Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back

Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back

Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back

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Product Highlights

  • 50MP 43.8 x 32.9mm CMOS Sensor
  • V System Camera & Lens Compatibility
  • ISO Range: 100-6400
  • 16 Bit Color Depth
  • 3.0" TFT Color LCD Display
  • Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
  • Compact Flash and Tethered Storage
  • Compatible with Large Format Cameras
  • Classic Design Recalls Film Magazine
  • Phocus Software Included
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Hasselblad CFV-50 overview

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The CFV-50c Digital Back from Hasselblad offers a high resolution CMOS sensor compatible with most Hasselblad V system cameras, even models that date back to the 1950's. Featuring a 50MP 43.8 x 32.9 mm CMOS sensor that produces lossless compressed RAW 3FR files of approximately 65MB and 8-bit TIFF files of 154MB, the CFV-50c provides simple, cable-free compatibility with V-system cameras. CMOS technology enables a broad ISO sensitivity range of 100-6400 and 1.5 captures per second. Single shot drive is supported and the longest exposure time is 12 minutes. 

A 3.0" TFT LCD monitor provides bright and color-accurate playback and images can be saved to either a Compact Flash memory card or to a tethered computer via FireWire 800. Simple controls and an intuitive menu makes the back easy to navigate and the proprietary Phocus software download is included with the digital back. File management applications such as DAC lens correction, Moire Removal Technology and Natural Color Solution control distortion and provide an "out-of-the-box" color profile system. Hasselblad 3FR files can also be opened with some limitations in Adobe Photoshop and Aperture, for example.

To complement its compatibility with the classic V system, the CFV-50c back features a stylish retro build and textured surface reminiscent of film magazines, however its state-of-the-art CMOS sensor converts virtually all V system cameras into high performance digital cameras.

50MP CMOS Sensor
The CFV-50c houses the first medium format CMOS sensor to be placed in a medium format back and provides 50MP resolution, 16 bit color, ISO sensitivity up to 6400, 1.5 captures/second and long exposures up to 12 minutes with low noise.
V System Camera Compatibility
The CFV-50c Digital Back enables compatibility with virtually all Hasselblad V-system cameras without the need for cable connections. Only the 2000 FC/FCM, 2003 FCW, 201 F, 203 FE, 205 TCC/FCC, ArcBody and FlexBody models require a flash input cable. In addition the CFV-50c is compatible with large format and view cameras with a V System adapter and required flash input cable.

Hasselblad 555ELD, 500EL/ELM, and 500/553 ELX cameras require the optional Battery Adapter (no. 3054668) for untethered shooting. The ArcBody camera may also require this optional adapter when working in certain conditions.
LCD Monitor
A 3.0" TFT LCD monitor provides bright, color-accurate image playback.
Hasselblad Natural Color Solution
Color management solutions often impose limitations on digital photographers because of the forced choice of a specific color profile to suit the job: capturing various skin tones, metals, fabrics, flowers etc. To combat this, Hasselblad developed a new color profile included in its proprietary Phocus software that produces outstanding, reliable out-of-the-box colors with skin tones, special product gradations, and other difficult colors reproduced effectively. It removes both the need for experimenting with different color profiles to obtain optimal colors and the need for selective color corrections.
Moiré Removal Technology
Moiré Removal Technology in Phocus software is automatically applied directly on the raw data, leaving image quality intact and eliminating the need to carry out special masking selections or other manual procedures, saving hours of tedious post-production work.
Flexible Workflow
For maximum flexibility Hasselblad 3FR image files carry a full set of metadata, including capture conditions, keywords and copyright, facilitating work with image asset management solutions. Even though Phocus or Lightroom are the most comprehensive choices, Hasselblad 3FR files can also be opened directly with some limitations in Adobe Photoshop (CS4 or later) or in Apple Aperture on Mac OS X if preferred.
V-System Lens DAC Correction
Phocus software includes DAC lens correction for most of the V-system lenses from Carl Zeiss. DAC will correct for distortion, lateral chromatic aberration and vignetting in the same way as is currently performed with H-system lenses.
Phocus Supported Lenses
CF 30, CF/CFE 40 FLE, CFE 40 IF, CFi 50 FLE, CF 60, CFi/CFE 80, CB 80, CF 100, CFi/CFE 120, CFi 150, CB 160, CFE/CFE, 180, CFi 250, CFE 250 Sa, CF 350, CFE 350 Sa, CF 500 (5m and 8.5m close range), F 50 (rotating front), FE 50 (non-rotating front), FE 60-120, F 80, F110, F150, F250, FE 300 (with or without 1.7x converter) and F 350.
Additional Features
  • CompactFlash or tethered storage to Mac or PC via FireWire 800
  • The back can be powered by either an L-type battery, such as the included NP-F550-style battery or a Sony InfoLithium equivalent, or via the tethering FireWire cable
  • F/FE-lenses (shutterless) are compatible
  • Classic Hasselblad square crop option is supported
  • Allows for use of PM90 and PME90 90º viewfinders
  • Live View color video is supported in Phocus
  • Remote control options supported with Phocus
  • Classic film magazine form factor with textured surface
In the Box
Hasselblad CFV-50c Digital Back
  • Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Battery Charger
  • Protective Case
  • Protection Cover
  • Focusing Screen
  • 16GB CompactFlash Memory Card
  • Gray Cards
  • E-Wipes
  • CFV FireWire Cable
  • Flash Output Sync Cable
  • Exposure Cable EL
  • Exposure Cable 503
  • Flash Input Sync Cable
  • Phocus Software DVD
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Hasselblad CFV-50 specs

    Sensor Type 50 MP CMOS (8272×6200 pixels)
    Sensor Size 43.8 × 32.9 mm
    Pixel Size 5.3 x 5.3 чm
    File Format Lossless compressed Hasselblad 3F RAW
    Image Size RAW 3FR capture: 65 MB on average; TIFF 8 bit: 154 MB
    Capture Rate 1.5 sec/capture; 35 captures/min (based on a SanDisk Extreme UDMA7 120 MB/s)
    Image Storage CF card type U-DMA or tethered to Mac or PC
    Shooting Modes Single Shot
    Color Depth 16-bit
    ISO Sensitivity ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200 and 6400
    Exposure Time Maximum: 12 minutes
    Color Management System Hasselblad Natural Color Solution - One generic profile
    LCD Display 3.0" TFT Color LCD
    Histogram Yes
    IR Cut Filter Yes, Mounted on sensor
    Acoustic Feedback Yes
    Software Phocus for Mac and Windows (included)
    System & Software Requirements Macintosh: OSX version 10.6/7/8/9; PC: Windows 7 (32 and 64 bit)/8/XP/Vista
    Power Source NP-F550-style rechargeable lithium-ion battery (7.2 V, 1500 mAh)
    Compatible with InfoLithium L-series batteries
    Compatible Cameras All Hasselblad V System cameras manufactured since 1957. 2000 cameras and 201F with C lenses only. 202FA / 203FE and 205FCC camera types need a minor camera modification to use F/FE lenses

    All other cameras with Hasselblad V interface

    View Camera Compatibility: Mechanical shutters controlled via flash sync, electronic shutters controlled by Phocus

    Tethered Operation Supported in Phocus by Hasselblad and Hasselblad Tethered plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom
    Host Connection Type FireWire 800 (IEEE1394b)
    Operating Temperature 32 - 113˚F / 0 - 45˚C
    Dimensions 3.5 x 3.6 x 2.2" / 90 x 92 x 57 mm
    Weight 1.17 lb / 530 g (body only)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 5.46 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.4 x 7.2 x 6.6"

    Hasselblad CFV-50 reviews

    CFV-50c Digital Back is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic product This is a really welcome product. The good: Truly amazing images that really require little endorsement. Say no more. And the packaging is really beautiful. The bad: I shoot a lot of wide angle and with the crop factor a 50mm becomes a lot less than wide angle. And the LCD is sub par. And the battery charger supplied feels like sort of an afterthought. But overall, if you're a Hasselblad shooter, this is a great way to use that venerable system that you've got and reveal the character of your lenses. I am very happy to shoot with the CFV 50C and recommend it highly. Worth the price tag.
    Date published: 2016-10-06
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product Working with Hasselblad cameras for 20 years it was hard to switch to DSLR. I never sold any of my Hasselblad and I'm glad. This Digital Back brings all that old gear back to life. It's not perfect, but still give me that medium format fill. I wish the sensor will be full size, is not. So all my wide angle lances have narrow view. I'm happy that I can use my Super Wide with this back but be ready to modify the plate on the bottom of this camera. You have to buy braked for the battery if you planing on using tripod. It take some time to be comfortable wit your work flow. Back it self is ease to use and sensor has superb quality to it. It is great solution for Hasselblad fun.Matt
    Date published: 2014-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hasselblad Perfection Well, almost perfect. Perfection would entail a full-sized sensor, but this comes very close, indeed. I also own the prior version, the CFV-50 (no c). The CFV-50c is a world removed from the 50 digital back. Not even close. Several reasons: The 50c has a much larger display and much needed bump up in resolution. The 50c has improved color saturation with the updated CMOS sensor and expanded ISO range. What I love the most about the 50c are things the 50 back couldn't do: shoot in both JPEG and RAW! Wow, very much appreciated. Also, I can now use my PM90 prism viewfinder (had to buy a used PM5 to use in combination with the 50 back). The 50c has an improved exterior retro finish that closely mimics my old film backs. Nice touch. The V system is very much alive! Thank you, Hasselblad for listening to the masses. Thank you, B&H for selling a truly wonderful product at a very fair price.
    Date published: 2014-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW First day using it today, what a fantastic back. Still getting us to using Phocus, but very Lightroom like. Please note that the suggested screen protector (2.5 in) is way too small. I went out and got a 3.0 inch one (it was a 3.0 Pro master) and it fits perfectly
    Date published: 2015-02-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really pleased with this digital attachment Have been using a CFV16 for a couple of years and this new one is substantially better. The LCD is larger and has higher resolution. The ISO is 4 four EV higher and the sensor resolution is about 190 pixels/mm (1.75 time the old CFV). Instead of the 645 format, it's actually 4X5 (slightly closer to square). The sensor diagonal is only 3 mm greater than CFV16, so it doesn't really improve performance with wide angle lenses. Cosmetics are great. Looks really nice on the V cameras. The live view is somewhere beyond cumbersome, because the shutter must be set on B with sustained release. It has some trouble handling screen brightness at the 100% view. Maybe they will improve that in a firmware update. All in all really pleased with this digital back and great to see it on sale.
    Date published: 2016-01-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Revitalizing my Blad Very nice back. Great match for the 503CW- looks like it has always belonged to the camera. The only reason for 4 stars rather than 5 is the usual, that is a full frame sensor without a crop factor would be great. However, I am confident that I will be able to work with the cfv 50c and will enjoy using it. Great to get the Blad back to active duty!
    Date published: 2015-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from HASSELBLAD CFV-50C I shoot fashion, portraits, and landscapes with this back. The high ISO is amazing. I shot at ISO 6400 in the night streets and it looked super clean. I've had the 501 body for fifteen years and I'm extremely happy to have such a great digital sensor for it. The digital screen is quite good as well. The only obvious negative feature is the cropped sensor. I'm getting familiar with not having the full 6x6 screen.
    Date published: 2015-12-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A powerful and versatile back for a legendary system I am a full time professional photographer who specializes in commercial, editorial and fine art, I use both film and digital in 35mm, 120mm medium format and 4x5 in film only. I have been using the Hasselblad V system since 1988, some 28 years in my career so when Hasselblad introduced this back at the non-discounted price point, I asked Hasselblad Bron for a demo to try out, I use it with a pair of 501CM bodies. I had it for about a week and used it on several paid shoots, got to know the limits of it and strengths as well. The primary factor for me to buy it was if it would at least equal my Nikon D810 in using the best glass I have in either system, if it did that then it would be worth it because I could then just use the V system on shoots that I really wanted to produce my black and white fine art with but needed to have a digital back for color. Well it worked, in most cases it equaled or improved upon the image quality of my Nikon D810 and in the case of tonal range and color, exceeded it by quite a margin. So I purchased it directly from Hasselblad in the Fall of last year when the price promotion went into effect. So here are the pros: The back is compact, only a little bigger than a standard A12 or A24 back and gets a tad taller with the battery connected. The battery life is very good and spare batteries are fairly inexpensive so I have 5 batteries, have never needed more than two on a heavy shoot day with average use of live view. The integration into the system is flawless, I swap between film to digital to film and back again all day long and it is a breeze and I don't find the crop lines in the dedicated screen to confuse me at all. The fact that the sensor is so exposed may seem spooky at first but it is actually a blessing because it is by far the easiest sensor to keep clean, easy to get to, usually one swipe of an anti static brush or cloth is all that is needed. The image quality is excellent even at high ISO's and as mentioned before, even though on paper the dynamic range is less than a Nikon D810, in actual use it is considerably better with fantastic color quality right out of camera. The back also is great for really long exposures and the fact that the status light blinks during the exposure is a boon for knowing when to close the shutter without needing an external timer, if you set the back for 30 seconds, the sensor simply stops recording the image after that time even if you have left the shutter open longer. This makes for super consistent B setting times in post. The fact it is a cropped sensor might actually be a blessing as it really puts lenses to the test and for my commercial clients, they would not be using the images I give them in square anyway. I feel like I have two camera systems in one because of that. The menu and layout is pretty simple, there is a learning curve but it takes no time at all. I feel the RAW files do equally as well in LR5, ACR as they do in Phocus so one is not locked into proprietary software if they choose not to be. The cons: Using live view can be clunky and the refresh rate makes it to where if using it in daylight, you either have to stop down or do what I do and put on a polarizing or ND filter to not have the image wash out. Waiting a few seconds for the image to materialize can help in some cases, but most often it is washed out if no filter is used. Also, I am not sure why it does it but when using mirror pre-release, sometimes the back gets confused and does not detect the shutter going off and you get blank frames. I had it do this 4 times in a row during a magazine shoot and it really got on my nerves, I hope there is a firmware fix down the road. Speaking of mirror lockup, you will have to use it in a lot of cases with lenses longer than 100mm as mirror slap is a very real and potent threat to getting a sharp image on a lot of Hasselblad V cameras, it simply shows more at this crop factor and resolution. In addition to that, using a tripod or at least a monopod with lenses longer than 100mm is strongly recommended even at the top shutter speed of 1/500th. The CF card slot should be reversed from where it is now as the lip of the CF card is not easy to get to being closest to the hinge for the access door. I had to put a piece of tape on the non-lipped side of the card to create a false lip to grab it by when ejecting it. The back is not at all weather sealed at the CF card door so one has to be extra considerate of this fact when using the back in inclement weather or a dusty location, it is my only area of concern for this however as the rest seems to be fairly tight. As the back does not rotate, you will simply have to employ the use of a 90 degree prism in order to comfortably compose vertical images. This adds bulk and weight but it is the only option as using any other angle of view is simply far too counterintuitive to be of any real use in a vertical orientation. I strongly suggest a PME-90 as it has both a great meter and a built in diopter adjustment. And finally, focus is *critical* with this back so as clunky as live view can be to use, it really helps to confirm if your screen mounts are in spec and if your camera body is too. You pay thousands for a back like this, don't sell your self short in *thinking* it looks in focus, make 100% sure it is. All this said, I simply love this back. It has made my 3 camera body, 9 lenses Hasselblad V system the most powerful and versatile I have and is a great thing, because that is why a lot of us chose the V system decades ago in the first place.
    Date published: 2016-05-08
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