Hasselblad 203fe (Bigger View)

This is a more than middle of the road model. Falls just below the top flagship & heavily auto featured Hasselblad model and the totally manually tuned models like the 501C. It is a ideal, versatile camera for the professional or amateur location photographer who wants good exposures in the simplest automatic fashion. Aperture priority, selective metering system provides excellent exposures automatically - also with CF lenses.

Automatic bracketing, programmable in 1/3 stop values, enhances the potential for perfect exposures when speed of shooting is crucial. Manual exposure mode with optional Reference mode for monitoring changes in lighting conditions/ subject brightness.

Its body is quite robust, built and covered with durable rubberised materials, silk textile focal plane curtain assures reliable shutter operation with electronically timed precision from 34 minutes to 1/2000 sec. Flash sync up to 1/90 sec. Shutter-speeds which are set automatically with an accuracy of 1/12-stop increments, can be set manually in 1/2 stop increments.

TTL(through the lens, off the film) flash metering system is provided with dedicated Flash. Programmable fill-flash function offers a professional solution for creating the desired lighting light automatically.

CF lenses and regular film magazines are compatible without losing the metering options and functions. Choice of manual or motor-driven film advance with accessory motor drive. Self timer with programmable delay for 2 to 60 seconds operates with the mirror in locked-up position. Double or multiple exposure capability is also there without removing film magazine for speed and registration accuracy. Actually, some of these features are started missing in all SLR except the top notch professional models. Hey.. wake up and what happened, Nikon, Canon, Minolta ?

Full Specifications:
Camera body: One-piece, cast aluminium alloy shell with tripod socket and tripod plate for rapid mounting.
Film advance: Manual with crank. Double exposure feasibility. Motor driven with winder accessory; maximum speed 1.3 frames per second. Instant return mirror in both operations.
Film format: 6 x 6cm and 6 x 4,5cm with different magazines. Film choice 120 and 220 roll-film, 70mm perforated long rolls and Polaroid film with different magazines. Specially developed E-series of magazines with pre-programming ISO-setting capability.
Shutter: Focal plane shutter, with electronically controlled speeds from 34 minutes (90s in Auto modes) to 1/2000s and B. Manual shutter speed setting in half stop increments.
Exposure metering: Selective TTL metering measuring approx. 20% of the image area. Metering range EV0,5-EV21,5 at ISO 100 and f/2,8. Exposure adjustment ±5 stops in 1/3 increments.
Exposure modes: Aperture priority automatic exposure using A-mode or D-mode, Automatic bracketing exposure using Ab-mode (with accessory winder) or Manual exposure using M-mode. Manual mode can be programmed to work as Reference metering mode.
Film sensitivity: Automatically transferred via digital data bus from E- and TCC-magazines or manually programmed value. Range 12-6400 ISO.
Flash sync: Up to 1/90s with focal plane shutter.
Flash control: TTL centre-weighted dedicated system with OTF metering. Useable with a wide variety of flash units using appropriate adapters (e.g. SCA390 or SCA590) and focal plane or lens shutter. Film speed range 25 to 1000 ISO. Flash output can be programmed with a separate adjustment for use as fill-in flash.
Viewfinder display: LCD and LED indications above the image area.
Viewfinder and focusing screens: Bright Acute-Matte interchangeable for other types. Full viewfinder image with all lenses and accessories. Standard foldable focusing hood interchangeable with 90° or 45° prism finders with high eyepoint eyepieces or magnifying hood with built-in diopter correction eyepiece. Non TTC viewfinders cannot be used.
Lenses: Carl Ziess wide aperture FE/TTC-lenses with digital data bus connections. 50, 80, 110, 150, 250 and 350mm. All F-, CF-lenses from 30 to 500mm. Tele Converter 2XE, PC-Mutar 1,4x converter.
Individual programming: In Pr-mode the user can program several camera functions: manual ISO-value, selftimer delay, flash exposure adjustment, Bracketing step and Reference mode on/off.
Camera operation: Smooth front release. Built-in self timer programmable from 2 to 60 sec. delay with operating signal on camera. Double exposure without removing the magazine. Instant return mirror.
Battery: 6V PX28L Lithium type or equivalent. Automatic battery monitor in viewfinder.
System Compatibility: All lenses and film magazines made since 1957. TTC- Viewfinders, winders and most other accessories.
Size: With focusing hood, lens Planar FE2/8/80 and magazine E12: width 117mm, height 110mm, length 185 mm. Body only: 117 x 110 x 91mm.
Weight: With focusing hood, lens Planar FE2/8/80 magazine E12 and battery: 1660g. Body only 745g.

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