Hasselblad, the market leader for medium format cameras, has something that Canon, Nikon, or other camera makers won’t ever have: the bragging rights to being the first camera on the moon.
Yes, that’s right, Hasselblad cameras were used in the Apollo space missions, specifically the legendary Hasselblad EDC (Electric Data Camera).
This is a specially designed version of the motorized 500EL intended for use on the surface of the moon, where the first lunar pictures were taken on 20 July 1969 by Neil Armstrong. The camera is equipped with a specially designed Biogon lens with a focal length of 60 mm, with a polarization filter mounted on the lens. A glass plate (Reseau-Plate), provided with reference crosses which are recorded on the film during exposure, is in contact with the film, and these crosses can be seen on all the pictures taken on the moon from 1969 to 1972. The 12 HEDC cameras used on the surface of the moon were left there. Only the film magazines were brought back.
And to celebrate its 20 years in space, Hasselblad presented the Hasselblad 500EL/M anniversary edition camera.
Now, the next time you hold a Hasselblad camera, you know you’ve got a brand that has a rich history.
And if you’re thinking of getting a Hasselblad, wait until the upcoming Photokina event, where Hasselblad is rumored to release new digital X-Pan Cameras.