Hasselblad Quick Release Which One?

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  1. rknewcomb

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    I started looking at the Hasselblad quick releases and now I'm confused. There is an "older" squared off looking one and I've heard of a newer tapered one and a "S" or short one and a long one...
    What is the difference and do I need to care? Do they all fit the same bodies?
    Want to use it with a 500C/M and Flexbody.
    Thanks!
    Robert
     
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    Robert,
    I have a couple of the "squared" style part #45130 that I use with a 500CM and a 503CXi. They should also fit the FlexBody. I have an old catalog (1996) that shows a FlexBody attached to the same coupler you mentioned.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/
     
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    I have a couple of each and know they all fit the 500 series. Don't know about the flex but would thing it should.

    One thing to watch for in the oldest quick releases (square type) is that the threads are sometimes messed up. On one of mine the threads were worn and I completely messed up by tightening too much. The material seems like a softer aluminum than used for the taped releases.

    I find the long one a tad easier to mount the camera, but the short ones to be easier to remove the camera. In the end, though, it doesn't matter that much.
     
  4. rknewcomb

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    Here are some pics of the different ones.
    The 500C/M has the standard bottom plate found on all those cameras. The Flex has what looks like a newer plate with many hole choices.
     

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    By the way, the B&H site says that the last one pictured above will not work with the 500C and 500C/M cameras. Don't know if they are correct of not.
     
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    The last one is the "snap lock" quick release, the latest incarnation from the 501 era. I don't know why it won't work on the 500s. The shoe on the cameras are the same except the location of the threaded holes were moved. The outside dimensions (the only thing important for the quick releases) is the same. Maybe there is something about the snap-lock quick releases that I don't know about.
     
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    Good morning, Brian;

    See if a "HeliCoil" can be fitted into the stripped threaded hole you have on your plate. This is a diamond shaped stainless steel wire that is wound into a spiral and when screwed into a special threaded oversize hole made with a special tap for this purpose, it restores the threads to "better than new" original condition. I say that it is better than new, because the likelihood of it ever stripping again is greatly reduced, and the fastener threads in and out so easily. Some engine manufacturers, such as BMW, use these in their aluminum engine cases from the factory to ensure longevity.

    If the standard length HeliCoils in your size are too long, I have successfully used a small cutoff wheel on a Dremel tool to shorten the HeliCoil to the length needed.

    And, yes, these actually are UNC thread specification devices, and, if we look critically at the specification, no, it is not the original 1/4-20 or 3/8-16 Whitworth Thread Specification, but fortunately it is very close, and should not pose any problem with our tripod screws. What is a silly 5 degrees in thread form angle between friends, anyway? Sorry, but I have not yet found listed in any of the catalogs HeliCoils for Whitworth threads. UNC, UNF or SAE, and Metric, but not Whitworth.
     
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    Yes, it could but instead of a helicoil I used one of those hole size adapters since my tripod can accomadate either size hole.
     
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    the cambo ballheads--the old kind--with the clamp on top for the dovetail "quick releases"....those JUST work about perfect for the hasselblad plate--you need no quick release adapter to just slide in the camera an screw in to tighten....you may want to get one of them heads.