Hasselblad Macro Setup
I wanted to take some still life close-up shots a little while ago but, not being what I normally shoot, I didn’t want to invest in one of the superb Hasselblad macro lenses. The solution I settled on was to use the 80mm Planar mounted on a 55mm extension tube.
This setup got me more than close enough for what I needed while still remaining fairly manageable (I discounted using bellows because of this). Focusing is a little tricky as you lose a few stops of brightness on the ground glass screen with the extra extension, but this wasn’t an issue in the studio where I have plenty of light.
The extension tube was $30, which is a fraction of what a dedicated macro lens would have cost, and the Planar is perfectly capable of producing stunningly sharp images in this configuration. All in all, a great low-cost solution for occasional close up images with the Hasselblad.
The final image was shot on Velvia 50, and the setup image was taken with a Nikon D2X.
Here are another two shots taken with available light on Velvia 50 using the 55mm extension tube with 80mm Planar lens. It may not be readily apparent in these small compressed jpegs, but the images are very, very sharp at the focus point!