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    Couldn't agree more with what was already said. I bought a 503CW recently at first with one 120 back. I now have three of them. There is just more variety of 120 film out there and that is why originally chose the 120 back.

    Now that I have more or less standardized on my film, and they are available in 220, I have been thinking of getting a couple 220 backs for my 'standard' film and using the 120 backs for the 'neat' stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PamelaHL
    Thank you for your feedback.

    I'd noticed that more films were available in 120 but hadn't realized they were cheaper.

    I shoot virtually exclusively B&W. I hadn't realized that +/- development would be available only with 120; why is that?

    I actually am not doing my own darkroom work, but my lab technician does it all by hand, and he will accommodate my requests for +/- development.

    Tom, I considered going with a 501CM but decided that I might wish I'd had the flexibility of the 503CW; do you have any thoughts about that? Do you find that you can hand-hold at some pretty slow shutter speeds?

    I also hadn't realized that it was the wedding photographers' switch to digital that resulted in my being able to afford a Hasselblad system! What irony.

    Again, my gratitude.
    The 503CW has OTF automatic flash metering capability - other than that it is like the 501CM. If the 503CW had been available in 1981 I'd have bought it instead of the 501CM.

    I can hand hold at very slow shutter speeds with reasonable success - however, with Medium Format, I shoot nearly everything with a cable release, from a tripod (I'm a sharpness freak).
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    Thanks, everyone. I think that I will start with one 120 back and then keep in mind the idea of adding a second as a way to help me problem-solve time crunches, lighting issues, etc. (unless the store happens to have a used 'kit' with more than one 120 back; wouldn't that be convenient?). There's a wealth of info on this forum. Thanks so much for taking the time to offer some of your thoughts and experience to help me. Now I'm going to start a thread asking y'all why you chose MF in the first place ....

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