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This single-lens reflex camera is one of the primary building blocks of the Hasselblad System and is a perfect choice both for hand-held photography and as a studio camera. The 503CW combines TTL flash metering, 1/500 sec flash synch, power winder/IR remote options, and compatibility to peripherals past and present. The camera is compatible with the entire range of Hasselblad leaf shutter lenses and operates at lens leaf shutter speeds from 1 to 1/500 sec.

The 503CW is an ideal camera for almost all situations, wherever you may find yourself, and is easily adaptable to fit your situation or changing needs.

The 503CW can be used with any one of 14 different lenses, from 30 to 500 mm in focal length. All lenses are made by Zeiss, the world's leading optics manufacturer. Thanks to Zeiss T* anti-reflection coating and internal stray light reduction treatments, these lenses produce unbeatable image contrast and color saturation. The Hasselblad system also offers converters of the same optical quality 1.4x, 2x Converter xE and the PC-Mutar 1.4x for perspective control. Interchangeable film magazines allow for rapid reloading of film, change of film type or format. There are magazines for 120, 220, and 70 mm perforated film. Film magazines can be changed whenever you choose without losing a single frame. Exposure and composition can be tested immediately with the Polaroid magazine.

In addition to the standard folding focusing hood, several types of viewfinders are available for the 503CW, offering various viewing angles. You can choose between focusing hoods, reflex, prism and meter prism viewfinders. The meter prism viewfinders PME45 and PME90 feature TTL spot metering, center-weighted TTL integral metering, and incident light metering via a dome sensor.

The built-in flash control system (TTL/OTF) turns flash photography into child's play. A sensor measures the light reflected off the film surface and automatically controls the flash precisely to provide the perfect exposure, regardless of the lens focal length or lighting conditions. The 503CW is also incredibly easy to focus. The focusing screen is large and bright - 54x54 mm - and features a micro prism and split-image rangefinder. In addition an interchangeable 4.5x magnifier in the folding focusing hood facilitates precise focusing.

The film-winding crank can be replaced with the Winder CW, providing the 503CW with both automatic winding and remote control capability. The Winder CW 's SAI (Self Adjusting Interface) provides automatic adjustment for each individual camera body. The winder can be controlled manually or remotely with the Electric Remote Control lead or the Hasselblad Infrared Remote Control. With the Winder CW, the camera's ergonomics are particularly suited to handheld photography. The grip also comes in handy when turning the camera 90 degrees for vertical shots with the 645 magazine or format masks.

HASSELBLAD 503CW Specifications

Camera Type
Medium Format SLR (Single Lens Reflex) Camera
6 x 6cm format
Lens Mount
Exclusive Hasselblad bayonet lens mount; Accepts CFi/CFE/CF/CB lenses - 30-500 mm
SLR type interchangeable waist level focusing screen (standard Acute-Matte "D" type 42215 Microprism/Split-Image; a total of seven focusing screens are available; One-touch folding waist level hood with built-in 4.5x magnifier. Optional diopter
Focus Type
Helicoid (manual rotating mount)
Exposure Metering
Possible with optional metered viewfinders
Flash sync
"PC" socket for electronic flash connection on lens barrel. Flash synchronization possible at all shutter speeds up to 1/500th. TTL/OTF flash capability with Hasselblad D-Flash 40, Metz, Quantum Q Flash, and Sunpak systems.
Film Transport
Manual film winding crank located on camera body which simultaneously advances the film, resets the mirror and cocks the shutter; Automatic film advance possible with optional Winder CW (.8fps)
Camera Back
Interchangeable type
Tripod Socket
Both 3/8" and 1/4" sockets and tripod plate for rapid mounting with the optional Hasselblad Quick Coupling Accessory (Tripod Quick-Coupling S, #45144)
PC Terminal
Depth Of Field Preview
Yes - with lever on lens barrel
Mirror Lock Up
Yes - possible with switch below winding crank
Power Source
Fully mechanical camera; no batteries required.
180 x 114 x 110mm (7.08 x 4.49 x 4.33") LWH (with 80mm f/2.8 CFE lens and A12 film magazine)
Camera body only, 600g (1.3 lbs); with Planar 80mm f/2.8 CFE lens, and A12 film magazine, 1500g (3.3 lbs).
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