Hasselblad 1600F

haSSCamera : Hasselblad 1600F Focal Plane Shutter SLR
Manufacturer : Hasselblad
Date : 1948-1952
FILM TYPE: 120 rollfilm
IMAGE SIZE: 6 X 6 in
2.8/80mm lens supplied by Kodak for the US market fitted at arrival, but later also Zeiss lenses became available. The Kodak Ektar 3.5/135mm was also available from early on.
It is a focal plane shutter SLR camera taking 6×6 images on type 120 film. It was a revolutionary concept at the time of introduction, being of a modular design having interchangeable lens, viewfinder and film magazine. The shutter curtains are made of corrugated stainless steel foil which is light and durable enough to withstand the high acceleration forces present in this exceptionally fast shutter. The interchangeable magazine allows fast film changing, also in mid-film, without losing a single frame by inserting a magazine.
• The First 269 camera was simply known as the “Hasselblad Camera”. The remaining examples of these are extremely rare since 153 were withdrawn and scrapped due to the problematic shutter design.
• In 1950 1600F was added to the camera name, “1600” indicating the highest shutter speed of 1/1600 sec. and “F” the focal plane shutter. Currently functional cameras are somewhat scarce due to the fragile shutter.
It should be noted that the camera must be wound on before changing the shutter speed setting or removing the magazine, in order to prevent damage and malfunction! Note also that when a magazine, with the dark slide in place, is on the camera, the shutter can’t be released. The magazine should be stored without a dark slide inserted to preserve the properties of the light aligning fabric in the dark slide slit.


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