Dating a hasselblad cf lens
Part of the problem was that the mechanical designer had been a watchmaker and the mechanism was too delicate for the harsh environment of a camera used in the field.
Hasselblad de-tuned the shutter and released the 1000F in 1952 with a top-speed of 1/1000 sec.
In response, Hasselblad moved away from the production of in-camera focal-plane shutters and towards using in-lens leaf-shutters.
The first 500 series using the new leaf shutters, the 500C, came out in 1957.
Also, the 500 series did not have any provision for in-camera metering, so you needed to buy an accessory prism meter which would only provide uncoupled metering (or you would have to use a separate handheld meter).
Nonetheless, the Hasselblad 500 series was a huge success with studio and wedding photographers who didn't mind since many of their shots were using studio flash and the pluses more than outweighted the negatives.
The 'C' indicated the ompur in-lens leaf shutter mounted in a Zeiss lens. Studio and wedding photographers liked that you could flash synchronize at all speeds.
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There was also a selection of a wide-angle and a telephoto Ektar available at the time.
Unfortunately, the body shutter on the 1600F was not reliable especially at its top speed of 1/1600 second.
Because the F (and later FE) lenses were more expensive and more limited than their C/CF/CFE counterparts, they had limited popularity and are rarer on the secondary market.
The 2000FC had the same problem of the 1600F/1000F, namely that ham-handed photographers had the unsettling problem of putting their thumbs through the fragile and expensive titanium-foil rear-shutter.