BREAKING NEWS: Hasselblad to cease production of its 503CW medium-format film camera: the Hasselblad V System

Hasselblad has just announced that it is to cease production of its 503CW medium-format film camera.

A press release issued by the Swedish camera manufacturer states:

The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company’s original camera line.

Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad Chairman and CEO said: ‘Everything has its place in time. The veteran 503CW combined with an extensive V System range of interchangeable lenses and accessories, was for 17 years the camera of choice for discerning professionals and aspirational amateur photographers.

‘But there has been a substantial decline in demand for this camera over the past five years or so and the time has now come for us to reluctantly consign the V System to history. In so doing, we would like to thank all fans and customers for both their loyalty and their enthusiasm for our legacy Hasselblad V System.’

He added: ‘Now of course the focus on medium-format capture is on our H System – the world’s most advanced camera system. The latest generation cameras represent medium-format capture engineering at its most exemplary and are well-placed to secure and underpin the company’s unrivalled reputation for providing highest image quality and craftsmanship. Additionally, we are focusing on new products for advanced enthusiasts.’

Hasselblad has confirmed that the last 503CW has rolled off the production line but the company will continue to provide V System accessories while stocks last. Hasselblad V System support will also still be available through current channels.

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  • Alex Hosking

    Being that these can take a digital back, I didn’t see this coming.

  • Douglas Fairbank

    Some kind of record, the same camera in production for over 50 years. I am sure they will still be in use 50 years from now.