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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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    Check the hinges to see if they are bend out of position.
    Warning!! Handling a Hasselblad can be harmful to your financial well being!

    Nothing beats a great piece of glass!

    I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.

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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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