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    Thanks so much everyone for your comments! It sounds like the differences are pretty much what I had surmised from the reading I did, but I wanted to consult some more experienced folks before I made the jump.

    I will likely be going with the 503CW. I'd like to put together a nice custom kit, but I think for now I'll have to just go with an 80mm lens, waist-level finder and 6x6 back (I'd like to add more lenses and a 6x4.5 with different finder), and build up my collection as I have the cash.

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    I'm in the same position as the OP with a couple of additional queries....

    Are the film backs compatible across the 500 series? I see on eBay that some film backs say they are "Hasselblad 500 CM..."

    Any reason these wouldn't work on a 503 CW?

    I presume that the lenses are all compatible through the series - am I okay on this presumption?

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    I found this article very helpful.

    http://www.photoethnography.com/Clas...html~mainFrame

    Hope it helps.
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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham
    I'm in the same position as the OP with a couple of additional queries....

    Are the film backs compatible across the 500 series? I see on eBay that some film backs say they are "Hasselblad 500 CM..."

    Any reason these wouldn't work on a 503 CW?

    I presume that the lenses are all compatible through the series - am I okay on this presumption?
    500 series means 50x or 501, 503, and 500, includes 500c 500c/m. All the film backs are compatible. But some prisms won't work with some polaroid backs. The 50x series are very basic. Box to hold the film back, lens, and viewfinder. You can mix and match black, chrome, whatever tickles your fancy.
    All lenses will work except for the shutterless types, which I don't have, and I don't know what those are called. You can tell cause there aren't any shutter speeds on the lenses.

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    Quote Originally Posted by copake_ham

    Are the film backs compatible across the 500 series? I see on eBay that some film backs say they are "Hasselblad 500 CM..."
    yes, the backs are universal between these bodies. BUT.......
    the older 12/24 backs are a bit trickier to load. As in, they don't have the auto start capability. It's more like using a red window & resetting the counter to zero.
    Heavily sedated for your protection.

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    Great info - thanks all.

    Is the 503 the only one of the500 series that has TTL metering?

    And (maybe an "impossible question), why does the 553ELX seem to be "less desirable" (going by eBay prices) than the 503CW ?

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    Hi George,

    I am not a Hasselblad shooter or that knowledgeable, but as I recall, the EL, ELM,ELX series all have a built in motor. The rechargeable batteries may need to be replaced however depending on their age, usage, and condition.

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    George, the 503CXi does also have the TTL but as far as i remember not the gliding mirror.

    jan

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    I've a 503CX. It has ttl as does the CW. I've yet to purchase a flash for it though.
    For what I saved by going with a used 503cx as opposed to a used 503cw, I was able to purchase a used back, a like-new waistlevel finder and put some money down for a 80/2.8C. I won't miss the winder, although the keyfob-like remote 'clicker' I do wish I could use. The gliding mirror i'm not sure if I would miss although I don't plan on using any long-ish lenses..

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