Hasselblad 500C

Cameras of Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams met with Victor Hasselblad in the early 1950s and gave feedback on the early 1600F camera. He was very critical, and the feedback was useful to improvements and the development of a replacement camera the 1000F system.

In 1957, Hasselblad released the much improved 500C, the camera that brought the company to success and profitability. As Ansel got older, he appreciated the exception quality which he could obtain from a light camera, with many lense and system options . He is shown below circa 1966, with his 500C, with the same lens and finder combination as shown on our camera above.