A Site for Photographers by Photographers

Community > Forums > Medium Format > Hasselblad > Hasselblad serial...

Featured Equipment Deals

Latest Equipment Articles

4 Outdoor & Adventure Photo Packs Read More

4 Outdoor & Adventure Photo Packs

Photo packs have come a long way in the past decade, especially those that are targeted toward outdoor and adventure photographers. Alaska-based adventure photographer Dan Bailey takes a closer look...

Latest Learning Articles

Getting Started in Video Read More

Getting Started in Video

Photographer Ted Kawalerski made the transition from still to motion and has never looked back. Ted takes you through the steps to get started in a medium that will open your photography business to...


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.

Back to top

Notify me of Responses