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    A12 magazine not holding on to the body

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    I was out shooting with my 500 CM, finished one magazine and loading the second when it simply fell off on the ground. Lucky I was on a lawn and basically nothing hapened. I tried several times to attach the A12 to the body thinking I didn't push the round button all the way to the side. The A12 fell off every time. I have not opened the magazine yet, unfortunately it is loaded with film. Enyone has any idea of what may cause this? Is it time for a CLA or perhaps a I can do this myself? Thank you
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    Quote Originally Posted by naeroscatu View Post
    Hi Folks
    I was out shooting with my 500 CM, finished one magazine and loading the second when it simply fell off on the ground. Lucky I was on a lawn and basically nothing hapened. I tried several times to attach the A12 to the body thinking I didn't push the round button all the way to the side. The A12 fell off every time. I have not opened the magazine yet, unfortunately it is loaded with film. Enyone has any idea of what may cause this? Is it time for a CLA or perhaps a I can do this myself? Thank you
    I would unload it in a dark bag/darkroom and then investigate the body of the back after...


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    Time for a CLA.
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    Thank you Stone and Thomas. Both suggestions make sense, I will follow.
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    Well, the back is supposed to attach without using any force or using the round button. It's supposed to 'snap' gently into place.

    Furthermore, the back should not be able to detach when the dark slide is in.

    If the back does not snap easily into being securely attached, and it falls off with the darkslide either in or out, then your back OR your camera needs to be serviced. My Hasselblad has started doing this with one of my backs lately, so I assume it's the back since it works well with a different back.
    If you have other A12 backs you can try to load and unload and see if a certain back will repeat the problem.
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    Another thing to check (although it's probably the locking mechanism at the top of the back that's the source of the problem) is the little "feet" at the bottom of the body that hook into the slots at the bottom of the film magazine. They can come loose over time, and if so, it's an easy end-user fix that only requires a flat-head screwdriver to tighten up the screws.

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    so I assume it's the back since it works well with a different back.
    If you have other A12 backs you can try to load and unload and see if a certain back will repeat the problem.
    Thomas, indeed that was the fix on the field - I had two more backs that I was able to attach and use without problems. I also think the problem is with the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naeroscatu View Post
    Thomas, indeed that was the fix on the field - I had two more backs that I was able to attach and use without problems. I also think the problem is with the back.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sirius Glass View Post
    Check the hinges to see if they are bend out of position.
    If it worked with a different back, what are the odds of that?

    But I agree that it's not a bad idea to check...
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    A couple of things:
    First, look to make sure when you move the mag attachment button on top, that the prongs move on the inside face of the mag where it attaches to the camera.

    In the future, try to avoid snapping the mag onto the body rather than moving the attachment button back, attaching the mag and then releasing the button.
    As David Odess points out in his FAQ section:

    "How can I use my thumb to save my feet?
    When you put a magazine on a Hasselblad body, don't "snap" the top of the magazine on to the body. This creates a lot of pressure on the two feet on the bottom of the body, and will eventually cause the feet to bend. Instead, push the button on the top of the magazine over with your thumb before attaching the magazine to the body." http://www.david-odess.com/faq.html#q16

    If either of those don't seem to help. As has been suggested, get it CLA'd. Dave charges $95 bucks I think, to go through a mag and restore it if it can be restored. In using his services for years I've found he's worth it and as good as sending it to Hassie for factory service because he used to work for them before setting out on his own.

    And if your CM's feet are bent, the last thing I would try to do is straighten them out by myself. If they're not properly aligned and/or if the springs are damaged, you may cause more problems than just sending it to a qualified tech.
    Mark
    Last edited by Mark Feldstein; 07-17-2013 at 12:01 AM. Click to view previous post history.
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