Hasselblad returned my inquiry and stated that no H1D back is presently being sold for the H1. Makes no sense to me. What if I destroyed my H1D back and just wanted that replaced, assuming I was an H1D owner...are they saying that they would not ship/sell me one? I do not think so.
A missed marketing opportunity if so.
The Phase One back does look very nice howeverl
The H1D "back" is not a detachable piece of equipment you can take off and send in for repairs, or replace it by another back. So if you destroyed the back-bit in a H1D, and wanted only that bit to be repaired, the entire (!) H1D would go in for repair.
And i think that if you were an H1D owner, you wouldn't really like it if they would only send you a replacement back, and let you do the dismantling, reassembly and adjustment.
Qnu, I believe H1D DOES allow you the option of shooting film. They do not supply the film back, so you have to buy the film back separately. This means that Digital back IS removable. They don't sell the H1D back separately as one can buy the same thing as Imacon 132C-22MPixel & still give you an option to upgrade to 4shot back & with optional plates can be used for other cameras.
Regarding your question "Back" with H1D is esthetically better looking, but they are selling it as a bundled package for new buyers of H1, while existing H1 buyers can use their(Hasselblad/Imacon) 96c or 132c digital backs. Identical but it is a little bit deeper, so for guys like me with a little longer nose ;-) is a disadvantage but 132C is better functionally than H1D Back.
/Hasselblad_H1D.pdf That does tell you that you can use 120/220 film and also "Polaroid back???" can be used. If you got 22MB back why bother to use Polaroid back? but I believe they mean that it is a standard connection with the camera..
"Digital part can be replaced with optional film back".
In the October 2004 version of that .PDF, the paragraph about "Film capability" on page 2 does not exist. Though it also has the above line in the features table.
So there we are... The H1D is even less of a product than i thought.
Or is it? Who needs a dedicated digital H1D, i first thought, if an H1 with any digital back you want could do the same, or better? But now it turns out we not only do not need a dedicated digital H1D, but indeed do not get a dedicated digital H1D. Just a H1 with bundled back.
And there's nothing wrong with a H1, and digital back of choice...
A big BooHoo to HasselCon for trying to shift Imacon's products in the guise of new Hasselblad products anyway!
Shawn, you asked why bother for a pola-back when using a digi-back?
Polas cannot only be used for checking on light and setting but there are a lot of creative possibilities using polas such as emulsion lifting, image transfer, burning etc etc. - techniques you will hardly achieve with a digi-back.
Have a look on
Flo, Thanks a lot. In this world of Mega Pixels, I had forgotten that Clarity cannot replace Creativity. Also thanks for pointing the Polaroid site, it does have very nice creative techniques section, as you pointed out.