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The Zeiss Sonnar 250 f/4 is one of the two most classic Hasselblad lenses. These 150mm lenses flew numerous Apollo missions and shot on the moon. The classic shots of the Earth rising over the lunar surface are made with this lens. If you want Hasselblad Lunar, the lenses that shot almost everything on most missions were this 150mm and the 80mm; the other lenses rarely flew.
Planning an important, once-in-a-lifetime photo outing and need to be prepared for anything and everything and to make the most important photographs ever produced? All we brought on most flights to the moon were this 150mm, the 80mm, and that was it.
If you have good eyes and want to see a few of these lenses, just look up at the moon. We left left several of these on the lunar surface, still there today.
Although there are many cosmetic variations from 1957 through 2013, its optics never changed.
T* multicoating was added in the 1970s, but since this is a very simple 1930s four-element, three group optical formula, it delivers great images even uncoated. All versions work great since all are at least single coated. The T* multicoating doesn’t add any significant contrast or color boost; it’s just marketing here.
What did change over the years is cosmetics, shutters and filter sizes.
The first C version, shown here, came in chrome, then black. It’s not marked “C” anyplace; you just have to know. It takes 50mm bayonet filters.
All newer versions are black.
The CF version moved to a rubber focus ring and a larger bayonet filter mount 60mm (B60 or Bay 60) filter. They have a newer Prontor shutter that also works with the focal-plane shutter Hasselblads.
The CFi version replaced the metal filter bayonet mount with a plastic one.
Hasselblad has mostly abandoned making new lenses or bodies for the V system, but that’s no big deal because it lasts forever and it’s easy to get digital backs for it. That’s right; for the same piece as a typical DSLR it’s easy to get a used medium format back today; you don’t have to hock your Mercedes to buy a new one anymore.