Today, Hasselblad launched the CFV-50c -- a medium format back using the same 50-megapixel CMOS censor in the H5D-50c that can be attached to any existing V-system camera. With no external cables required to connect the backs, the back is incredibly well priced at €11,000. While we're not quite sure what that means for the US market, the new back seems poised to be an incredibly affordable 50MP CMOS medium format system.
Selfishly, perhaps, I'm incredibly happy since I have a V-system (the 203FE) that I use regularly. But for everyone else who doesn't, this still opens new possibilities for the price range. It looks like the 50MP CMOS sensor everyone is raving about in the Pentax 645z and Phase One IQ250 will now be available at a relatively affordable price for those who want to build Hasselblad systems. The Pentax is cheaper to start, but once one adds lenses, the system adds up.
With an easily available V-system camera, one could build a kit with a few lenses for likely quite a bit less than $20,000. Of course, you lose autofocus. And for those used to the square format of the V-system, this is a 645-format sensor. Either way, I'll be looking forward to 65MB, 16-bit RAW files from my 203FE.
Key features of the new CFV-50c:
- CMOS sensor with ISO values up to 6400 provides lower noise levels, guaranteeing crisp clean images and picture-perfect colours.
- Long exposures with clean, noise-free images.
- Simple operation: no external cables required. (The CFV is the only digital back to offer this for V cameras)
- Live Video in Phocus in colour: Plus much higher frame rate than earlier CCD-based CFV backs.
- Larger LCD screen with higher resolution.
- New menu system and button layout.
- Ninety degree viewfinders. Now photographers can use the PM90 and PME90 viewfinders. (Easier portrait or vertical shooting)
- 12.5 MPixel JPEG option (in addition to the RAW file).
- New programmable button - a shortcut to a photographer's most frequently used function.
- Classic Hasselblad square crop option.
- Remote control option from Phocus using a 500EL-type or 503CW with winder.