? shutter release button depressed long for slow shutter speeds in 200 series Hassey

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by ymc226, Jan 1, 2012.

  1. ymc226

    ymc226 Member

    Oct 13, 2006
    New Jersey
    Medium Format
    I am using my 203FE and 205FCC in manual mode using the lens C shutter instead of the focal plane shutter. I set the camera shutter speed ring to "C", set the mode to "M" and set the shutter speed using the appropriate lens setting. I am also using Winder Fs on each camera along with a release cable.

    In testing the set up with the film back off, I notice that when I just quickly depress and release the cable at let's say 1 second, the lens shutter does indeed stay open for 1 second but the focal plane shutter quickly opens and closes, effectively reducing film exposure to fractions of a second. If I want to keep the film properly exposed, I need to keep my fingers depressing the cable for a time longer than the shutter speed set on the lens.

    Is the the normal function of the focal plane shutter, meaning I need to keep holding the shutter release longer, or does the focal plane shutter retract once the back is put on the camera if it is set in the "C" setting?
  2. pgomena

    pgomena Member

    Jun 25, 2003
    Portland, Or
    This is the same way a 500 series Hasselblad works. You have to hold the shutter open for longer exposures or the rear doors in the camera body close before the shutter finishes its cycle. One of the odd quirks of the Hasselblad system. It does take a little getting used to.

    Peter Gomena
  3. What he said ^