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    Compact wide angle for Hasselblad V-system?

    Hey guys,

    The time has come where I'm in the market for a wide angle lens for my Hasselblad 501c/m. Since I use this camera as a daily carry, I am looking for something that is relatively compact and similar to the weight of the CZ 80mm 2.8 I usually have on the camera.

    What are my options here? I don't mind trading a bit of image quality in exchange for compactness. Also, please don't just tell me to get a SWC .

    Thanks!
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    For Hasselblad, one doesn't have a choice of lens styles/formulations/versions of the same focal length from different manufacturers like one finds for Leica M. There are single choices for each focal length available. So, wider than 80, ones choices are the 60mm, 50mm, and 40mm. That's it. Which focal length do you prefer. I'm guessing that the 50 (feels like a 28 in 35mm format) will do the trick. 60 isn't wide enough for me. 40 is really cool, but not a small or light lens.
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    I would suggest the 50 too, but I have to say, the 40 FLE is really not all that much bigger or heavier than the 50FLE, I was pleasantly surprised by this. However, either the 40 or 50 is about twice the size of the 80, you just get used to it.
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    I have the older T* versions, and my 40 is significantly bigger than my 50.
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    The 40 CF FLE is quite a bit bigger than the 50 as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by karl View Post
    The 40 CF FLE is quite a bit bigger than the 50 as well.
    I'll post a photo of both with the shades on and off, not a lot of difference in my direct experience.
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    Unless you can find a third-party lens, I don't think that you'll find anything. Zeiss never opted for portability if it meant compromising image quality.

    There are very few compact Zeiss lenses for any format, and none that I can recall for medium format systems.

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    Really? A 501cm is your daily carry? For how long now?
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    50/4 or 60/3,5. The latter is quite close to your 80mm but the difference is visible. We had another thread on Hasselblad wide angles some days ago with some sample pictures of how the different focal lengths compare. If you only want one compact lens to carry around and leave the 80mm at home, I would recommend the 60mm. If you want to carry an additional lens then 80mm + 50mm or 80mm + 40mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Sintchak (rich815) View Post
    Really? A 501cm is your daily carry? For how long now?
    Yup it's been a little over a year now. 501cm, PM5 prism, CZ 80mm 2.8, and A12 back. Wear it across my chest "purse" style. Keep in mind my previous daily carry was a Mamiya RZ67 for almost 2 years


    Thank you everyone for the recommendations. There are different versions of the 50mm, is there a good resource that explains the differences? I haven't been able to find anything definitive on Google.

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