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pentaxpete 15th July 2021 10:45 AM

Very Old Hasselblads -- Queries ---
The 90 odd year old fellow Camera Club member who gave me Nikon FM, FE Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F now gave me his very 'well-used' 500C/M 1978 and a 500 EL/M 1973 probably NEVER serviced. I cleaned all the body shell, viewfinders, screen -- the 'mirror bumper FOAM' strip is all rotten and 'Bits' keep falling onto mirrors. Do you think I can replace it 'myself' as i have foam sheets from Hobby Crafts Romford OR an 'Expensive ' Hasselblad service ? Has anyone HAD a Hasselblad service CLA ? HOW MUCH ? Also -- from where can i get those 6volt NiCad Re-chargeables for 500 EL/M DEAC 5/500 DKZ ?

mpirie 15th July 2021 12:49 PM

Not sure where to get the CLA done Pete, ("Newton Ellis" rings a bell) but i'm sure i've read about re-cell'ing the ELM batteries.

From memory, they are made up of two packs of 6x rechargeable button cells wrapped in heat-shrink....Google is your friend i guess!


photomi7ch 15th July 2021 03:35 PM

You could look up PPP on the net they do camera repairs for all makes.
You could if you wanted do the foam yourself. I re-foamed one of my cameras with some I purchased from hobby craft

big paul 15th July 2021 04:47 PM

pete have you changed the foam on 35mm SLR cameras

pentaxpete 15th July 2021 04:50 PM

Big Paul -- YES I have changed foam on many 35mm and also a Mamiya C220 but the Hasselblad mirror bumper foam is under a little black metal 'shield' -- very difficult to access.

big paul 15th July 2021 06:03 PM

I just had a look at my two ,553ELX and 503CW ,and removing the focusing screen I can get to the foam easily so they must have changed the design on newer cameras .I recon that it would be in the 200 mark for a foam change and a service ,but they are going for a lot of money on the web so it is definitely worth having them done .

Good luck

Richard Gould 15th July 2021 07:38 PM

Hi Pete
I would go with Newton Ellis, they have repaired many a camera for me, mostly classic cameras, and never a problem, it would be expensive, but with the prices these older hassies are going for today it will be well worth the cost,

dudeinv 18th July 2021 08:49 PM

Last time I checked Hasselblad USA was still servicing some older models. They are in NJ

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pentaxpete 19th July 2021 08:42 AM

Sorry NJ USA is a 'Bit Far' to send to ! The 500CM is 1978 and 500EL/M is 1973 according to Serial Numbers and both had equally 'Beat Up' A12 film backs --- I had to paint satin black on all the worn surfaces -- now today I may have a look at the Light Seals --

Nat Polton 19th July 2021 02:52 PM

I don't know if you have seen this site. It may possibly be of some help.


JOReynolds 27th July 2021 01:26 PM

Hasselblad repair and CLA
1. I use:
Classic V Hasselblad repair
25 Villiers Rd
Watford WD19 4AG
07950 039003
He used to work at Hasselblad UK and has the official collimation equipment for checking focus.
He is are located above the baker's shop. Plenty parking.
2. I was warned that using non-standard foam might upset the focusing if it is too thick.

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