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    AF lenses for V-Series Hasselblads?

    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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    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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    Quote Originally Posted by segedi View Post
    Helinophoto - Acute Matte D. I also found the split prism difficult to use on the Hasselblad.
    Thank you, now I know what to look for
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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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