Hasselblad on the Moon

Saturday, 20 July, 2019

The Hasselblad company was established in 1841 in Gothenburg by Fritz Wiktor Hasselblad. His son, Arvid Viktor, was interested in photography and started the company’s camera division. The Hasselblad website quotes him as saying, “I certainly don’t think that we will earn much money on this, but at least it will allow us to take pictures for free.”

The most famous use of the Hasselblad camera was during the Apollo 11 mission when the first humans landed on the Moon, 50 years ago today. Almost all of the still photographs during this mission were taken using Hasselblad cameras.

Hasselblad

Note: In 2015, the Chinese drone manufacturer DJI acquired a minority interest in Hasselblad, and in early January 2017, reports indicated that DJI had acquired the majority interest. Last July, DJI’s Mavic 2 PRO drone was the first to carry a camera featuring the Hasselblad branding.


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