Hasselblad 503CW Camera Body (Chrome)

Hasselblad 503CW Medium Format SLR Camera Body (Chrome) with Folding Waist Level Viewfinder and Split-Image Focusing Screen

Hasselblad 503CW Medium Format SLR Camera Body (Chrome) with Folding Waist Level Viewfinder and Split-Image Focusing Screen

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The name "Hasselblad" is synonymous with image quality and reliability. Together with Carl Zeiss lenses, Hasselblad represents the highest standards of photographic craftsmanship and precision. The 503CW features a built-in TTL flash metering system, which automatically measures the light off the film for consistent flash exposures.

The Winder CW, which may be operated by remote control, makes the 503CW convenient to operate in or out of the studio. This completely manual and mechanical Single-Lens-Reflex camera is compact, lightweight, easy-to-use and meets the needs of both studio and location work. This 503CW comes equipped with an Acute-Matte D Focusing Screen with microprism and a split-image rangefinder spot.

The Hasselblad system contains a full line of lenses, viewfinders (metered and non-metered), film magazines (120, 220, 70mm and Polaroid), as well as many accessories. The 503CW is available in chrome or black finish.

New optional Winder CW for automated film advance and infra-red (cordless) remote control
TTL/OTF flash capability; Electronic flash synchronization at all shutter speeds up to 1/500th second
First class Zeiss optics
Acute-Matte "D" focusing screen with microprism and split-image rangefinder spot
Gliding Mirror System (GMS) provides even viewfinder illumination with longer lenses
Rugged one-piece cast aluminum alloy body
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Hasselblad 503CW specs

Camera Type Manual focus, leaf shutter, Single-Lens-Reflex camera
Format 6 x 6cm format (Actual frame size is 54 x 54mm)
Film Back/Loading Interchangeable type
Film Type 120 film: 6 x 6 (12 frames), 6 x 4.5 (16 frames). 220 film: 6 x 6 (24 frames), 6 x 4.5 (32 frames); 70mm perforated film; Uses 70mm film cassettes which can be loaded with up to 4.7m of film, giving up to 70 frames per cassette; Use of Polaroid 3 1/4 x 4 1/4" pack films possible with backs available from Hasselblad or NPC
Lens Mount Exclusive Hasselblad bayonet lens mount; Accepts all C, CF, CB, CFI, CFE lenses
Shutter Mechanical leaf shutter, 1 second to 1/500th and "B". Shutter speeds in full stops only.
Shutter Release Camera body accepts standard mechanical cable releases.
Self Timer No
Flash Synchronization "PC" socket for electronic flash connection on lens barrel. Flash synchronization possible at all shutter speeds up to 1/500th. TTL/OTF flash capability with Hasselblad D-Flash 40, Metz, Quantum Q Flash, and Sunpak systems.
Mirror Lock-Up Yes - possible with switch below winding crank
Exposure Metering Possible with optional metered viewfinders
Exposure Bracketing No
Exposure Compensation No
Depth-of-Field Preview Yes - with lever on lens barrel
Viewfinder SLR type interchangeable waist level focusing screen (standard Acute-Matte "D" type 42215 Microprism/Split-Image; a total of seven focusing screens are available; One-touch folding waist level hood with built-in 4.5x magnifier. Optional diopter correction lenses. Field of view: 100 per cent of actual picture area
Viewfinder Info No
Film Transport Manual film winding crank located on camera body which simultaneously advances the film, resets the mirror and cocks the shutter; Automatic film advance possible with optional Winder CW (.8fps)
Multiple Exposure No
Focusing System Helicoid (manual rotating mount)
Power Source Fully mechanical camera; no batteries required.
Custom Functions No
Data Imprinting No
Tripod Mount Both 3/8" and 1/4" sockets and tripod plate for rapid mounting with the optional Hasselblad Quick Coupling Accessory (Tripod Quick-Coupling S, #45144)
Dimensions 180 x 114 x 110mm (7.08 x 4.49 x 4.33") LWH (with 80mm f/2.8 CFE lens and A12 film magazine)
Weight Camera body only, 600g (1.3 lbs); with Planar 80mm f/2.8 CFE lens, and A12 film magazine, 1500g (3.3 lbs).
Packaging Info
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.6 x 7.8 x 6.4"

Hasselblad 503CW reviews

503CW Camera Body (Chrome) is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE MECHANICAL ROLEX OF CAMERAS I use my two 503's mostly for portraiture. They allow me to literally create hand crafted photographs, controlling almost every aspect of what I am given to work with. My work-flow is beautifully slow and wonderfully full of time consuming details. Production isn't on a schedule for completion. Rather, I work for the satisfaction of the creative process. The camera body is totally reliable, extremely strong, easy to use, and accommodates the finest quality lenses in the world. It is a camera system that demands concentration, effort, and dedication. It rarely fails to disappoint me.
Date published: 2012-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This the product to buy again and again This Camera is wonderful for those want to enjoy medium format. Use the film back with its different lenses from Carl Zeiss you shall enjoy the owner ship of the camera. The colors are true and images are razor sharp. Manual Mechanical camera would provide correct focusing. This camera forces you to use your skills. Expensive but you will fell in love with this camera. A lifetime investment with cmmera lenses. As long a film is available keep on enjoying it .
Date published: 2011-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid Quality Hasselblad cameras are lifetime investments that will produce brilliant images from day one and for decades to come. They retain their engineering integrity and resale value far better than any digital camera, although (rental) digital backs are avialable (I shoot on film then scan and print digitally). Most important is the character and quality of Hasselblad film images...they have a look that can't be duplicated by razor-sharp, but soulless, synthetic digital images.
Date published: 2011-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera I photograph old buildings and urban landscapes at night using only available ambient light. The 503CW is a beautifully precision built medium format camera.
Date published: 2011-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still an amazing camera system I am an art photographer who uses digital, medium format and large format camera systems. I have found that consistently my best images come from the 503CW. As a modular system, there are a large number of components to meet almost any requirement. The lenses are spectacular with great sharpness, contrast and color saturation. The build quality of all the components is excellent. The camera is a pleasure to use. All the controls fall easily to hand and adjustments become second nature. No electronics, no batteries, and all metal construction means that it will last a life time. Hasselblad customer service has been good when I've had questions or I needed to CLA the equipment. This is an expensive system, but worth the cost. Ultimately, I find this camera almost magical in the way it puts light on the emulsion.
Date published: 2009-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Hasselblad 503CW Experience Worth every penny spent.A wonderful tool to use in many areas of photography. Any one who is even an amateur who loves to come aboard the medium format system will get a hold of this machine and its simple controls with a 10 minute crash course. There is a signature clap sound when the trigger is released which may be annoying to some. As it is a module system you can add components to the body (ex: electronic winder, TTL prism light meter, Digital backs) as one moves on.Compact design. The chrome body and A12 back is my preference. Always buy the kit with the Planar 80 / 2.8 which will save some money. Most of the previous Hasselblad/Zeiss lenses can be used. Expertise: Chartered Architect / Architectural Photographer Problems Encountered: Dust and rain can get into the viewfinder easily as it is placed on the vertical axis. Ground glass is very expensive. It does not have shift capabilities as this is not an architectural 'lens - camera' system. Hasselblad should continue PC Mutar shift adapter. Previous Equivalent Item Owned: ZEISS DISTAGON 40 IF CFE Items I Recommend: A good sturdy tripod with a ball bearing head. Cable release, Kinetronics Lens cleaning fluid / Panther clothe.
Date published: 2007-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hasselblad 503CW I bought this camera about 15 years ago It's a teriffic piece of engineering and craftsmanship combined. I use it for landscape photography only and as long as Fujichrome Velvia is available I will keep this system. I haven't encountered any problems with the camera so far. It's a very simple a beautiful mechanical camera for those who have patience and expect nothing less than superb images.
Date published: 2011-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Make Image Quality Your Bottom Line I pack the 503CW, 80mm Zeiss 2.8, an old Pentax spot meter, and an extra film back in a small, old Domke canvas bag full of film when I go to destinations that I know I will never return to. I know nothing will yield a more beautiful, natural tonal curve, and otherwise capture the atmosphere of a place better than this camera / lens combination. If pure image quality, without the electronically enhanced look of artificial digital color, etc., mattters most to you, no matter how many digital upgrades come around, you will not perfect on this system. With this simple configuration, I manage to take quick light measurements, and shoot with zero reliance on batteries and electronic displays, confident that when I look at the finished film image, I will be blown away by its subtle color and tonal curves, resolution, and beautiful contrast. The results are so consistently beautiful and true to what I saw with my eyes, that I rarely take my full frame 5D system and L lenses out of the house anymore. It's now time to liberate myself and sell off all the electronic gymmickery. Everything you need is right here in the aperture and shutter speed dials, shot through what is likely the finest lens ever made. No need for furhter comment!
Date published: 2012-04-27
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