Hasselblad is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing by launching the limited 907X Special Edition.
“Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, Hasselblad proudly celebrates its role as the cameras chosen by NASA for space photography, and even more so, the cameras that documented the historical moment of the first humans on the Moon. In honour of this momentous occasion, Hasselblad launches the limited 907X Special Edition, which includes the 907X camera body and CFV II 50C digital back, both in matte black with commemorative “On the Moon Since 1969” anniversary text.” Press Release
Hasselblad were the first cameras chosen by NASA for space photography, and even more so, they were the cameras that documented the historical moment of the first humans on the Moon.
Considered one of the most iconic moments in history is the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the Moon – an event so extraordinary that saw the first humans step off our planet and onto another celestial body. Taken down to the lunar surface, attached to astronaut Armstrong’s chest, was a silver Hasselblad Data Camera (HDC) fitted with a Zeiss Biogon 60mm ƒ/5,6 lens and 70mm film magazine which had never actually been tested in space before.
A second black Hasselblad Electric Camera (HEC) with a Zeiss Planar 80mm ƒ/2,8 lens was used to shoot from inside the Eagle lunar module.
A third black HEC was used by astronaut Michael Collins aboard the Command Module Columbia in lunar orbit. Standing up against the intense temperatures and lack of gravity in space, the Hasselblad cameras captured this once in a lifetime moment, letting the rest of Earth see what astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong experienced on the Moon.
The resulting images taken with the HDC and HEC have not only provided scientific insight but have proven to be legendary marvels recognized the world over.
It was the HEC used by Collins that was taken back to Earth, while the HDC and HEC used on the lunar surface and lunar module were left on the Moon to meet narrow weight margins for a successful return. As far as Hasselblad knows , they’ve been on the Moon since 1969.
While the special edition camera won’t feature any improvements over the regular 907x and CFV II 50c announced last month, fans of Hasselblad history will no doubt consider spending the $7,500 that Hasselblad will be charging for this kit.
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