ok so I already knew I really Shouldn"t buy a camera from an eBay sale, but I did. A hasselblad 500c for $448. My main concern was the glass. I was assured there were no scratches fungus etc. So I bought it. I really love the feeling of it in my hand. Perfect balance. Early 12 back. Shutter in lens and rear curtain, counters all functions well. The front element of the 80mm planar has an inch long ribbon of what i imagine is fungus between the cemented elements along with some damage on the front element. Will shoot and develop my first roll today, and I doubt there will be ill effect from these problems. What I'm wondering is, can I find and replace that element, or are these all matched up at Zeiss with all groups staying together as one unit?
I am sorry to read that your first experience with Hasselblad is such a disappointment. I think there is reason enough to send this camera back to the seller as being wrongly described. If you intend to keep the camera there are a few things you can check out yourself.
1. Take the film magazine off the camera. Remove the dark slide. Hold the magazine before your eyes and see if there is light shining through the opening for the slide.
No light leaking it is all right. Also check the dark slide itself. If is dirty with sticky substance part of the light trap is gone.This also indicates light trap failure.
2 Check the slow speeds of the lens: 1 s and 1/2 s.
If the low speeds appear longer than indicated or the sound
of the timer is irregular the timer has to be cleaned and lubricated.
3 Remove lens and film magazine from the camera body.
Release the camera whilst looking at the auxilary shutter
at the rear of the camera. It should open and close freely.
Turn the transport knob and release the camera again whilst
looking at the shutter keep the release button depressed
and check that both flaps are fully open by looking through the camera body.
The front lens can easily be replaced.
The problem may be finding a good element. Carl Zeiss stopped production of glass for the early lenses a couple of years ago. You will have to find a used frontglass to fit
your lens. Early ""C"" type lenses are now 23 to 49 years
If you find one or more problems it may be good advice to trade in your camera for a good one in stead of spending a
lot of money on repairs. Prices for good Hasselblads are
low. It is a buyers market. Good luck.