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Hasselblad serial number/determining age

R&M Photography , May 04, 2004; 08:39 a.m.

Hi,

I understand the "VHPICTURES" code for determining serial numbers on blads, but I have one that confuses me. I have a 500 c/m that has just two letters and the rest numbers. That made it easy for me to figure out. However, I've just purchased a used 500 el/m. The serial number on that starts with UTE and then has 5 numbers. I can't figure out if it's 76 or 69 (UT being 76 and TE being 69).

Can anyone figure this out?

Thanks in advance!

Responses

Ulrik Neupert , May 04, 2004; 08:47 a.m.

Your camera is from 1976 (no ELMs were made in 1969, only ELs). Use the first two letters, the third letter "E" (E=Electric?)appears on EL and ELM cameras up to 1978. It is similar with SWC cameras where the third letter is a "W" (W=Wide?).

Ulrik

David Odess , May 04, 2004; 08:47 a.m.

In cases where there are three letters in the serial number, the year of manufacture is determined by the first two letters.

In this case, UTE, you would use the U and the T. 1976.

David S. Odess - Factory trained Hasselblad technician

R&M Photography , May 04, 2004; 09:48 a.m.

Thank you Ulrick and David! :)

Q.G. de Bakker , May 04, 2004; 04:07 p.m.

Just for completeness' sake: besides the "E" and "W", an extra "C" was added to the letter code of 500 C/M in 1977, and an "F" to the code of 2000 FC in that same year.

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