This was the camera the astronauts used to photograph the moon on the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Brimming with technological advances, its fastest shutter speed was 1/500th of a second. Released in 1957, the 500 series initially received a luke warm response from the market because of its SLR (single lens reflex) design. However, it was a dependable, sharp and high-quality tool that became the workhorse camera to photograph fashion in the swinging ‘60s. A must have camera for professional photographers, its desirability and high price tag drew a line in the sand between the amateur and the serious pro shooter. Only 10 000 Hasselblad cameras per year are produced from it’s factory in Sweden.

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Michael Bradfield