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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.


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