AF lenses for V-Series Hasselblads?

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  1. ted_smith

    ted_smith Member

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    I'm loving my Hasselblad 501CM with 80mm Plannar lens, but the lack of auto-focus is troubling me a bit, due mostly to my not-so-good eye sight.

    Are there any AF lenses for the V-range of Hasselblad bodies? My Googling seems to suggest not?
     
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    Nope, you need to go to the 645 "H" series.
    H1 or H2 bodies are getting reasonable in price but the lenses are astronomical.
     
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    Ted, if you don't have a 45 degree finder (my preference over the 90), I suggest you get one or at least try one out. I find it made focusing a bit easier and it puts the image into the correct orientation - not flipped horizontally.
     
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    I just want to follow up on this with another question:

    I have a 503CW with a split prism(?) where I need to align the split image.
    I find this procedure really hard when photographing people (being really anal about correct focus).

    What is the best screen to use on the V series?

    I have some sort of matte screen for my Mamiya RZ II and that works extremely well, anything similar for Hasselblad (if so, what is it called?)
     
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    I second the 45 degree prism too.

    There are no AF lenses that I know about for the Hasselblad V Series.
     
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    Helinophoto - Acute Matte D. I also found the split prism difficult to use on the Hasselblad.
     
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    I agree with the others suggesting the 45 degree prism. When I got my Hasselblads a number of years ago I wanted to be able to focus without using my reading glasses. I called them and sent them my Rx and they had an eyepiece that I switched with the original one. Fortunately my sight is good so it has worked well for me. I suggest calling their tech department as there might be a simple solution.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/
     
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    If you want to go with a 45* prism I have one I do not use and would be willing to trade for a WLF.
     
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    Thank you, now I know what to look for :smile:
     
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    If you want an AF 6x6 SLR you might also consider the Rollei 6008AF. However, lenses are few. Contax 645 has AF Zeiss lenses, but it´s no 6x6.
     
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    The Rollei Hy6 has a fine assortment of Schneider glass available for it, and a 6x6 back. It is _not_ cheap (is that the understatement of the year?), and neither are the lenses, but it will get you full 6x6 frame autofocus shots.
     
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    I'm over 50 and wear glasses all the time. I have to remove my glasses to use my Hasselblad with the acute matte viewing screen and 45 degree prism. It's amazingly easy to focus, much better than any 35mm camera I've ever owned.

    Peter Gomena