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    HC lens compatability with other cameras

    I was told by my local agent for Hasselblad that they cannot be used on other camera systems. Is this accurate, does anyone know? I love my HC lenses but was thinking about looking at other MF digital systems.
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    Re: HC lens compatability with other cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by Analog6 View Post
    I was told by my local agent for Hasselblad that they cannot be used on other camera systems. Is this accurate, does anyone know? I love my HC lenses but was thinking about looking at other MF digital systems.
    That is correct. The HC and HCD lenses are electronically controlled, they are not analog/mechanical lenses like the Zeiss V lenses are.

    There is no mechanical aperture ring on the H lenses, so no way to stop them down even if there was a dumb adapter to mount them on another camera.

    Conversely, you can use the C series Zeiss lenses on any H camera via the CF Adapter. They can be fully indexed for the H meter but require cocking after each exposure, just like when mounted to a V camera such as a 503CW.

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    Re: HC lens compatability with other cameras

    Quote Originally Posted by fotografz View Post
    There is no mechanical aperture ring on the H lenses, so no way to stop them down even if there was a dumb adapter to mount them on another camera.
    You could mount the lens on an H body, use the DOF Preview button to stop the lens down, then physically eject the battery to keep the lens in that position as you take it off the body.

    You would need to repeat this each time you wished to change the aperture, and I cannot comment on how it would effect the life of the lens (I'm sure it's not "good" for the lens but couldn't tell you if it is meaningfully "bad").

    It could also only be used at that point on a body with a focal plane shutter, and could only be focused at infinity on bodies designed for lenses with shorter focal flange-distance lenses.

    So maybe for some niche applications. For most practical purposes: no.

    Maybe you could tell us what you're trying to accomplish that you're not getting from your current system and we could devise alternative means to do so.

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    Re: HC lens compatability with other cameras

    Thanks for those replies. Always good to check if info from dealers is accurate.

    Doug, I was just contemplating whether or not I might change systems at some time in the future. I shoot mainly landscapes but also enjoy shooting sports and birds and nature things - plus the odd people and buildings - as they 'come along'. I have no immediate plans (due to lack of $$ at the moment) but it is nice to know your options.
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