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EMULSIVE Guides: Hasselblad V-System

There’s no arguing that over the course of its 55 year production, Hasselblad’s V-System, became one of, if not the world’s most comprehensive and flexible medium format camera system.

To fully understand the V-System, we must first go back to their first civilian camera, the Hasselblad Series One 1600F, which was released in 1948. This growing guide of long-form articles and documentation breaks down Hasselblad’s history, product development, and of course, provides exhaustive, user-verified information that is invaluable to existing owners, as well as those taking their first dip into the world of Hasselblad.


With ~35 camera bodies, ~70 lenses, ~20 film backs and a plethora of customisation options for finders, focus screens, electronic aperture control and lens shades to name a few, there’s a lot to cover.

Hasselblad V-System Master Guide - Overview

V-System Overview

The Hasselblad V-System Master Guide, a hub of in-depth articles and reviews intended to be an exhaustive resource for real, user-verified data on this classic film camera system.

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Hasselblad V-System Master Guide - Film Magazines

Film Magazines

This section of the guide covers roll film, instant and sheet film backs (designated by Hasselblad as “magazines”). This article outlines the variations in types, generations, compatibility, film formats and types.

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Hasselblad V-System Master Guide - C + CT* Lenses

C & C T* lenses

There were a total of 15 distinct C / C T* lenses made for the V-System, which covered focal lengths from 30mm to 500mm. C lenses were developed for the 1957 500C camera and C T* we introduced in…


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Hasselblad V-System Master Guide - CF, CF FLE & CF IHI lenses

CF, CF FLE & IHI lenses

The three CF, CF FLE and CF IHI generations/designations cover 19 lenses made over the course of nearly 20 years from 1980 to 1998. Together they cover focal lengths from 24mm to 500mm.

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