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Hasselblad unveils CFV-39 digital back

By dpreview staff on Jul 3, 2009 at 10:09 GMT

Hasselblad has announced the CFV-39 digital back to be used in conjunction with its V series of camera bodies. Featuring a 39 megapixel sensor, it offers two capture formats: 4:3 and square (at 29MP). It allows tethered shooting and offers a capture rate of 0.7fps. The bundled image processing software features digital lens correction for Carl Zeiss lenses that corrects distortion, lateral chromatic aberration and vignetting.

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Hasselblad Debuts CFV-39 Digital Back


New Back Turns V System Cameras into Digital Workhorses

June 2009: The new Hasselblad CFV-39 digital back, custom built to match the design and functionality of Hasselblad V cameras, turns every V camera into an easy-to-use digital workhorse.

The 39-megapixel back, with a sensor twice the size of premier DSLRs, features two capture modes and a new digital lens correction technology for Carl Zeiss lenses, powered by Mac- and Windows-compatible Phocus image processing software.

“Quickly and easily, the Hasselblad CFV-39 can transform a V System film camera into a high-performance digital camera,” says product manager Peter Stig. “Just snap on a charged battery, insert a CF card, add the back, and you’re ready to shoot.”

Among the CFV-39’s features and capabilities:

  • The Hasselblad Natural Color Solution offers a generic profile that delivers true colors right out of the box.
  • All V System cameras operate cable-free. The 202 FA, 203 FE, and 205 FCC are fully supported. Other 200 and 2000 series models can be used with C-type lenses only.
  • All F and FE lenses work seamlessly with the CFV-39 using 202FA, 203FE and 205TCC/FCC (camera requires slight modification).
  • There are two selectable image formats: square (29 megapixel, 5412x5412) and rectangular (39 megapixel, 5412x7212 pixels).
  • The sensor is 100 percent larger than a full-frame 35mm DSLR sensor.
  • Image storage options include using a CF card for untethered operation or computer hard drive for tethered operation.
  • A Hasselblad raw file format, 3F RAW (3FR), ensure that images captured with Hasselblad digital products are quickly, effectively, and safely stored on the available media.
  • The 3FR files can be opened directly in Adobe Photoshop CS4, in Aperture on Mac OS-X, and converted directly into Adobe’s DNG (Digital NeGative).
  • Hasselblad image files carry a full set of metadata, including capture conditions, keywords and copyright, facilitating image asset management solutions.
  • Fits traditional view cameras: with the V camera interface plate for mechanical attachment and the flash sync connection to trigger digital capture.
  • Capture rate of 1.4 sec per capture with 39 captures per minute.
  • ISO speeds range from 50 to 800.
  • H camera owners can gain full access to V lens DAC correction by using the CF lens adapter.

“The Hasselblad CFV-39 brings an ultra-high level of integration, flexibility, and image quality to the professional photographer who needs the best for mobile and studio shooting,” says Peter Stig.

Hasselblad CFV-39 digital back specifications

Sensor size 39 Megapixels (5412×7212 pixels)
• 29 Megapixels (5412×5412 pixels)
Sensor dimensions 36.7x49.0 mm or 36.7x36.7 mm
Pixel size 6.8 μm
File format Lossless compressed Hasselblad 3F RAW
CF card storage capacity 4 GB CF card holds 80 images on average
Capture rate • 0.7 frames per second
• 39 frames per minute
Shooting mode Single shot
Color definition 16 bit
ISO speed range ISO 50, 100, 200, 400 and 800
Image storage CF card type II (write speed >20 MB/sec) or tethered to Mac or PC
Color management Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution - One generic profile
File format Lossless compressed Hasselblad 3F RAW
LCD TFT 2.5”
Battery type Sony™ InfoLithium L NP-F series or compatible
Weight 530 g
Dimensions 91 x 90 x 61 mm [W x H x D]
Camera support • All Hasselblad V System cameras manufactured since 1957.
• 2000 cameras and 201F with C lenses only. 202FA / 203FE and 205FCC camera types need a minor camera modification to use F/FE lenses.
• All other cameras with Hasselblad V interface
Software Phocus for Mac and Windows (included)
DAC digital lens correction • Support for DAC for Carl Zeiss lenses included in Phocus.
• Supported lenses are CF/CFE 40 FLE, CFE 40 IF, CFi 50 FLE, CFi/CFE 80, CFi/CFE 120, CFi 150, CFE/CFE 180, CFi 250, CFE 250 Sa and CFE 350 Sa.

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