May 192011
 
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.

Hasselblad 500CM with 80mm Carl Zeiss Planar and extension tube

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.

Strawberry macro with 80mm Carl Zeiss Planar and extension tube

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!

Dogwood macro with 80mm Carl Zeiss Planar and extension tube

Dogwood macro with 80mm Carl Zeiss Planar and extension tube

Hasselblad Macro Setup image on Flickr.

  6 Responses to “Hasselblad Macro Setup”

Comments (5)
  1. Dear

    Thanks for your great article. I was interesting to try some close up pictures with my 80mm CF and after reading you, i bought a 55mm extension tube on ebay. May i ask you which flash system are you using.
    Thanks and best regards
    Patrice

    • Hi Patrice,

      In the studio, I use a couple of White Lightning strobes, typically with soft boxes, to give a nice diffuse light but still with plenty of power. Shooting on location, I’ll usually have a silver reflector with me to help control exposure.

      Cheers,

      Dave

      • Hi Dave
        Ok thanks for your answer.
        Well i’m interesting to get some product name as i’m really new in flash usage.
        Appreciated if you can give me some hints / flash product with remote for both macro and portrait pictures.
        Thanks for your help
        Patrice

  2. Hi Dave,

    You just convinced me to buy a 55mm tube too. Can I ask what the bellow infront of the lens is for?

    Stan

  3. Thank you for the great insight you gave.

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