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Hasselblad does not give information about the future of its products.
As soon as the costs to design a product are recovered and the sales volume
drops any product is at risk to be discontinued.
Products are made or ordered in batches of several hundred units.
When it takes too much time to sell a complete batch chances are no new
orders for that product will be given. This product will be discontinued.
The information about products that are to be discontinued is not available.
In rare occasions slow moving stock is mentioned in the pricelist as a product
that will run out meaning as soon as stock is sold no new items will be available.
The 503CW was discontinued recently - I'm sorry I don't know exactly when. The only Hasselblad V series body still in current production is the ELD. Also, all V series lenses 180mm and longer are discontinued...
Not that I'm in the market for a second 503CWD/CWD-II, but I'm just trying to understand what has been discontinued. I thought that there were 500 of the 503CWD Anniversary models made and I assumed that all had been manufactured already and there might just be a few in dealer's hands still unsold.
So is it correct that Hasselblad is 1) still making the 503CW body and 2) still making the CFV-II back and so still making and selling the 503CWD-II (non-anniversary model) camera? If so, the V-system lives on, just in a reduced lineup (especially reduced lineup of lenses).
Re the discontinued lenses....glad I picked up a 180 CFi recently. Now I'm on the hunt for a 250 or 350 SA....if anyone has a lead on one of these (not sure I can afford one, but it's worth thinking about). I might have to add a 60mm too, just to complete my V-system lens lineup.
I too will dream on for a 48x48 (or better yet, 58x58?) sensor back. I wish Phase One or Leaf would come out with one of these.
Yes, I would be very tempted....even though my photo equipment purchases have no business purpose and hence make no rational, economic sense at all (as my wife makes a point to tell me every now and then).