H1Carl Zeiss For Hasselblad V Makro Planar 4/120mm T* Lens - Lot #7068Hasselblad 500 Cm Medium Format Slr Film Camera With 80mm LensHasselblad 500c, 80mm Planar Lens And A12 Back Plus Extras, No Reserve!!!Hasselblad 500c Camera & Lens And 24 Back And Tripod MountHasselblad Hc 4/210 Telephoto 210mm F/4 Hc Auto Focus Lens For H CamerasHasselblad Hc 3.5/35 Wide Angle 35mm F/3.5 Hc Auto Focus Lens For H CamerasHasselblad Hc 3.2/150 Telephoto 150mm F/3.2 Hc Autofocus Lens For H CamerasHasselblad 553 Elx W/waist Leveler And Film Back - Lot #6827Hasselblad 500cm W/ 80 2.8 T* Lens A12 Back Medium Format Film Camera No ReserveHasselblad Hc 3.5/50 Wide Angle 50mm F/3.5 Hc Auto Focus Lens For H CamerasImacon 343 Flextight HasselbladHasselblad Carl Zeiss Distagon 4,0/40mm T* Cf LensHasselblad 501 Cm Film Camera + 80mm F/2.8 Zeiss Planar Lens + A12 6x6 Back MintHasselblad H2 Camera Body With Hv 90x Viewfinder And Extra BatteryHasselblad 503cw Gold Supreme 50th Anniversary Camera Kit - MintHasselblad 500c Medium Format Film Camera--full Kit + Extras!Vintage/collectible Hasselblad 500c With 80mm Cf Lens And Two 12 BacksHasselblad 1600f Camera W/tessar Zeiss80mm F/2.8 Lens,film Backs & Case*auction*Hasselblad ExpanPhase One H20 Digital Back For HasselbladZeiss Distagon 50mm F4.0 Lens For Hasselblad CamerasHasselblad Chrome 50mm F4 T* Lens Hasselblad 500 Cm Medium Format Film CameraHasselblad Hc 120mm F4.0 Macro Lens For Hasselblad H1 CameraHasselblad 500c Medium Format Slr Film Camera With 80mm & 150mm Lenses + ExtrasHasselblad Hc 2.2/100 Normal 100mm F/2.2 Hc Auto Focus Lens For The H CamerasHasselblad H System Cf Lens Adapter/43500/open Box/$1Zeiss Distagon 50 Mm Lens For HasselbladHasselblad 500cm Medium Format Camera Body W/ Waist Level - 500 C/mHasselblad Film Back Hm 16-32 For 120/220 Film For H Series CamerasPhase One Lightphase 6mp Hasselblad Series Digital Back -for Parts / As-isUsed Phase One P30+ Digital Back Hasselblad H Moun+battery And ChargerHasselblad A12 120 Back / Film Magazine 30074Domke F-5xb Medium Shoulder Belt Bag - Sand $1 Nr Clean! Camera Leica HasselbladHasselblad Super Wide CPhase One H25 Digital Back - Hasselblad V MountCarl Zeiss For Hasselblad V Planar 2.8/80mm T* Lens - Lot #7063Hasselblad H2 Medium Format Film CameraHasselblad 501cm | 80 2.8 Cf T* | 150 4 Cf T* | 50 4 T* Fle | 2 X A12 6x6 | Pme5Carl Zeiss Hasselblad Distagon 4/40 T* Cf 40mm F/4 Lens With CoversHasselblad 500c/m Camera BodyHasselblad A12 6x6 120mm Film Magazine - In BoxHasselblad Hc 35 Mm F/3.5 LensHasselblad H Series 1.7 Tele ConverterHasselblad Cf 120 Mm F/4.0 Ex Cf LensZeiss Sonnar 250mm F/5.6 Lens For HasselbladHasselblad 40mm F/4 Cf T* Distagon LensKowa Six "japanese Hasselblad", Kowa F2.8/85mm Lens, W.l.finder,cap, Very NiceZeiss Sonnar 150 Mm F/ 4 Lens For HasselbladHasselblad Camera 500 C/mHasselblad 500c 500 C Camera BodyHasselblad 500el/m Medium Format Slr Film Camera BodyHasselblad 500 CHasselblad 50mm F/4.0 Distagon Cf Fle LensHasselblad 2000fc Chrome Camera Body +a12 Film Back CleanHasselblad Carl Zeiss Planar Cf 2,8/80 T* Lens 80mmHasselblad Accessory AssortmentHasselblad A12 Film Back (black)