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Posted 5 years ago


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Produced from 1965-70 is one of the most, if not the most, iconic cameras in history.
Hasselblad was originally established in 1841 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Before the 500 EL was produced Hasselblad already had a long history of military, special application, and professional grade cameras. NASA was looking for a durable and versatile camera for space exploration and having a large inflence on upgrading the 500C resulted in the birth of the 500 EL (Hasselblad's first motorized camera). Known for the Apollo Moon Program, it is the only still photographic camera to have been on the moon and is reported that all 12 were left on the surface due to payload capacity issues. Only the 12 film backs returned. This would probably make those 12 the most expensive disposable cameras ever.
The EL pictured here is from 1969 and is outfitted with it's original Carl Zeiss Synchro Compur Sonnar 250mm lens and filter attachment adapter. Also included is the quick focus adapter handle, HC3-70 prism viewfinder, and 70mm film back. I purchsed this camera from a professional photographer with many accessories and instruction manual, all in a Pelican case (too much to add in pic).


  1. michaeln544 michaeln544, 5 years ago
    stunning-wish i had it in my collection!
  2. Henry Henry, 5 years ago
    Thank you michaeln544 and mustangtony.
  3. filmnet filmnet, 5 years ago
    I had an EL also had 2 lenses from this era a chrome 50mm and and an 80mm. They were so heavy and noise. I sell mine
  4. Henry Henry, 5 years ago
    filmnet thank you for commenting. There are several lenses to choose from available for the V series Hasselblads. I have the chrome 80mm, 125mm, and the 250mm you see in the pic. Yes it is a little heavy. Not as heavy as my Koni-Omegaflex M TLR. I will post it soon... I hope.
  5. Henry Henry, 5 years ago
    Thank you vetraio50
  6. zguy2112 zguy2112, 5 years ago
    GREAT camera, you even have a Zeiss lens to go with it. Too bad Film is dead, I sure do miss it! Nice piece for your collection.
  7. Henry Henry, 5 years ago
    Thank you artislove and zguy2112
  8. realthings realthings, 5 years ago
  9. Henry Henry, 5 years ago
    Thank you so much realthings
  10. Henry Henry, 5 years ago
    Thank you PhilDavidAlexanderMorris
  11. Henry Henry, 5 years ago
    Thank you JohnKratz and musikchoo
  12. Roycroftbooksfromme1 Roycroftbooksfromme1, 4 years ago
  13. minicooper712 minicooper712, 4 years ago
    You know, with that Sonnar on there (that is a Sonnar, right?), the 70mm back, and that finder, that looks a lot like an Apollo/NASA (NOT a lunar surface) camera. Great camera. I'm a bit jealous-my 500EL is jammed, so it sits on a shelf in my display case with a couple Hassie books.
  14. Henry Henry, 4 years ago
    Yes the lens is Sonnar and you are absolutely right. The modified EL's did not have the finder and was heavily insulated to reduce the threat of spark. The cosmetic features were quite different.Thank you for the love minicooper712.

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