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Fly me to the moon…Hasselblad moon camera

Posted by Alex Yuzbasiyan on

I have always had a fascination with the moon. Its 28 day cycle, its relation to the ocean and its mysteriousness.

NASA had many Apollo missions and some were lucky enough to be accompanied by the Hasselblad lunar cameras and celebrating Hasselblad's 20 years in space they made the affordable and beautiful 500 ELM moon camera. A replica of the original lunar mission cameras of the 1960s and 1970s. The vintage Zeiss C T* lenses are unequal. Even an inexperienced eye will see the quality that this lens has. Not only as a display piece, but this camera performs marvellously.

I prefer the vintage C lenses, which have all metal construction (no plastic unlike all versions following this particular model…CF, CFE, CFI, etc.), scalloped focusing ring, and the EV scale that is automatically synced with the shutter speed and aperture.  A limited production on a great piece of history for an affordable price. They range from $2,000 to $2,500 against the original lunar mission cameras that are tens of thousands of dollars ($25,000 to $150,000 depending on the model and if they were actually on the mission and not just NASA test cameras).

Frank Sinatra sang it best with this "fly me to the moon" song. If I ever get a chance to go up there I'll make sure to take this Hasselblad!

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