Using Hasselblad lens on Canon

Using Hasselblad lens on Canon

9 posts
28 Nov 2014
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
I have been given a fairly old Hasselblad 50mm f4 Distagon lens which has a Canon EF adapter. The lens fits ok on my 5D MK3, and focusses manually. I can set the camera to manual, the ISO and shutter speed manually as expected, however I cannot see a way of manually stopping the lens down to the working aperture.

I can take pictures and results are good, but it looks as though everything is being taken at maximum aperture - any ideas anyone?

Thanks

Dave

Posted 28 Nov 2014
RedChecker
Photographer
RedChecker
I thought they had aperture selection on the lens barrel, does this not work?

Posted 28 Nov 2014
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
Hi - yes it does have aperture values and click stops round the barrel, but the lens remains wide open. As I recall from my Hasselblad wedding days, the lens only stops down when the Compur shutter fires, but in this case, I'm not using the Compur shutter.

Posted 28 Nov 2014
anthonyh
Photographer
anthonyh
Is there a stop down button /lever for assessing dof? I was reading something about adapters a few weeks ago where one poster said the only way he got his particular lens to work was to stop the lens down with the preview lever...take a meter reading....open up to focus etc...then stop down again to take the photo. He had to hold the lever while taking the pic
Posted 28 Nov 2014
mph
Photographer
mph
anthonyh

Is there a stop down button /lever for assessing dof? I was reading something about adapters a few weeks ago where one poster said the only way he got his particular lens to work was to stop the lens down with the preview lever...take a meter reading....open up to focus etc...then stop down again to take the photo. He had to hold the lever while taking the pic


I imagine it's electronic rather than manual these days so...............
Posted 28 Nov 2014
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
There is a stop down facility on Hasselblad lenses. On the old lenses it was an inconspicuous small bent lever on the lens. On newer models it was in the centre of a small 'square' block on the lens. Once stopped down I think you have to open the lens up to max aperture to disengage the stop down. It is albeit about 20 years since I used 'blads on a daily basis, but there is definitely a manual stop down!

Posted 28 Nov 2014
eosfan
Photographer
eosfan
magpie1
There is a stop down facility on Hasselblad lenses. On the old lenses it was an inconspicuous small bent lever on the lens. On newer models it was in the centre of a small 'square' block on the lens. Once stopped down I think you have to open the lens up to max aperture to disengage the stop down. It is albeit about 20 years since I used 'blads on a daily basis, but there is definitely a manual stop down!
Thank you magpie - spot on with this, there is a very small, innocuous little lever on the barrel which when pressed, stops the lens down once focussed and ready to shoot. Aperture is then opened up by turning aperture ring to maximum aperture, when lever pops up again. I've taken a few shots in the street, just need a nice model now….. Thanks everybody for your help Dave
Posted 28 Nov 2014
mph
Photographer
mph
eosfan

Thank you magpie - spot on with this...
cheeky

Posted 28 Nov 2014
magpie1
Photographer
magpie1
Thank you very much, very glad to help. Amazed I got 2 memory cells to fire off together!
Posted 28 Nov 2014
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