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    Hasselblad stopped making the V-series cameras in 2008, so everything is in order with yours. Any "new" cameras sold today are old stock.

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    I bought a new 501 CM kit from a big dealer in Amsterdam in 2010. The camera, back and lens (an 80 CFE) are from 2002, but they are new. So I wouldn't worry.

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    For what it's worth, I use a 1961 500C which, after a simple tune-up and relube by Nippon Photo Clinic in NYC, works as if it were made yesterday. I've never had to have my 500EL/M serviced, either.

    I wouldn't worry about it.
    See my work at my website CHRISTOPHER LANGE PHOTOGRAPHY

    or my snaps at my blog MINIMUM DENSITY
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    To update my situation:
    Many thanks for all the useful information and warm encouragement on this thread! Based on the postings here I went ahead and purchased the 503cw, together with some good used lenses (100mm and 180mm). Sure enough, it's a great camera, and I look forward to decades of photographic adventures.

    Again, my sincere gratitude for helping allay my qualms. I might have missed a precious chance to acquire what may well be one of the last V models made by Hasselblad.

    ~Bob

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    I'm with ralph and the others -- it has likely sat around, or been shuffled around, for the last couple of years but if it looks new, it's new.

    Every camera is used after you run a roll of film through it. So run some film through yours and be happy.

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    together with some good used lenses (100mm and 180mm)
    A very good choice indeed! Hope you´ll enjoy them!

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    Enjoy!
    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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    You have nothing to worry about! I just bought (late September 2012) a brand new hasselblad 503cw kit from B&H in NYC, a very, very reputable store. The 503cw model year? 2008! The newest 500 body they have in stock. And I also bought a brand new A12 film back. The model year? 2009! According to my trusted contact at B&H, these items are no longer manufactured regularly, with the newest stock being several years old. Once that stock runs out (in Sweden?), Hasselblad may re-start the production line, but for now 2008-2009 is the most recent production year for film bodies and backs.

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