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Hi there,

I'd like to buy 2 or 3 Hasselblad A12 backs for my recently acquired (again) 500c/m. If you have one (or a few) in good condition that works as it should, and you wouldn't miss too much, please shoot me a PM.

Also, i'm looking for extension tubes.

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Thanks, i had browsed too. I was hoping for a slightly better price though :smile:
 

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Over the decades I have collected several 12/A12 backs, 5 total, which now seems like overkill as I use only 2 (low speed b&w and high speed b&w). Lately I've been using the A16 and A16S backs more. The 16S backs were dirt cheap ($20-40) and give a different way to use the Blad for creative portraits. Just my thoughts. RandyB
 

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The 16S backs were dirt cheap ($20-40) and give a different way to use the Blad for creative portraits. Just my thoughts. RandyB

I understand the benefit of the A16 back (6x4.5 negative), but I don't understand the benefit of the 16S (square) back. Other than the advantage of 4 extra exposures per 120 roll.
 

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The 16S backs were made primarily to make super slides for multi-media shows. The full 2x2 image slides are very impressive on the screen and the square image fit most projection screens better. Of course you can shoot any film in the 16S back it just gives you a 1 5/8" square image on 120 film. Think of it as a masked down 16 back. Just another tool for creative expression.
 
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Thanks for all the advices. I'm starting to think i should bite the bullet and shop at Keh's.
I don't think i'm going to go for the A16 but i was thinking that maybe i could get some A24 (much cheaper) and use them with 120 film (you're supposed to loose a frame but it should work, as far as i have read. Loose a frame but pay half the price, that's a lot of film to make up for it).
My ultimate goal is to have 3 backs that i could develop N-1, N, N+1.

Any thoughts - advice?
 

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Some say using a 220 back with 120 film creates a film flatness issue (the 220 film does not have backing paper through the entire roll, so the overall thickness is different). Others say it's a theoretical issue that does not have practical implications.

BTW, a similar argument is made over backs with matching inserts vs. those with non-matching inserts.

If I was looking to save some money, I'd buy the older C12 back before the A24. But that's just my opinion.
 

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Nothing wrong with trying to save a bit as long as the result meets your needs.
 

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The biggest practical problem with using a 220 back for 120 film is when you realize that the prize-winning, once in a lifetime shot you just took was on exposure number 16 of your 120 roll :whistling:
 
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Well, i have a Mamiya 7 as well, and i'm a master in forgetting to remove the lens cap. So that's quite possible that i'd both at the same time :D
 

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as a short cut for the Zone System try a thre-back method with three backs for N-,Nand N+in this case you can develop the N- for N-1/2 and the N+ for N+1/2. film latitude will do the rest.this worked for me, reduced the equipment cost and the weight.
 
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