Where to get Acute-matte D for my 503?

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  1. Helinophoto

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    Hi

    I think I need a proper focusing screen for my Hasselblad 503CW, I am so tired of misfocusing all the time.
    Right now, I do have some kind of matte-screen with a split prism in the middle, but I find it very hard to focus with (I do a lot of portraiture and still-animal shooting).

    When I've got the dang split-prism thing correct, the subject tend to move a little before I can take the shot and woops, out of focus... :sad:
    The matte-part of the screen seem to be "ok" concerning focus, but the split screen thing in the middle tend to distract -a lot-, so I am looking for an Acute-matte D with nothing what so ever in the middle.

    However, B&H doesn't have this version and I cannot seem to find places that sell this online.

    Any good tip on where to get such a focusing screen for my Hasselblad?
    As far as I know, the Acute-matte D is supposed to be better than Brightscreen, yes?

    Expensive stuff though, should be standard with the Hasselblad IMO...
     
  2. Ian David

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    If you have a 503CW, the screen in it should already be an Acute matte D, I think. So, unless somebody has swapped it around, a new screen won't be brighter, although you should be able to get a different version without the split-image rangefinder (I really like the split image myself).

    I would recommend contacting the ProCentre in London for info on getting the screen you want - they still deal direct with Hasselblad I think, and I always found them pretty helpful.

    Ian
     
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    Sounds like you already have the Accute Matte D with the split prism. If you want one without the split prism look at the big auction site, there's usually many screens on sale there. It is the Accute Matte D that is hard to find.
     
  5. Helinophoto

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    Ah, thank you =)
    - Yes, the screen currently on my hassy is bright enough, but the split-thing really slows down my focusing and making it cumbersome to operate.

    I have a clean screen with nothing in the middle on my Mamiya RZ67 pro II and focusing with that one is extremely easy compared to my Hasselblad.
    - Unfortunately, that has also had the effect that my Hassy often stays unused, while I bring the RZ67 pro II out with me instead.

    (And we can't have that now can we? :smile: ).

    Thanks for the tips.
     
  6. dnk512

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    Or try to focus around the center and recompose once in-focus. Save the split center for tricky situations.
    I do this with my split center screen (Maxwell on Autocord), though if I was purchasing again, I would be skipping the split center.