I'm considering to build a small system around Hasselblad 500 series. What MFD (pre owned) would I be able to put on a V-series camera?
A reasonable pursuit. The interesting thing is that most of our Hassleblad and Contax customers are the most stable, in terms of feeling the (lack of) need to upgrade camera/backs. I think that speaks to a genuine fondness and preference for the camera platform. And if that is in place, then there are a number of ways you can go.
I had a client try out the CFV-50 a couple weeks ago. Even though he would have to turn the camera itself over to shoot a vertical (he mostly shoots landscapes), he was still intrigued by the simplicity of the CFV, with no cable. It felt very simple, and that was his key, he wanted simple. In fact, that is why he wants to continue shooting his Hasselblad. But for some, turning the camera on its side would be a deal breaker, and if they wanted long exposures past 30 seconds, only the Phase Plus backs provide that option. It is pretty subjective, but the positive is there are quite a few models to choose from.
Some of the below solutions start at less than $4,000, even from a dealer like CI.
**Phase One P/P+ Series
Pros: Plus backs can perform very long exposures, can be re-mounted on the camera for orientation change
Cons: Small, mediocre LCD screen, Sync cable required
- P21+/P30+ - Expanded ISO Range
- P25+/45+ - Larger sensor, long exposure
**Leaf Aptus/Aptus-II Series
Pros: Enhanced functionality (input lens data, pinpoint tonal range, etc).
Cons: Large mediocre LCD (but best chance of checking sharpness vs competitors), Sync Cable required.
- Aptus 65/Aptus-II 28 - More megapixels than Aptus 22
- Aptus 22/75/Aptus-II 22/33 - Larger sensor
**Hasselblad CFV Series
Pros: No Sync Cable required, looks sweet (just like the film back)
Cons: Small mediocre LCD, DB cannot be re-mounted in vertical orientation
- CFV-39/50 - Large sensor, ample resolution
- CFV-16 - Smaller sensor, square sensor (you can also pre-crop larger sensors for square capture.
Capture IntegrationCI Pre-Owned Digital Backs