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Fun with the Hasselblad 907x

ajayc

New member
Some from San Francisco, CA. I am still figuring out downsizing and sharpening methods work for web sharing. The quality of the images that appear here is not what I see with the raw files or my final output. If any of you wonderful people have any techniques and willing to share, I will be much obliged. Thank you.

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Ferry Building Farmers Market

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the Bay bridge, San Francisco.
 

Godfrey

Well-known member
This is a first little set of photos made with the XCD 90mm f/3.2 on my neighborhood walk in Santa Clara the other day. My custom grip setup really helps me hold the camera still, the lens is delightful to use as well!

Hedge


Electrical Box


Lock and Fence


Cyclist


Surreptitious Listening


Fence Lines


Pickets


Bursting Out Greenery


Feeder


Flag


Poppy


Photos can be seen (at higher resolution) on Flickr: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUcnzJY

I hope you enjoy! Comments always appreciated. :)

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Godfrey

Well-known member
Not technically 907x, but 500CM with the CFVII 50c ...
I decided to run a roll of film through the A16 back I acquired for my Hasselblad 500CM and, on a lark, I figured I'd carry the digital back (CFVII 50c) as well and trade off between them for a few photos illustrating the differences.

I'm only about half way through the roll of film so I'll finish that up another day, but of course I looked at the photos made on the digital back immediately. This one appealed to me...


Flamingo Hunt - Santa Clara 2021
Hasselblad 500CM + CFVII 50c + Planar 80mm f/2.8 T*
ISO 400 @ f/8 @ 1/60

enjoy!
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Godfrey

Well-known member
Not technically 907x, but 500CM with the CFVII 50c ...
I decided to run a roll of film through the A16 back I acquired for my Hasselblad 500CM and, on a lark, I figured I'd carry the digital back (CFVII 50c) as well and trade off between them for a few photos illustrating the differences.

I'm only about half way through the roll of film so I'll finish that up another day, but of course I looked at the photos made on the digital back immediately. This one appealed to me...
Following up... When I re-fitted the A16 back to the 500CM on Sunday and went to pull out the dark slide for the second half of the roll, the dark slide caught halfway out: would not easily slide in either direction. I figured the light seal was toast and that I stood less chance of damaging the slide if I forced it out than if I forced it back in, so I pulled hard and smoothly to force it out. A chunk of the light seal came out with it. I put a piece of tape over the dark slide slot and carried the camera fitted with Makro-Planar 120mm for the remaining 8 exposures. The film is on my desk to process today... Lessee what's there and how much of a light leak there's been.

The trials of working with forty-three year old equipment ... LOL! No big deal, really. I sent a note to David Odess... The A16 will ship to him today (the Post Office was closed yesterday for the holiday) and be overhauled/refurbished. 👍 Such it is.

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Post-script: Film processed and drying. The seal was well-blown, allowing light to blast across half the negative area. Eh, such it is. There might be a few partial frames with decent images.

Mechanically otherwise, the back performed very nicely. It's on its way to David for a CLA, new seals, etc.

Here's what the film blasted by a bad dark slide light seal looks like:

I'll scan it anyway and see if there's anything retrievable... "hope springs eternal" category, eh? :D
 
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Godfrey

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Following up... again. LOL! :)

As said before in this thread... "Here's what the film blasted by a bad dark slide light seal looks like...
I'll scan it anyway and see if there's anything retrievable... "hope springs eternal" category, eh? :D "
I scanned and found four photos in that mess that I enjoy a lot, and two of them that I really like due to their eerie, haunting feel ... The set is on Flickr at https://flic.kr/s/aHsmUmYkVW. The two I like the most:


Tree - Santa Clara 2021


House - Santa Clara 2021

Fun fun fun ...!

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scho

Well-known member
Two more images taken yesterday while I was playing with the 907x/50cII and a Canon TS-E 24/3.5 II lens in a Cambo adapter. The adapter has a small control wheel that allows aperture adjustment with EF lenses and it also writes all lens data to exif. All of these images were made with about 1.5 degrees tilt dialed in on the lens.



 

Godfrey

Well-known member
My most recent use of the 907x was to copy five packs of Polaroid SX70 prints. AS usual, the 907x did a superb job using a Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm lens on a copy stand, and I must be learning something about getting good exposures with my various Polaroid SLR670a and SLR670x cameras (these are the overhauled and upgraded SX-70 variants from MiNT Camera, capable of using 600 film, manual exposure control too on the x model). I'll be posting some of these soon; I'm not sure this is the best thread for that.

But the exercise pointed out that the problem I'd reported to Hasselblad way back last May-June (in short: while the camera works perfectly whenever hand held or when on a tripod at normal framing angles, pointing it straight down on a copy stand causes the touch screen to malfunction. The workaround I'd found that seemed to solve the issue was to go to the level indication overlay and perform a custom level setting calibration, then it would work correctly. For a long time, this solved the problem and I shelved the annoyance of sending the camera in for evaluation. However, that workaround seems to no longer work with v1.4.0 firmware installed; now, the only way I can control the camera for copy work is to operate it in tethered mode with Phocus Mobile 2, and even then it's more unstable than it ought to be.

So I've re-engaged Hasselblad USA and will likely be sending the body and back off for evaluation and repair. Perhaps they'll have a loaner available for me while it's off being looked at, perhaps not. I dunno, but I think this should get taken care of sooner rather than later now. In the event of not, I guess I'll be shooting a bit more film with the 500CM, eh? ;-)

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Godfrey

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Follow up ... Yes, Hasselblad Sweden wants to see the camera to evaluate issue, so it'll be going to them tomorrow. Hasselblad USA doesn't have any loaners available at this time, so I'll be without for a few weeks. Ah well, I'd rather the problem was resolved and not have to deal with it in the future.

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My most recent use of the 907x was to copy five packs of Polaroid SX70 prints. AS usual, the 907x did a superb job using a Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm lens on a copy stand, and I must be learning something about getting good exposures with my various Polaroid SLR670a and SLR670x cameras (these are the overhauled and upgraded SX-70 variants from MiNT Camera, capable of using 600 film, manual exposure control too on the x model). I'll be posting some of these soon; I'm not sure this is the best thread for that.

But the exercise pointed out that the problem I'd reported to Hasselblad way back last May-June (in short: while the camera works perfectly whenever hand held or when on a tripod at normal framing angles, pointing it straight down on a copy stand causes the touch screen to malfunction. The workaround I'd found that seemed to solve the issue was to go to the level indication overlay and perform a custom level setting calibration, then it would work correctly. For a long time, this solved the problem and I shelved the annoyance of sending the camera in for evaluation. However, that workaround seems to no longer work with v1.4.0 firmware installed; now, the only way I can control the camera for copy work is to operate it in tethered mode with Phocus Mobile 2, and even then it's more unstable than it ought to be.

So I've re-engaged Hasselblad USA and will likely be sending the body and back off for evaluation and repair. Perhaps they'll have a loaner available for me while it's off being looked at, perhaps not. I dunno, but I think this should get taken care of sooner rather than later now. In the event of not, I guess I'll be shooting a bit more film with the 500CM, eh? ;-)

G
 
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