Hi everyone. Thank you for for sharing your expertise in this informative thread. I'm from the old generation coming from film and have a good selection of Hasselblad V bodies and lenses. I'm retired with no way to amortize or easily afford a new digital back. The suggestion to buy used from a wealthy amateur or similar source sounds very practical. Can any one of point me in the right direction where to begin looking? Is the CV 50 used on offer anywhere yet? Or is it still too new? How much would I save on the new price? Or is a CV 39 the only option? I live in Europe so the US market is impractical, both for the high import duties and taxes I would have to pay and, I guess, for future service facilities should they become necessary.
cfv-39 and cfv-50 still carry high prices second hand. Hasselblad backs are tough to come by second hand too, phase one is the easiest, then leaf. "For sale" forums here and getdpi.com are places to look, as well as ebay. Buying pre-owned from a dealer is for the nice feel of safety, but the prices are often not very good. It depends how much that safety is worth to you.
Buying second hand is a risk, if something breaks it will cost you. These things are expensive to repair. I have not looked into what the actual cost is if you buy from a dealer though, repairs are not free I think... and you can surely make at least one €3000 repair for the price difference. If you are used to buying second hand gear and taking the risks it means I think you should consider that as an option.