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Which Hasselblad? Hi there, My girlfriend has always wanted a Hasselblad and I have saved enough to get her a second hand one off ebay. By mistake I purchased both a 500C/M and a 501C. I will keep one and re-sell the other. I just wanted to know what the difference is between the two, and which you would recomend keeping? Also if you were going to choose any old film Hasselblad, which would it be? I can always sell both and have another look if there is a clear favourite which isn't one that I have brought!! Thanks, Ed

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501C used by a professional is OK
500CM used by a professional is a dog, that been licked and kicked.

Hope your girlfriend will be your wife, because these cameras are like the Energizer bunny:-)

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There were several versions of the 500C/M as production was over many years. The 501C had all the latest revisions of the 500 C/M series to make it the better choice. You'll get more $ for the 501 for this reason. Later versions of the 500C/M had a much better coil spring to control the mirror for starters. Unless you are going to use this camera for daily professional use, either would be a reliable camera. A good way to check the amount of use on any Hasselblad is to look at the back of the camera where the film magazine mounts. A good solid black with no shiny spots on the plate would indicate little use. There are raised lines around the aux. shutter opening that will wear as film back are removed and replaced.

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