Hello and Help !

Submitted by rakna on Sat, 07/11/2009 - 01:13

Hallo Everyone :
I' just inherited a Haselblad 500 c/m and it's in almost mint condition.

From the recent knowledge I've gathered this camera could be about 30 yrs old.

However after putting a roll of 120 through it seems fine to me. The mechanical

sound of the shutter and the wind-on crank mechanism just sounds so re-assuring

and cool ! BUT my question : since I'd like to go digital, do I need to get a very

specific digital back for this model ? And do I need to get an adapter too ?

 I can only afford 2nd-hand eqpmnt I suppose but for that my chances are

going to be few and far between.

Please help me with this query.

Kind regards to all.


Sat, 07/11/2009 - 13:41

Most digital backs ever made will fit your camera (you will need to make sure you get the right adapter with  the back though).

It's only the last couple of years that makers of digital backs began making them for a preferred camera (Hasselblad for Hasselblad, Phase One for Mamiya, Leaf for their now not appearing version of the Hy6, Sinar for the Hy6 too).

But still they do make them to fit other cameras as well (though, again, in a special version, so check before you buy).


Hasselblad has just announced the latest version of their CFV back line.

It's now a 39 MP back, with a rectangular sensor measuring almost as big as 6x4.5 format. Costs about US$ 14,000 new.


Mon, 07/13/2009 - 06:01

 Hi OG :

Thanks so much for that very helpfull bit of info.

Now at least I know what I'm looking at.

Wow ! Just had a look at current prices for these

"would-like-to-have" backs and seen that I def

cannot afford them (too rich for our South African

economy and I'm not really a pro).

 But, knowing me, I'm gonna wreck my brains

on how to get one !

Thanks again !


Tue, 08/17/2010 - 21:23

If you need to watch your "cash flow" just a little, then you could consider the CFV II. It may be (only!) 16Mp, but the 39 is the only one to better it!

I'm extremely happy with mine, and unless you need to provide exeptional definition for your customers, it will do fine. No 35mm DSLR will match it. 16 bit color, and the "Zeiss Effect". The pictures can be compared to Fujicolor, but in Flex-Color, you easily get a "Kodak Vericolor" look for flatering portraits. The Big Guys, are going to change up to the 39, about now, so watch the market, or ask your Hasselblad Dealer to give you a heads up, if a CFV II turns up in part exchange.